Grips of Strength Part 1
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Penciled by: Christian Duce
Colored by: Luis Guerrero
Lettered by: Steve Wands
Cover: Dana Mora
Variant Cover: Gabriele Dell’Otto
In the aftermath of the Flash War, we visit our heroes and how they’re dealing with the ruins of Zoom’s dastardly plan. Barry is now gripping with some major loss and as well as resolving some other unanswered issues.
Previously on The Flash…
Some spoilers for The Flash #51
The aftermath of Flash War hits hard and it leaves Barry with a lot to do and no sidekicks to help him. Iris narrates as we get a glimpse into the hearts of both Barry and Wally as the Flashes. Fast forward to Commander Cold living in Barry’s apartment and Barry moving in with Iris and Wallace leaving in a huff.
Want to start with the good news or the bad news? Let’s start with the good news.
Overall, this is a good issue. I mostly like the flow of the issue. The irony of Barry and his naive idea that he is the Central City expert and that everything is always the same. Williamson alludes to secrets that are under Barry’s radar, specifically, Iris’ memories and the top secret case his partner is involved in. I love Commander Cold. I think he’s a perfect stand-in partner for Barry. Come on Barry, give him a chance. It’s a shame he doesn’t even know his real name. I also like the idea of a partner as opposed to a sidekick…For once, someone who doesn’t worship the Barry Allen Flash. Barry needs to delve more into the work and not worry as much about having to be perfect for his mentees – Wally and Wallace. Also, the art in this issue is very strong. Duce pencils a great amount of detail. The art isn’t distracting, it actually makes me focus to make sure I don’t miss a thing. I also like the color combo of Cold and Flash.
The Not so Good
Now here’s the bad news. I feel there could have been more time spent with the multiverse Flashes. I know they are really fast and can get to wherever they need to go, really fast but for me, you call me all the way to the House of Heroes, we talk for 3 minutes and that’s it?? I would have had many more questions. “Other forces you say? What are those?” No one bats an eye, when Barry says, “Oh, no one knows what I’m talking about? Oh ok, thanks for coming, bye!” It is an immensely lazily written scene in an otherwise well put together story. Also, what in the Max Mercury is a “Para-angel?” Am I missing something?? Let me know in the comments. They are mentioned and disposed of very quickly and Barry is not involved with the interrogation of why they grabbed Trickster and how they knew he was there.