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‘The Flash #61’ (review)

Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Christian Duce
Published by DC Comics


Joshua Williamson continues his Flash run with this issue, which is fast and a bit adventurous at first, and then takes some downright strange turns.

In the latest storyline, he has taken Barry to Corto Maltese where he introduced us to the new character of Powerhouse. She is a wielder one of the Forces and she has an agenda that The Flash doesn’t like. But he is teamed up with her nonetheless at the beginning of the issue as they are seeing eye to eye at that point.

The opening pages also have a bunch of The Flash’s rogues playing poker in Zandia. Things do get a little crazy. They seem to be waiting for Barry to come along so they can take him out.

Barry, as mentioned before, kind of has his hands full.

The Flash and Powerhouse are fighting these undead creature like things. They are fighting together at first. Then, she gets possessed somehow by one of these creatures and powers up.

But she becomes sinister. Now Barry and Powerhouse are at odds because she wants to overthrow the criminal government of Corto Maltese that’s hurting her people. And she will stop at nothing to accomplish this goal!

The fight between The Flash and Powerhouse is pretty short and a little unsatisfying. We just get a little bit of a fight and then we are rushed into a new bit of story. It did few a little disjointed but I went with it.

Barry returns home and tries to relax with Iris. But then it seems like the villains are plotting something. At that point it gets weird. Barry and Iris dress up undercover to infiltrate his rogues gallery. They want to find out just what he hell is going on. It ends on a strange note as well.

I don’t know what happened but again the whole thing just felt off. Williamson switches gears so quickly in this issue that we don’t really get a chance to breathe. The art is nice to look at though.

I’m interested to see where it goes but hopefully the next story has a little more time to breathe and let us experience what is happening rather than have us rush off everywhere.




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