Barry is still dealing with the after effects of using his new “Negative Speed Force” powers and now he has to investigate with fellow colleagues, but without his speed. This week’s issue takes it slow but I think it’s exactly what it needed.
In my last review, I was pretty open on how much I thought the last two issues were disappointing to me. I’m still a bit skeptical on the story being told, but I think I see where writer Williamson was going with this. This week’s issue is very solid all around, it slows down the pace a little and focuses on the C.S.I. part of his life. Iris and Wally aren’t around as they are dealing with the events from Reverse-Flash’s big comeback. It’s all about Barry and I really enjoyed it.
Williamson proves once again that he knows how to write Allen with ease. He’s always trying to do the right thing no matter what, always attempting to save everyone. That however causes problems for him a lot of the time. This is a recurring theme in this series, he always thinks to save everyone before saving himself. For example, at the very end of the issue, Barry tries to save a room full of people without his speed. The problem is that the whole room is catching fire but he tries to save them all anyways. He does the right thing, but he goes unconscious because of the smoke. Of course he won’t die, but it shows how much he’s willing to do what it takes to save lives, even if it costs his own.
The art is excellent and quite different than before. It really matches to pace and how the story is going. Barry Allen has to now rely more on his wits and investigative abilities than ever before. So making the art sharper looking and added to the immersion in the story.
Overall, this is pretty top notch stuff from the Flash team. I feel like we’re back on track with this one after the last two disappointing issues. I’m very intrigued to see how the mystery unfolds, as it brings in a new villain for Barry to face.