The Flash #40
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico
“PERFECT STORM” part two! Gorilla Grodd is after Central City’s Speed Force, and The Flash is on the run! But the one thing Barry Allen can’t outrun is the truth…and his nemesis knows a terrible secret about the Fastest Man Alive.
The Flash gets even more tense this week as the menacing villain Gorilla Grodd is dying and needs the speed force to survive, wreaking havoc in Central City to get it. He needs Barry Allen’s speed force specifically, as he is one the fastest speedsters around just behind Wally West. Grodd has also had a big connection with Barry as a villain for years, and seeing them but heads once again is very gratifying and entertaining.
Williamson does a phenomenal job of capturing the intensity and intelligence of Gorilla Grodd while he’s speaking to Barry telepathically. He asserts dominance in every scene, and the art further helps showcase that. Beyond Grodd, Raijin and Meena are trying to take down Barry and the gang, with Avery/Wally being able to take away the lightning rod staff. It’s pretty ugly for Barry though as he’s in a constant battle with Grodd mentally and physically. Things get crazy by the end, and Grodd successfully steals the speed force from Allen, rendering him to a normal human.
There’s an awesome Flash family dynamic that’s very fun to read, and I hope this continues further in upcoming issues. Even the ending puts emphasis on “Flash fam” with Wally West becoming the main Flash again when Barry tells him it’s time (for now) to protect Central City. The build up from previous issues was worth going through to get this eventful story full of twists, turns and dynamics fans have come to love.
The art is pretty great, and it perfectly matches the fast-paced action this issue delivers on. Although once again slightly inconsistent at points, the overall aesthetic works and delivers at the end of the day. The ending also feels a bit rushed, but the reveal was pretty cool nonetheless.
The Flash Rebirth run hits its best yet with this issue, and I think this will be a story Flash fans will remember for a long time. Grodd coming back as a villain is fantastic, and the team Flash dynamic makes it even better. Although it may feel slightly rushed towards the end, the issue overall hits every point it needed.