The Flash #41
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Neil Googe
“PERFECT STORM” part three! The Flash has lost what he prizes most of all and must call in an old ally to protect Central City while he sets out to get it back…Wally West! But with a new Flash protecting his city, will Barry be willing to cross lines he never crossed before?
After the action-packed and entertaining issue 40, things get a bit slower (no pun intended) when Barry is now stuck in a new predicament; being powerless. As he desperately tries to get his powers back using the lightning rod from Grodd, Wally West is left as the main Flash. West is finally back as the FLASH of Central City for now, and it’s up to him to save everyone stuck in time. Barry Allen still gets the most development here, or actually is it a bit of a step-back for the character? I think so.
As I said before, this issue has a large amount of Wally West, and it’s easily the best part. His storyline is still extremely interesting and I truly feel for him when he talks about characters that once knew him in the previous timeline. I’m not sure the same could be said for Barry, as he starts to go back to his bad habit of pushing people away; emotionally and physically. This is a bit concerning due to the amount of time the series has spent improving his flaws by having him learn from mistakes.
It’s understandable since he’s now dealing with being powerless in such a dire situation, but I hope it doesn’t last too long. I’m sure his actions here will impact the story and the rest of the series, I just don’t want this to end up being an arc for him that we’ve already gotten before. I have hope however that the upcoming issues will get Barry back with his powers, and hopefully move on to the next step for the character.
Besides my feeling towards Barry’s actions, the side characters are still great and well realized. Kid Flash and Avery are being set up to possibly get Meena aka Negative Flash back to normal, and I can’t wait to see where their adventure leads them. The reveal at the end with Godspeed seemingly using his powers for good is very intriguing, and I’m slowly but surely being convinced he’s gonna become a crucial part of the new Flash family.
It’s another fun and entertaining issue of the epic “PERFECT STORM” story arc, and I’m really enjoying it so far. Although the character of Barry seemingly takes a step back or two, Wally West remains to be a character worthy of the Flash mantle. I love Barry Allen as the Flash and he’s my favorite speedster, but is time to give the name back to Wally West? That’s something I’m sure “Flash War” will address.