The Flash #44
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico
“PERFECT STORM” part six! Grodd rains lightning down on Central City to burn it to the ground. The Flash is as fast as a bolt of lightning, but is he as fast as a thousand?
After Grodd lost the fight for control of the speed force in the last issue, this week it’s time for the Flash family to put an end to the destruction of Central City. The stakes couldn’t be higher and the quality has rarely been any better, that’s saying something. The (Rebirth) Flash series has been pretty great so far, it’s had its ups and downs but it has me invested in the story and characters. The finale for a “PERFECT STORM” is not only a good taste of what a full-on Flash family comic would be like but also does a great job finishing the storyline.
Barry and the team are rushing to save Central City from the speed force, which also includes dealing with Gorilla Grodd. He gets defeated when Allen uses his powers against him and it’s pretty glorious. Everything is falling apart but the characters seem more like a family than ever before. The moment when Barry decides to risk his life by himself but instead confronts the final truth: they are faster together.
The art is glorious when it shows each speedster running together to save Central City, this is what all of these issues have been leading up to. Barry almost makes the same mistake for the tenth time of doing it by himself, but the last second team-up with the letter being read over it is magical. When they succeed in stopping the speed force storm, Godspeed leaves before he could finish what he was going to say to Barry. Where he ran off to isn’t clear, but I think he truly knows what he’s done wrong and returned to Iron Heights. To me he’s the Jason Todd of the team, although he’s done a lot of bad, he’s determined to make the better choices.
The final panel teases how Zoom is planning to have Wally take Barry’s place as the Flash, claiming Allen is no real hero. The Flash War is going to be crazy and I really can’t wait to see what happened between the iconic characters. Lots of history lies between West and Allen, so it’ll be interesting to see what is used with/against them.
This is not only a great issue for The Flash, but it may be the one yet in the new Rebirth line. The action and scale is nothing like we’ve seen before in a solo Flash comic for years, and the characters are more fleshed out than ever. Although is does set up Flash War, it’s great to see Barry and Wally with the rest of the Flash fam working together.