Flash #40

by Batmanaruto on February 14, 2018

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colorist: Ivan Plascencia
Publisher: DC Comics

All of the concepts that Joshua Williamson created for this current Flash run feel like they are all coming together. The concept of the Black Hole, Meena, the Speedforce Storm and many more concepts are all tied to one another. Surprisingly as it was revealed last issue they are all tied to Gorilla Grodd. This issue really tries to explain Grodd’s motivation.
Grodd’s motivation is revealed to be that he needs the Speedforce because of the fact that he is dying from a sickness and needs the Speedforce to heal himself. Williamson definitely relies on his horror background when he writes the voice of Grodd as the voice feels epic but also scary as Barry hears the voice both in his head and as Grodd speaks to Barry. In the last issue, I wasn’t a huge fan of how many villains Williamson used, but I feel that in this issue there is a lot more balance.
I feel that the issue was elevated when Kid Flash and Avery left, as Grodd shows that Barry’s motivations to get them to leave where not as pure as he let on. Grodd reveals that Barry believes he is nothing without the Speedforce. I feel that this does echo one of the main criticisms of Barry Allen as a character, as a lot of people that dislike Barry point to the fact that he feels like he has very little character outside of the Flash.
Overall, I did really enjoy this issue and felt that it was a stronger issue than the start of the arc. Di Giandomenico’s art looks as good as it always those, but especially when you see Grodd’s face at the start of the issue. Di Giandomenico’s art is great for the Flash as it looks really kinetic. From where the issue left off I am excited to see how the arc will continue. 

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