The Flash #58 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on November 14, 2018

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Rafa Sandoval
Inker: Jordi Tarragona
Colourist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Steve Wands
I was pretty excited for this storyline, mostly since Rafa Sandoval is joining the book with this issue. Sandoval's fantastic and really impressed me with his Green Lantern stuff, and the idea of Flash going around the world in search of these new force powers is interesting enough.
Unfortunately, the book is currently experiencing one of its slumps. I guess I'll explain what I mean. The quality of this book, quite frankly, fluctuates at such a strange rate. It could be that one issue is utterly fantastic and gets you very excited for the future of this book, but the next issue is an absolute bore and does nothing to get you excited for what's next.
Williamson seems like such an unconfident writer to me. He's constantly explaining things that happened in previous issues, and I'm not sure if this stems from a genuine insecurity or if the sales numbers of this series indicates that new readers are always jumping on to check the book out. Every other arc has a solid hook, so I'm not disparaging new readers. It just seems that Williamson is always writing for the audience who hasn't been reading from the beginning. This issue is unexciting and trite, and that's such a shame.
Sandoval's art is pretty great but if there's nothing for me to get excited about, then my impression of the art simply diminishes. Sandoval is clearly stretching and having some fun with this book, and his regular collaborators Jordi Tarragona and Tomeu Morey both do excellent work here as well. If only their hard work could be better appreciated in a different book.
With this issue I'm officially reading this for the sake of reviewing it. I no longer care about anything happening here. The potential is there but Williamson is constantly shooting himself in the foot when it comes to getting me excited about this book. He has a great idea here but it's truly sad that he isn't doing it justice.

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