The Flash #61 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on January 02, 2019

Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Christian Duce
Colouring by Luis Guerrero
Lettering by Steve Wands
Barry's force quest continues, and this issue moves at a pace that really satisfied me. The character that Joshua Williamson and Rafa Sandoval created, Fuerza, grows as a character here and I quite liked what Williamson did with her.
Williamson has been injecting a lot of new characters since his tenure on the book started but it's with this arc that both the main cast and the supporting cast feels satisfyingly stable and fun to read about. Barry and Iris travelling the world together as they meet new superheroes is interesting and revealing, and Commander Cold and Detective Burns in Central City have a fun little romance that I'm honestly enjoying watching the development of. I used this word before but the word "stable" pretty much sums up what I think of the book right now, in the best way possible. All of the character dynamics are working very well for me and I think this book is going through a creative resurgence right now that is slowly turning this into one of my favourite reads of the month.
It's a pain to see Rafa Sandoval not drawing an issue of this book, which I think he was born to do, but Christian Duce has also been doing some wonderful work here. His pairing with colourist Luis Guerrero is a recent one and I initially wasn't a fan since I appreciated Hi-Fi's brighter colours more, but this team is coming into their own and Duce's style seems like traditional than before, and I feel like his style is settling. I still take issue with the grittiness of the colouring and how drab it can make the book feel sometimes, but this is the hand I'm dealt so I just have to deal with it.
I really enjoyed this. Lapsed readers should pick this up and get back into this book, as I think Williamson is finally telling the story he's been wanting to tell, and it shows; the characters are working in sync with each other and the art is fantastic.

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