The Flash #65 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on February 27, 2019

Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Rafa Sandoval
Inking by Jordi Tarragona
Colouring by Tomeu Morey
Lettering by Steve Wands
This crossover was exploitative and unnecessary, but the team did a great job with this issue. It was emotional and earnest, and I'm genuinely curious to see where the DC Universe will go after that interesting, but admittedly confusing, final page.
The Gotham Girl story seems to have wrapped up with this issue, which was unexpected. I do take issue with Joshua Williamson concluding this story rather than Tom King, and it feels like King had a get out of jail free card and just cashed it in. Maybe he didn't have a story to tell with Claire. Maybe her story's coming up but King just needed some legwork done that he couldn't pull off. I don't know, I just review the books. Whatever the case, it's frustratingly unclear and I have to knock this issue for that.
We finally see some conflict between Batman and Flash, and it feels earned considering what HEROES IN CRISIS has done to myself as well as the characters affected in this book. Flash lost his best friend and Batman's partially responsible. It's sickening that so many were killed for no reason, and Flash is taking his anger out on Batman. I'm pretty sure this conflict isn't going to be represented anywhere else, say in JUSTICE LEAGUE, so I'm wondering what the next step of this story is going to be. The final page is so vague and confusing, which makes things worse.
Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey are one of DC's dream teams. Everything they do together is wonderful and there's a particular double page spread in this issue that just blew my socks off. I'm rarely impressed by these pages but Sandoval made excellent use of scale, detail, and emotion. It shocked me to my core and I'm ready for more.
As I said before, this whole story is just exploitative. Pure and simple. An issue's worth of story has been accomplished in four, and I'm not even sure when we'll see the ramifications of this issue. The art was simply phenomenal, which certainly helped things.

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