Comic Review: The Flash #42 (DC Comics)

Barry desperate to regain his Speed Force abilities enlists the help of Godspeed to help him achieve this goal. In the hopes of using the Lightning Wand as the device […]

Barry desperate to regain his Speed Force abilities enlists the help of Godspeed to help him achieve this goal.

In the hopes of using the Lightning Wand as the device to restore Barry”s powers so he can become The Flash again, Team Flash may win against Gorilla Grodd and Negative Flash. But Godspeed and Barry bump heads when Barry’s motivation to the wand comes into question. Is Barry really trying to save everyone by regaining his powers? Or is he trying to avoid feeling powerless because being The Flash was the best thing to ever happen to him? Meanwhile, Wally (Flash)rushes to try to warn Wallace (Kid Flash) and Avery (Flash of China) and the other speedsters to escape Central City become Grodd achieves his plan. Will the other Speedsters listen to Wally? Can Kid Flash and Avery convince Meena (Negative Flash) to be a hero again? How will the rest of team flash react to Godspeed and Barry working together? And can they stop Grodd from executing the final stages of his plan or will they be too late?

With all of the players set and on the field, Williamson finally bridges these characters together and boy does it lead to explosive confrontations and revelations. Williamson has managed to bring out the best of these characters whether it’s adding more dimensions to GodSpeed’s character, displaying a side of Barry Allen that has rarely been seen before, showing what makes Wally West a true successor of Barry, and the optimism of Wallace and Avery. Each character and setup is laid out perfectly that by the time readers get to the center of the issue and read onto the final pages, it makes for an epic cliffhanger. In addition, Williamson has made Gorilla Grodd the most vicious he’s been in a long while, proving that Grodd is not one to be reckoned with and reminding readers why he has always been a worthy villain of the Scarlet Speedster. Williamson has a great respect for the characters and those that have written them before him that he’s added new layers to the history of the flash that will be talked about for years to come. I’m sure Comic’s Explained will have fun talking about this story arc on his Youtube channel when he covers this story in full after Williamson completes this arc.

In terms of art, Panosian’s artwork is great and in essence, reminds me of Klaus Janson’s artwork in a good way. His panel work is good providing a good sense of narrative direction that doesn’t lose the reader. Accompanied by Hi-Fi’s art makes his artwork stand out, even more, giving the pages power and life.

This is another strong issue and I definitely recommend picking it up. Williamson is doing a fantastic job on this title and he constantly proves it with every issue.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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