Comic Review: The Flash #69 (DC Comics)

It’s the final chapter of The Greatest Trick of All arc! The Trickster’s pulled the biggest trick of all, tricking the Flash into losing his ability to run, leaving him […]

It’s the final chapter of The Greatest Trick of All arc!

The Trickster’s pulled the biggest trick of all, tricking the Flash into losing his ability to run, leaving him amputated. With the rest of the hostages and Rogues under the Trickster’s sage force influence, can he pull off his last great heist!? Can the Flash find a way through his current predicament? Or will Central City descend into the illusion of joy or Madness?

Williamson has placed the Flash in an interesting place where he has to accept what he denies. Given this is post Heroes in Crisis, Barry obviously still carries the guilt of what happened to Wally, but since he has been preoccupied with The Trickster, all Barry has done is suppress his feelings about Wally’s supposed passing. But more than that Williamson finds different ways to push Barry into uncomfortable places that makes an issue such as this an enjoyable read.

Admittedly there are times where it can feel a bit wash rinse and repeat with Barry, but thankfully Williamson has managed to steer things in the right direction. But to be honest, Barry isn’t the focus of the issue for me, because the character that really stole the show was The Trickster. In all my years of reading the Flash, I was never as interested in the Trickster as a villain compared to the other Rogues, but Williamson finds a new layer to the character that made him more interesting to see how he develops during Williamson’s run. Without spoiling the book, it’s a fun issue.

Kolins Illustrations and Guerrero’s colors blend together to make a visually fun read. Kolins is no stranger to the Flash and this is the best his art has been throughout the arc. Personally, for me, I think the final pages are possibly my favorite due to the cinematic setup and essence that evokes a familiar feeling of nostalgia. Steve Wands does a great job with the lettering, bringing the dialogue and art together to create a visually awesome comic. I definitely recommend picking this issue up for new comic book day!

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