Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Flash #16

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Price: $2.99

Too Late...

This issue picks up right where the last one ended. The Rogues were actually able to pull a fast one on the Flash making him think they were all in Corto Maltese when in actuality, they were all in Central City committing robberies. And like true Flash fashion, Barry blames himself for what has happened. He returns to find that all the robberies have already been committed.

Something’s Different...

As Barry is trying his best to find the Rogues a short conversation with Iris makes him realize he's been looking at the situation the wrong way. So The Flash does some detective work and realizes that the Rogues actually stole everything from each robbery. This doesn't seem right since in the past they would just grab what they could and get out of there. The Flash realizes this is their last heist.

The Flash Pulls a Fast One...

The Flash figures out that if the Rogues are doing one final heist then skipping town, then Heat Wave will be saying goodbye to his dead family. Not at their graves, so Flash tracks him down to the location where Heat Wave burned down his house with his family inside. Turns out he was saying goodbye to his first victims then blasts Flash with his heat gun.

Thinking he's beaten the Flash, Heat Wave meets up with the rest of the Rogues. They aren't too happy with Heat Waves decision to blast the Flash. The plan was if any of them were to be found, that person was to go to jail to give the rest of the Rogues a chance to get away. But of course Heat Waves blast didn't do anything to Flash who was faking it so he could follow Heat Wave to the rest of the Rogues. The issue ends with Captain Cold producing a Black Ice Gun made from the same tech that created the Speed Force Storm and pointing it at Flash. Simple yet great way to end the issue. I can't wait to see Captain Cold vs. Flash next issue!

The Confessional:

I'm loving the return of the Rogues. It feels like a fresh take on old characters and it's working. Captain Cold is upping his game and it leaves the reader wanting more. Then there's the artwork. Love it. I can't see a series like the Flash being that easy to draw with all the lightning and shattered mirrors and freeze guns etc. But Di Giandomenico does a fantastic job. The colors and shading and depth in the panels, love it.

Salvation: ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Brandon Reid | NCR

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