Review: The Flash #38

Written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen

Art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse

It’s been a while since I last checked in on this book so let’s see how the adventures of Barry Allen are going.

The Good

At its core, I really do like the story that is being told in The Flash. The world in the Speed Force is super fun and interesting, Future Flash is really shaking things up in the present, and it was really nice to see Mirror Master take control of things in this issue. I think if this title had room to breath and really tell us the story it wants to tell then it could be great, but unfortunately everything seems too rushed.

The Bad

My main problem with this issue is Future Flash. He is super reckless and suspicious for a person that has taken over someone else’s life. Future Flash has no restraint whatsoever and it doesn’t take a detective, or forensic scientist in this case, to tell that something is wrong.  I imagine this is partially done because the writers have to get this story done by issue 40 because of Convergence, but this rapid story telling really does not help at all. It also doesn’t help that this story seems like it has way to far to go in way to short of a time. Future Flash has to fight Overload and get found out by Patty while at the same time present Flash has to fight his through the Speed Force to escape and eventually confront Future Flash. The Flash is just moving way too… wait for it… fast for its own good.

For the most part, I’ve liked Brett Booth’s work on The Flash. I still really enjoy the design of Future Flash and the Speed Force is just a really fun place that just oozes excitement. Unfortunately, Booth has some work to do when it comes to his characters’ anatomies. Sometimes a character has a head that just doesn’t seem to be the right size, or a character that just seems way too tall. If Booth can iron out these inconsistencies then this would be a very pretty book.

The Verdict

I really want to like this book. The core of the story being told is really interesting, but unfortunately The Flash is moving way too fast for its own good and things are getting lost in the shuffle.

Story: 2 out of 5
Art: 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

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