Writer: Joshua Williamson / Artist: Neil Googe / DC Comics
Issue #4 of The Flash was a step, not a gargantuan leap, forward in the right direction from what came before it. While it’s still not anything worth telling all of your friends about, if you’re a fan of the Flash and are looking for some new stories about the character, here you go.
This issue kind of took place in a vacuum. Outside of the last page, nothing happened that couldn’t easily be recapped in a couple panels in the next issue. Barry’s still on the hunt for Godspeed and learning more about the dozens of people that suddenly had access to the speedforce.
One interesting thing that was revealed in this issue, however, is that it’s looking like most of this won’t be permanent – like anything in comics actually is. Out of the many people that tapped into the Speed Force, only a small percentage will probably keep their abilities when it’s all said and done.
The stiffness of Barry Allen’s character is slowly melting away as everyone around him breaks down his titanium shield of responsibility. Apparently having a classroom full of students instead of just a couple sidekicks makes him channel his inner Mr. Miyagi as he dramatically closes his eyes and leads breathing exercises like he’s at the local gym.
In regards to the last page… come on, Barry. Why do you keep doing this to yourself? Is that really all it takes?