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The Flash #5 Review

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Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Felipe Watanabe, Andrew Currie, Delair Albert, Ivan Plasencia and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016

In general, I have been a fan of Josh Williamson's Flash so far, but I really want this whole Godspeed reveal to happen and happen fast!  Is it August?  Is it Carver?  Is it Meena?  Is it Eric Shea?  My money is on the latter, but I guess that only time will tell.  Williamson is playing the waiting game and I will admit that I am getting a bit impatient.  So, does this issue give us the big reveal?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with a little Meena backstory and I have to admit, it threw me off a bit.  It seems to me that the only reason that Joshua would give us a refresher course on the Flash's new gal is that she is Godspeed or is in a whole lotta trouble.

After the history lesson is over, we see Barry and Meena enjoying a sunset in Bali and I really do like seeing Barry get to relax a bit.  The guy deserves it and he really seems to be in a good place right now. 

Afterwards, Barry goes to meet Iris for breakfast, while Meena heads off to the STAR LABS Speed Force Center.  Williamson continues showing a happy Barry who is suddenly on time for the first time in his life and stops just short of gushing to Iris about his new love. Speaking of which, Meena is at the Center when she senses a Speedster outside.  It's Wally West and that makes me smile.

It's about time Williamson gets Wally in the mix and while he tries to tell Meena he has no connection to the Speed Force, she knows better.  Alright, we're going to get to see Wally train with the other Speedsters at the Center, right?  Wrong!  Meena is going to train him herself and goes as far as calling herself Wally's partner.  Okay, this felt off.  Why would she go through this much trouble just for Wally?  I smell a rat and it is really stinking up the joint!

After Wally shows Meena that he can go all (Speed) Force Lightning, there is an emergency and the two new partners rush off to save some in trouble window washers.  It's a cool way to show that the two already work well together, but again, it feels rushed and odd.

We then get a scene that we haven't seen much of lately...Barry at work.  While Singh seems ready to fire Barry, it's August Heart to the rescue!  August has been kicking ass at work, even with his secret second life, and has requested that Barry help him on his newest case.

It doesn't last long as we see that the Center has become the site of an attack and even get to see the big bad.  Can you guess who it is?  Avery runs off to get the Flash, but by the time August, Avery and himself get back to the Center, it is in ruins.  The issue ends with Flash wondering what the hell happened and where his new gal pal has gotten off to.

This was an good issue of Flash, but Williamson has been forcing the story along a bit lately and this issue it's Meena and Wally.  That whole part just felt out of nowhere and I hope that it was suppose to make us not trust her because I am right there.  I know that we see some things that say otherwise, but I still think she is involved.  Other than that, Williamson is moving ahead at a snail's pace and until the last couple of pages, not a whole lot goes on in this issue.

I liked Felipe Watanabe's art, but with each new artist on this book, we are getting further and further away from Carmine Di Giandomenico's series defining look.  I know that I bitched and moaned about Carmine's work when Flash started up again with Rebirth, but if I admit I was wrong, can we please get him back?  I was wrong!  Do you hear me DC???

Bits and Pieces:

Joshua Williamson continues his slow burn Godspeed story, but the forced nature of relationships in this book is starting to bring me down.  The issue ends with a pretty emotional and heart wrenching cliffhanger, but after so many issues, I want to knwo what's going on and move forward with it.  Is that too much to ask?  I think not!!!


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