The events of The Button plague Barry’s mind but maybe his good old friend Hal Jordan could cheer him up. If the two didn’t have a city to save…
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colourist: Ivan Plascencia
There was a worry that The Button would be a throwaway arc to hype up the upcoming event but luckily Williamson has used the story well to build The Flash. Building directly off of The Button (spoilers for that) Barry can’t help but feel like Eobard Thawne isn’t actually dead. Seeing as this is a comic book he’s probably right thinking that.
While the last few issues of The Flash have been fairly action driven, #23 takes a small step back to consider the emotional impact these events would have on the fastest man alive. Now Barry has been fairly angsty recently but this issue manages to emphasise that without going so far as to bore the reader.
This is mainly done by the guest appearance of Hal Jordan. It’s been a year or so since I last read Green Lantern so it was fun for me personally to see Hal back. The banter and action the two share offers good contrast to the brooding melancholy of Barry.
The art must be mentioned. Di Giandomenico makes his return just like Hal does, proudly walking into Barry Allen’s life. Honestly the art in his place recently has been stellar but you really begin to miss the man. It feels like his style has been more refined. People look more emotive and bodies look more defined. His backgrounds and perspective shots are still some of the best in comics today. It really is like an architect decided to draw comics.
While not a fantastic issue it offers everything readers needs to enjoy themselves. Action, emotion, art, plot development. It’s worth reading this to see where the Color of Fear arc will go. I, for one, am excited.
Recommendation: pick up the issue