With Barry in possession of the Negative Speed Force he’s more powerful than ever. This power might help him with Eobard Thawne but it won’t help him fix things with Iris.
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Paul Pelletier & Howard Porter
With issue 27 the Reverse Flash arc comes to a fairly abrupt end. The irony of this story passing to quickly isn’t lost on me.
After last week’s issue Barry is invigorated with the power of the Negative Speed Force, so now he’s got some black on his suit and his skin is grey. It’s very 90s. The issue delivers on action. We get a good sense of what it would be for these two speedsters to fight each other. Their battle takes place all over time as the two run faster than ever before.
It’s surprising how early this arc is finishing. I expected this to run for at least another three issues but there is a concise conclusion here. Maybe I’ve just been conditioned by the 12 issue arcs we get nowadays. It just seems odd to bring back the Reverse Flash for a story for it to only run for a few issues. I guess he’s been about for a while and only just properly attacked Barry. The fight itself only further devalues Eobard, as the Negatively charged Barry kicks his ass every page. I don’t know if this is a negative for me or not, it’s still quite satisfying.
The art is hit and miss. Unfortunately there’s two artists. Both are good and I would have been happy had either been the only artist but as it is, there’s a clear difference between Pelletier and Porter. As soon as the art changes over to Porter everything becomes clearer and more defined. Personally I prefer Porter’s style to Pelletier.
Overall this was a decent issue but it’s a little jarring to see the story come to its conclusion so quickly.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.