It’s an impressive feat for a writer nearly 60 issues into a run to make a story feel like a reset. That’s exactly what The Flash #58 feels like, a new direction and a new story.
Joshua Williamson is joined by a new regular art team this issue–Rafa Sandoval & Jordi Tarragona–with color art by Tomeu Morey and letters by Steve Wands. Calling the story a new beginning might be a little cliche or hokey, but it’s true.
Barry Allen and Iris West have left Central City behind, embarking on a globe-trotting expedition to find the other fundamental forces that now exist alongside the Speed Force. This brings them to Southeast Asia, where the Flash finds himself face to face with a pair of possibly immortal thieves calling themselves Gemini. However, the Speed Force guides Barry to Gorilla City, where something has committed a slaughter.
Williamson’s story is an exciting new start for Barry. It’s fresh and exciting, with interesting new challenges and adversaries. It still feels distinctly like the Flash too.
One place the story really shines is in its characterization. The relationship between Barry and Iris feels earned and natural, and their individual personalities shine as well. Gemini is an immediately interesting pair of adversaries that fit right in with the Rogues.
Sandoval and Tarragona’s work is an exciting breath of fresh air for the series. It’s energetic and fun, with a perfect grasp of speed and motion that makes The Flash work. It also has a great level of detail–with the first scene of the issue taking place in a open air market that just is full of life. Morey adds so much to that with a bright palette that really brings it to life.
This is a great jumping-on point for anyone interested in the Flash, and a fun next stage in the life of the scarlet speedster.
The Flash #58 is available now from DC Comics.