In a behind the scenes interview, a writer of a popular TV sitcom recently stated their show subverted expectations by burning through an entire season’s worth of story in a single episode. After I read The Flash #62, I realized this creative team had just done the comic book equivalent of just that, and it was all the better for it.
Joshua Williamson, Christian Duce, Luis Guerrero, and Steve Wands with a cover by David Yardin brought us this story. It’s a fast-paced adventure (pardon the pun) and brings us the next stage of the quest for the new fundamental forces.
[**Mild spoilers ahead!]
Continuing their adventure in Zandia, Barry and Iris have allied themselves with Psyche, a supposed ARGUS agent empowered by the Sage Force. Psyche details a plan to con Roulette, one of the most powerful people in the country. However, his actual plan may have dire consequences for the Flash…
Williamson burns through three to four issues’ worth of story in this issue, and it’s actually stronger for it. Instead of occupying this issue with talking and plotting, it jumps right into the action, which makes so much sense considering this is a Flash book. If it were Batman, maybe it wouldn’t, but here it does.
Duce and Guerrero’s art works for it. Duce knows how to draw the eye to the focal point of his layouts, and Guerrero’s color art is able to highlight that. There are a few places though that a lot of the background figures feel very “samey” with similar facial expressions, positioning and the like getting repeated throughout the page. It pulled me out of the story a time or two, but in the end, wasn’t a major problem.
The “Force Quest” is drawing to a close and I’m really looking forward to where The Flash goes from here.
The Flash #62 is available now from DC Comics.