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Speed Reading! – The Flash #36
May 14, 2015Posted by on
Yeah….it has been a while, hasn’t it? The Flash hasn’t been the only one “trapped in the savage Speed Force” since October. I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately. But, I’m back, and I’m all about getting caught up!
When we last left The Flash, Future Flash was stuck in the present, Future Wally is dead, and Barry was stuck in the past. Jams abound. Turns out that Barry was thrown into the Speed Force (but a different area of the Speed Force than what we have seen before), and Future Flash de-aged twenty years to pass as his current-day self (how convenient).
Barry meets Selkirk, a man who is part of (leads?) a settlement of other people who have been sucked into the Speed Force from the past and present (time has no meaning here). They battle their way to the settlement, fighting dinosaurs and future robots.
Meanwhile, Future Flash gets creepy with Patty and assumes Barry’s life. This causes various misunderstandings throughout the day as Future Flash misremembers some details from his life 20 years earlier such as thinking he is good buddies with Director Singh when the opposite couldn’t be more true (perhaps one day).
Eventually, Future Flash decides to kill would-be villains before they can become villains.
All this is pure set-up. By the end of last issue, I was kind of done with the Future Flash, but at least the story has been reset and going in a new direction. Though I do feel that there is some repetition here from the previous run. It wasn’t that long ago when Barry was stuck in the Speed Force and disappeared from the public eye. Granted, there is enough happening here to keep things fresh, but there is still a feeling of redundancy.
I still like Brett Booth’s art. Loves how he draws the Flash. For whatever reason, he needed an assist with this issue. I have to give DC a thumbs up for paring Booth with Andre Coelho whose art is style is close to Booth’s. So much so that I didn’t realize that two artists were used until I took a closer look.
So, that’s that. I have really nothing else to say about this issue. Let’s see where this goes.