The Flash #60
Barry and Iris arrive in Corto Maltese to encounter Fuerza, a new Strength Force wielder, and are immediately drawn into the obligatory pre-team-up fight as Fuerza rebels against a corrupt police force. Their differences are resolved quickly, leading to Fuerza and Barry bonding over shared experiences and an exchange of knowledge before the police force raids Fuerza's sanctuary and attacks her friends and family.
Meanwhile, back in Central City, things are heating up between Detective Burns and Commander Cold as the pair are hot in pursuit of the latest unknown threat to Central City-- The Trickster!
This issue was fast-paced and action filled in terms of actual on-the-page events, but felt like a very slow developing, middle-of-the-arc issue in terms of propelling the narrative forward. Lengthy time-outs for explaining the scientific functions of how the Strength Force works abound, despite having hashed most of that information out in the “Grips of Strength” arc just a few months ago. Sandoval’s art continues to be a high point as he seems more than capable to provide the slick, clean pencils necessary to capture the sleekness of the Scarlet Speedster.
Of interesting note in this issue is a growing tension between the notions of a more global Flash (as we’ve seen throughout this arc) and the idea of a “homegrown/hometown” hero as we have become accustomed to with Flash. Fuerza suggests that locale and communal need may play a role in how Force Wielders are selected, shifting the manifest away from science towards the mystical, a concept Barry naturally struggles to grasp. With last issue (and again in this issue) raising the notion of Avatars for the Forces, however, the concept of the local seems perfectly apt in the sense of the Avatar having a “higher purpose”, perhaps even suggesting why Barry is so drawn to the defense of Central City. Time will tell.
The Flash #60 continues the saga of "Force Quest", raising a few potentially interesting wrinkles into the purpose of the Forces, but not really resolving much of anything.
The Flash #60: Standing Still at the Speed of Light
Writing - 7/10
Storyline - 7.5/10
Art - 9/10
Color - 9/10
Cover Art - 9/10
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