Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Some thoughts about The Flash #23
Barry is celebrating his birthday and each one of his loved ones is present but he can't help but worry about what would happen if his worst enemy finds him right now.
A new arc opens and is a promising one, at least in terms of direction.
Joshua Williamson brings a new installment where he focuses on the relationship that Barry has been building-up over the course of his history including his romantic relationship with Iris and even an appropriate appearance of Hal Jordan. The characterization is pretty solid due that Williamson uses all the different sub-plots he has created during his run and thus the development seems pretty natural.
The way how Williamson uses some of the villains is pretty effective as well. Multiplex is presented as a genuine threat which is pretty fitting considering the nature of his powers. That surprising appearance at the end was also well-executed.
The problem is that Williamson's narration can still be a bit overwritten at times, particularly during narration boxes which can be too overexpository for their own good. Wish things were more subtle.
Carmine Di Giandomenico returns to art duties and I was missing his work a lot. There's great energy in every single action scenes which is perfect for this kind of book.
Good stuff aside from a few nitpicks. The next one can't come soon enough.