Written by, Joshua Williamson
Pencils by, Rafa Sandoval
Inks by Jordi Tarragona
Colors by, Tom Morey & Hi-Fi
Previously, The Flash and Iris have been on a quest to learn about The Sage, Still, and Strength Forces, which was released during the events covered in the Justice League book. In the previous issue, The Flash follows The Speed Force to Gorilla City where he learns that Gemini, a pair that consists of Santiago and BellaDonna, are also in pursuit of the secret of The Forces. In this issue, The Flash has a conflict with Fuerza, who has gained power from The Strength Force and uses it to protect her people. The Flash quickly allies himself with her who informs The Flash of her ongoing conflict with Cauldron, who is guilty of violence against her people. However, when The Flash and Fuerza meet Cauldron he has possession of The Sage Force, which equalizes the conflict.
This story moves fast from story beat to story beat as The Flash meets a new character at Corto Maltese and gains a new enemy there, as well. What interests me about this conflict is the human interest narrative, which Fuerza represents. The Flash has frequently represented the heart of the Justice League because of his compassion for others. This story furthers that narrative. Another interesting aspect of the story is connected to Commander Cold who continues to defend Central City while The Flash is absent. The interesting part of this minor arc is the inclusion of Trickster and two other characters. What will be revealed through Trickster who was recently infected by The Strength Force before losing it?
The art by Sandoval is a highlight of this issue for both the details provided in character’s faces and his rendition of The Flash using The Speed Force. The art also helps the story flow as it captures several conflicts and changes in settings involving multiple characters. First, a conflict between The Flash and Fuerza, then Fuerza’s origin story as she connects with The Strength Force. Followed by, Commander Cold’s confrontation with Tricksters group, and finally, Cauldron’s conflict with The Flash and Fuerza.
Overall = 9/10
The story moves and doesn’t get bogged down in the emotional gunk that plagued The Flash in previous stories. Instead, the writer taps into new characters to infuse meaning in the conflict and flush out the importance of the conflict to the human race. On this point, I am especially interested in Fuerza’s character and if she’s here to stay, and how she will continue to wield The Strength force to help others. I highly recommend that fans of The Flash pick up this book to see what new fact is learned about the new Forces.