The Flash #13 Review
Has Flash run out of steam?
The Flash #13 seems to be the issue where the title has found itself finally stuck in a rut. In previous issues the focus has been on Flash and to a lesser extent Barry Allen as he faces off against members of his Rogues gallery individually and issues with the Speed Force and apparently a pending legal issue. Everything has been leading up to the past few issues and in #13 it finally falls flat with the Rogues and now Grodd in on the action you don’t know where to focus your attention and Flash seems to get lost in the shuffle somewhat mainly because as you would expect with so much going on and so many different characters to focus on there is an awful lot crammed in to a single issue.
The art in this months issue is between above average and good which although could be seen as a good thing is a let down when compared to the artwork in previous issues which appeared a lot of the time to be painted on to the page. I agree it’s not really a bad complaint to have and maybe the fact that there is just so much going on in this issue it made it that bit harder when drawing to make sure everything was fitted in and that nothing was missed.
Overall it feels that the creators spent the time assembling the ideas and strands earlier in the series but now are struggling through them all and not putting much thought behind it. There is way too much going on in this issue and sadly this is at the detriment of the main character who at times seems to blend into the background. It seems to mark the point where The Flash title has fizzled out and the big question can a fire be lit back under it and bring it back to life. I think it can and will be done and the issue would have been seen as better if only there was less going on and things were less frantic but in the grand scheme of things especially when compared to previous issues has to be classed as a let down and a mediocre issue of everyone’s favourite Scarlet Speedster.