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Writers Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato continue to bring in their own versions of long-time Flash villains with the Weather Wizard featured this issue. It takes place in what I think is a Central American country and involves a family involved in crime and drugs. The story is well-told, but this Weather Wizard is not appealing to me as the one from the 1960s. He seems less sure what to do with his power, and much less in control of the situation and his own life than would make for a really threatening villain. True, he does create an impressive flood that Flash must deal with in an action-filled opening sequence, but then tries to run away. You can’t run away from The Flash.
In a subplot, Barry Allen rescues his girfriend, but is unable to tell her the big secret he wants to reveal. And Iris West and others are still trapped somewhere in the Speed Force.
Guest artists Marcus To and Ray McCarthy do a nice job filling in for Francis Manapul, who I’m sure appreciates the help, though their work is in more traditional comics style with black linework well colored. Looks good, but it’s not as fresh and innovative as Manapul’s own art on this title using gray washes.