And Then I Read: THE FLASH 6

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There’s a lot going on in this issue. Up front is Flash battling his old foe Captain Cold, with stronger powers. The freeze blasts come right out of his hands now, he doesn’t need the cold guns. Their face-0ff in the quick-frozen harbor makes for some stunning visuals.

Meanwhile, Barry seems to have a new romance going with Patty, another crime lab worker. And scientist Dr. Elias has come up with a new tool for The Flash to monitor his use of The Speed Force. It’s intended to prevent Flash from using too much and creating time disturbances. How long do you think that will work? Captain Cold is also the focus of a sub-plot involving his terminally ill sister, and reporter Iris West gets into the mix as well.

I like the way the story is told, beginning with the action, cutting in the sub-plots, and finishing with more action. There should never be a “formula” for a particular book, but this one works well here. Writers Buccellato and Manapul are doing a nice job.

And Francis Manapul continues to delight me with his stylish art, so very different from the general run of superhero art, and therefore all the more refreshing. Lots of creative layouts, clever storytelling, and lovely gray-wash enhanced drawing and inking. Great stuff.

Highly recommended.

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