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‘The Flash #763’ (review)

Written by Kevin Shinick
Art by Clayton Henry
Published by DC Comics

 

After the slam bang finale, this issue hits the spot.

Following the conclusion of Josh Williamson’s four year run on The Flash, we get a brief four issue run from Kevin Shinick. Going by the first issue, this should be an entertaining run

Barry Allen is out at the market on the anniversary of his mother’s passing. He realizes that his ring, with the secret compartment for his costume, is missing.

In retracing his steps, he discovers that it’s in The Trickster’s hands. What follows is a fun battle of wits and speed between The Flash and Trickster.

Kevin Shinick has written for Disney’s Spider-Man animated series, along with Robot Chicken and various other characters.

He has a handle on the rapport between Iris and Barry. Their chemistry is a highlight. The whole story turns on what the ring means to Barry. The reveal is real touching without being maudlin or corny.

Trickster and The Flash have a real fun back and forth in this issue.

The Trickster forces Flash to think and not just count on his speed. This forces The Flash to outwit Trickster.

The stakes involved are not very high. No crisis. No evil speedster.

Nevertheless, the story is engaging. It’s in the little details, like what the ring is made of and what it means to him.

Clayton Henry manages to bring a dynamic element to this issue. With the stakes being low, the action and story telling have to bounce off the page. And they sure do.

After the slam bang finale, this issue hits the spot.

 

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