Barry Allen is facing the fight of his career in the New 52. Last issue it appeared that Gorilla Grodd got the better of him and Solovar. With the attack by Grodd's army, it's a bad time to be living in Central City. It's not just Barry in the fight for the city. Seeing the Rogues in action is always fun. There's definitely going to be serious ramifications from the events of this story arc.
As Barry fights to recover, Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato give us a visual treat as we see the possibilities of what could happen. Manapul likes to play around with the way the formatting and layouts of the pages and it's something worth checking out. You'll want to look at each page carefully as the beauty of it might make you overlook the implications of what could happen.
Along with Manapul's art, we also get half the issue with Marcus To's art.
It is good seeing both Marcus To and Francis Manapul's take but it's always been a pet peeve when a single issue has different artists on the same book.
It's something that will definitely have to be explored but Patty's reaction in the opening pages felt rushed and a little out of place. It's understandable that in the heat of the moment, emotions can take precedence over common sense or pre-existing opinions.
Things are changing for the Flash. Gorilla Grodd's attack is taking its toll on him and the city. There are big things happening here for Flash and others. You almost have to look carefully to see seeds being planted by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul. We have some great visuals from both Marcus To and Manapul and Buccellato. Unfortunately whenever single issues have art by more than one artist, there is an almost awkward feel to the story. Manapul experiments some more with his layouts and delivers a gorgeous look at what could be happening in the coming issues. Month after month, we are reminded why THE FLASH is such a great comic.