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The Flash #13 - Gorilla Warfare, Part 1: King Grodd Review

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The Flash has his hands full fighting the Rogues but what happens when Gorilla Grodd comes to town with an invading army? Barry's going to need some serious help.

The Good

Man oh man. As great as this series has been, it almost feels like Francis Manapu and Brian Buccellato have been holding back on us. This issue pretty much has everything you'd want in a FLASH comic.

The last time we saw Barry Allen (in THE FLASH ANNUAL #1), he found himself up against the Rogues and Captain Cold. Barry ended up having to team up with Captain Cold but was soon betrayed. Just as Barry was defeated, Gorilla Grodd shows up with an army of gorillas set to invade the city. When things get bad, they get really bad.

Before the crazy action begins, we get a flashback to TEN YEARS AGO! It's always great to get a look at Barry's past and it further strengthen's his relationship with Captain Frye. But when the scene focuses to the present and Turbine and Patty show up in his office, we're left hanging with a bit of information Turbine is about to reveal.

The glory here is seeing Barry, the Rogues and a bunch of gorillas with Manapul's art and Buccellato's colors. It all just looks so dang good.

I guess I should've assumed that a crapload of talking monkeys was gonna drop out of the sky!

You only get lines like this in comics, folks.

You'll definitely want to see what happens. Barry was defeated by the Rogues so what chance does he have with an army of intelligent gorillas with a tie to the Speed Force?

The Bad

A completely fun and brilliant comic. This is why reading comics can be so fun.

The Verdict

If you've been waiting for complete and utter FLASH action, this is where you'll find it. Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul crank up the action and adventure by taking all the Rogues and a bunch of Gorilla Grodd's soldiers and shaking them together. There is plenty of action, flashbacks, suspense and teases and the gorgeous art and colors by the creative duo. It would be shocking to not find this issue enjoyable.

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Posted by The Stegman

The only thing I don't like about this comic is that it's so good, I always read it in a flash....

Edited by jstndmnd

I just finished reading my last Flash comic. I am a little depressed, but I need to save money for H'EL ON EARTH AND THRONE OF ATLANTIS. Explaining the need to buy so much more comics can be a little difficult to explain to my wife--not into comics at all. I also decided to read Earth 2. The Flash was fun, I loved the art (really it was some of the best, I have seen in my short comic span of one year), and the stories, but I want more. It is hard to explain. Good bye Flash.

Edited by SmashBrawler

I'm loving Manapul and Buccellato's run, and this is definitely the best New 52 Flash issue yet, hands down.

Posted by Catsnlynne

I love the Flash and I love the Rogues. Barry Allen Rules!!!!

Posted by zachkastner

This arc is starting off crazy strong.

Posted by Dernman

Trickster Bwahahahaha!

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Posted by zachkastner

@jstndmnd: I would have cut Earth 2. It's spotty on occasion with awkward dialogue here and there. Flash is as streamlined fun as comics can get. And I love Nicola Scott's art... but Francis Manapul. Come on now.

Posted by _Black

@The Stegman said:

The only thing I don't like about this comic is that it's so good, I always read it in a flash....

You so punny =P

Posted by cc1738

Can't wait for the volume 1 trade to come out in November. I didn't get this series when it launched, but I want to read it.

Posted by ultimatepunchrod

Really love this series. The art is really the best thing. I actually get mad when guest artists come on to do an issue. I only want to see Manapul's and Buccellato's art on this. They tell so much with and without words.

Posted by MisterKetch

The first arc didn't do it for me, but since they've been introducing the rogues this has become one of my monthly favorites by DC.

Its a great comic booke, good characters great art, interesting stories, with only one wrinkle because Barry Allan is a complete idiot I still can't get over his rogues showing up with powers elicited no curiosity to investigate in him merely shrugging it off as "oh lookie captain cold doesn't use his guns anymore... weird"

Posted by pspin

The Rogues are such badasses, best group of villains in comics.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@The Stegman said:

The only thing I don't like about this comic is that it's so good, I always read it in a flash....

Ah! I see what you did there!

Honestly though, this was probably the best issue in the series so far. Fantastic art, fantastic writing, the works!

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Posted by jack_before_joker

would this be a good jumping on point?

Posted by kingjoeg

@jack_before_joker: no way, you should at least get the annual before this one. That will bring you up to speed a little.

Posted by jointron33

but...but......BEARY OWLEN SUX!!!!!!!! HE IS TOO WHITEBREAD!! NOT KEWL LIEK WOLLEE AND HOT AZN WIFE, HAS DUMM BOE-TY!!!!!!

Posted by whitelantern64

why do I feel Captain Frye is the real killer behind Flash's mother's murder? It feels like Captain Frye has some kind of dark side that supposed to come out of nowhere but is being hinted at (see turbine talking to Frye). Something about his involvement with Barry's mom's murder investigation doesn't sit right with me. Maybe she was cheating on barry's dad with Frye and then frye suddenly killed her for some reason. Then he forced the dad to take the rap or else he kills barry. I can see something like that happening but it feels confusing at the same time. Also who was the guy who was talking about Iris near the end? He sounds like he doesn't know that she disappeared for 6 months but he was only in prison when that happened. If he was close to Iris, then even while being in prison, you would have thought that he would have heard something before getting out.

Posted by touch37

I have one thing to say about this month’s issue of the Flash:

It’s not Axel.

In #12, Axel has longer hair, those ridiculous Liefeld shoulder pouches for his T-bombs, a symbol on his belt, yellow and blue plaid pants, and long blue gloves. He is not wearing an overshirt. His mask also connects in the middle. The Trickster in #13 is lacking the shoulder pouches, wearing striped pants, no symbol on his belt, has an overshirt, has much shorter hair, and his mask doesn’t connect.

We’ve been duped, folks. Unless this is an enormous oversight in costume continuity, Axel dressed up a pal of his in a similar costume and sent him to play nice with the monkeys.

Still, fantastic issue, probably going to read again when I get home from work!

Posted by Zeeguy91

@whitelantern64 said:

why do I feel Captain Frye is the real killer behind Flash's mother's murder? It feels like Captain Frye has some kind of dark side that supposed to come out of nowhere but is being hinted at (see turbine talking to Frye). Something about his involvement with Barry's mom's murder investigation doesn't sit right with me. Maybe she was cheating on barry's dad with Frye and then frye suddenly killed her for some reason. Then he forced the dad to take the rap or else he kills barry. I can see something like that happening but it feels confusing at the same time. Also who was the guy who was talking about Iris near the end? He sounds like he doesn't know that she disappeared for 6 months but he was only in prison when that happened. If he was close to Iris, then even while being in prison, you would have thought that he would have heard something before getting out.

Nope. The real killer behind Flash's mom's murder was Reverse Flash. Rebirth (at least the part where Reverse Flash kills Nora Allen) is still in continuity. Otherwise Flashpoint doesn't make sense.

I do think its possible for him to have been having an affair with Barry's mother, though.

Edited by Video_Martian

LOL @ that previous thread with ppl saying that this series "sucks" that that they're dropping it... Well, too bad for you suckers, you're surely missing out on one of the best and most underrated titles of the New 52. So glad I don't join the bandwagon and I still love The Flash...

Posted by BurnSide

@whitelantern64 said:

why do I feel Captain Frye is the real killer behind Flash's mother's murder? It feels like Captain Frye has some kind of dark side that supposed to come out of nowhere but is being hinted at (see turbine talking to Frye). Something about his involvement with Barry's mom's murder investigation doesn't sit right with me. Maybe she was cheating on barry's dad with Frye and then frye suddenly killed her for some reason. Then he forced the dad to take the rap or else he kills barry. I can see something like that happening but it feels confusing at the same time. Also who was the guy who was talking about Iris near the end? He sounds like he doesn't know that she disappeared for 6 months but he was only in prison when that happened. If he was close to Iris, then even while being in prison, you would have thought that he would have heard something before getting out.

I don't thinks frye has to do with the murder but still I wonder what's his deal. Isn't that guy trying to find iris the guy who was introduced as being part of the west family, (the one all fans were complaining "if you give us a new west, at least give us wally"

Posted by sinestro_GL

The art in this issue, like all the other issues, BLEW MY MIND!

Posted by Azrael66

Cap Cold ftw.

Posted by Rich-Man

For me this is without doubt the coolest DC title on the shelves!

Posted by Scantenii

Flash has been consistently one of the DC books I look forward to each month. I think this first chapter started strong. I like the idea of having the Rogues pop up in this Gorilla Warfare story too. Though you could probably give the Rogue's there own series and I would read it.

Damn. Now I want a Rogue's series.

Manapul's art is great too. Always knocks it out of the park.

Posted by SadiaVicious

@Azrael66 said:

Cap Cold ftw.