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The Flash #16 - Gorilla Warfare, Part 4: Love and Sacrifice Review

5

Gorilla Grodd, the Rogues, the fate of Barry Allen and the truth about Barry and Iris' past. Manapul and Buccellato deliver another stellar issue.

The Good

Since the New 52 started, I've been wanting more information on what happened between Barry Allen and Iris West. This is the issue we get some answers. Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato make this such a great flashback scene. Aside from it's beauty, it's also a little heart-breaking. That is just the tip of the iceberg. In a continuation from last issue, The layouts for the scene with Barry and Patty is another piece of beauty. The use of the shadows from blinds is brilliant.

For those starting to get concerned this is just about the many loves of Barry Allen needn't worry. We are still in the midst of the Gorilla Warfare storyline. Barry makes a decision on what he needs to do next, the Rogues continue doing their part and we finally get to see more of Iris and the others trapped in the Speed Force.

It's not often I use the word "beautiful' so often in a review but that's the only way to describe what Manapul and Buccellato do. Not to diminish their storytelling abilities (because I'm really digging what's happening) but I'd hate to see this issue done by a different art team. This is a comic that I'll read and then look over again and again just to take in all of the imagery.

The Bad

The only bad thing is seeing the turmoil and hardship the characters are going through. It's almost enough to put a knot in your stomach.

There was a slight turn of events towards the end. This is where having an extra couple pages would have been nice.

The Verdict

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato have given us another great issue of THE FLASH. We get to see more on the past between Barry and Iris. With his vision from last issue, Barry's trying to figure out what to do against Gorilla Grodd and his invading army. Seeing the Rogues and the different flashbacks along with the gorgeous art and colors makes this a great comic to read and enjoy. There were so many moments in this that got me excited and long for the next issue. THE FLASH isn't just about a guy that runs around fast. There are many layers and Manapul and Buccellato clearly know what the readers want to see.

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Edited by zachkastner

Here's rooting for Iris/Barry! That relationship in Brightest Day got me into The Flash!

This issue just makes me want next month to hurry up.

Posted by G-Man

@zachkastner: #TeamIris

Posted by benette_rivera

Another month to wait!! Can't...wait....ughhh! Next month, we'll see who the new reverse flash is!!!

Posted by Mbecks14

Can't wait to pick up my copy! Favorite series of the New 52!

Posted by Imagine_Man15

The Flash is consistently one of my favorite books on the shelves each month. I was skeptical going in, being a die-hard Wally West fan and not too familiar with the creative team on this book, but I certainly don't regret getting into it now.

Posted by HollowPrince665

I love the artwork, the story, the characters, I never knew that The Flash was so cool. Fantastic series and I cannot wait to for the next issue.

Posted by Reignmaker

Sucks that the main artist (Manapul) is taking a break soon. Hope they can find some better backup talent than in the past.

Posted by Equonox

The Reverse Flash teaser on the second to last page gave me goose bumps..."wait...I sense someone else here...far more powerful than Grodd"...AAHHHHHHHH

Also @G-Man said:

@zachkastner: #TeamIris

THIS

Edited by Reignmaker

Anyone think that reverse flash is going to be that asian kid that was feeling strange?

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

@Reignmaker said:

Anyone think that reverse flash is going to be that asian kid that was feeling strange?

I figured that was kind of obvious.

Posted by cobra88king8

So this is supposed to be the issue that "introduces a brand new flash villain". Any guesses on who it is?

Posted by Video_Martian

Thank god for this series! cant wait to read this! :)

Posted by JLDoom

Just another great issue of a great series!

@cobra88king8 said:

So this is supposed to be the issue that "introduces a brand new flash villain". Any guesses on who it is?

I think they have confirmed in some interviews that its going to be a new Reverse Flash (who's going to finally appear next issue)

Posted by Mbecks14

This was an awesome issue! 15 was a little slower than usual, so it was nice to see a really strong issue with a lot of character reveal! The Grodd vs Flash stuff was awesome, I love the Daniel West story, and I'm excited about the Reverse-Flash build up! And then I can't say enough good things about the art!

I love Iris West too! She was great in this issue. I like the build up in her relationship with Barry. What I like about the Barry/Iris/Patty story so much better than the Clark/Lois/Diana story is that you can tell that eventually Iris and Barry will end up together, and that we're going to see them find each other again. And Patty is a fun relationship for Barry, despite being kind of an obstacle for Iris, she genuinely cares about Barry and that adds an interesting dynamic. It feels like "Not yet, wait and watch" rather than "Not in the foreseeable future because we want Superman and Wonder Woman to sell titles." And New 52 Iris has been treated so much better than New 52 Lois.

Posted by DanteTheRedKnight

This was my favorite issue of The Flash so far. 5/5

Posted by DanteTheRedKnight

@Mbecks14: I agree with everything. Especially the part about Iris being treated much more nicely than Lois, who I think nobody likes anymore because she's no longer seen as a serious journalist.

Posted by Mbecks14

@DanteTheRedKnight said:

@Mbecks14: I agree with everything. Especially the part about Iris being treated much more nicely than Lois, who I think nobody likes anymore because she's no longer seen as a serious journalist.

I love Lois but just not New 52 Lois.

Posted by BecauseImBatman

Personally I think this issue was a little lacking. All this comic did was build up to the next, but there wasn't a lot of action. Granted seeing Flash step up and put Grodd to shame was pretty cool, but I was expecting the show down to happen in this issue and there was no show down at all lol. NOT saying this was in any way a bad issue, just not a great issue. I give it a 7/10. The series overall though is definitely a 9.5/10

Posted by benette_rivera

I think the new Reverse Flash is Iris...Francis and Brian told in interviews that the new reverse flash would be the exact opposite of Barry, isn't it? Maybe they are being literal on that? What do you think guys?

Posted by Teerack

I finally got around to reading this and my heart can't handle all these feels. Iris and Barry need to be together again :'[