Barry Allen 20 – 23

Flash 20

The Flash (Volume 5) #20
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Neil Googe

Meena is back and is now an agent of Black Hole for some reason in this okay but forgettable issue focusing on Iris investigating grave robberies being perpetrated by Back Hole. Not much else to say about it.

Flash21

The Flash (Volume 5) #21
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Howard Porter

Ok this is Part 2 of the Button crossover with Batman that began here. Flash is investigating what happened to the Reverse Flash in the Batcave. Barry decides to use the Cosmic Treadmill to follow the energy signature on the button to its source. Which honestly seems like a dumb move by the Flash considering what happened the last time he used it. Batman joins him (it is never really explained how Batman is just running behind the Flash on it) and they see elements of the timeline from before New 52 and Barry even says it is not an alternate universe but part of the stolen years! The real DCU IS BACK BABY! We see Martian Manhunter as forminmg the league and Identity Crisis and Barry’s death during the Crisis. I was smiling with joy as I read these pages.

flash22

The Flash (Volume 5) #22
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Howard Porter

If the cover did not tip you off, the original Flash – Jay Garrick finally returns in this issue after six years of absence from the DCU! Just like in Rebirth, Jay tries to get Barry to remember him so he can fully return but he is pulled back into the Speedforce or wherever he has been hidden away because Barry fails to remember. I was sad about that but delighted to see old Jay Garrick again. It looks like we see Doctor Manhattan in the final pages of this issue or at least his hand – and somehow it morphs into the Superman symbol. I have to say I have no idea what this all means but I am excited to see this mystery continuing.

flash23

The Flash (Volume 5) #23
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

In this Barry Allen – Hal Jordan team up issue they both face multiplex meanwhile Reverse-Flash show up at Iris’s home. Normally I would be annoyed that my 2 least favorite Justice Leaguers who should have remained dead doing a team up, but this was a good issue. I like that Williamson is following up on the Button storyline.

 

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