The Flash #43
Sometimes you just have to let a hero’s big villain loose. Joshua Williamson smartly spends the bulk of this chapter of Perfect Storm letting Gorilla Grodd harass Barry Allen physically and mentally.
Grodd is such an impressive villain because he’s not just this massive behemoth capable of pummeling Flash. He can also get into Barry’s head in a manner unlike any of the other Rogues. Williamson explores both ways Grodd can menace Flash this issue. First, it’s unleashing the Flash Family, fully under his sway, to attack Barry verbally and physically before savagely fighting him on his own.
This two-sided approach to the fight works extremely well as Barry is battling his own doubts for his role in Grodd’s return to power. Williamson might have laid the Barry emotional beat down scenes a bit too heavy, but otherwise this was a terrific way to stack the odds against his hero.
Carmine Di Giandomenico returns to draw this chapter. Short of Howard Porter’s occasional cameos, there’s nothing like a Flash issue illustrated by Di Giandomenico. His style just continues to be such an ideal fit for The Flash. Di Giandomenico’s take on Grodd is impressive as he looks every bit the stuff of nightmares he should be for Flash and it looked very fresh. Checking out Di Giandomenico’s pages is like getting a jolt of high energy. There’s nothing else like it in DC. Ivan Plascencia’s color work also look fantastic as he has so many different colors and lighting choices to incorporate.
The Flash rarely disappoints and this arc has exceeded expectations on the first Rebirth take on the Flash/Grodd rivalry.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10