Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr THE FLASH #67 BY JOSHUA WILLIAMSON AND SCOTT KOLINS Art Characterization Plot Summary THE FLASH #67 is yet another fabulous issue. This issue feels like a very well-constructed Silver Age throwback, thanks to Joshua Williamson’s inventive plot and script. Scott Kolins’ designs and attention to detail elevate the book even higher. 97 %Smiles AboundBarry Allen finally returns to Central City for good in THE FLASH #67. He’s been off globetrotting and teaming up with Batman for a good while. Now that he’s back, he’s noticed something’s very off with his city. The issue sees Barry trying to get to the bottom of a mystery. The premise, combined with the mysterious aspects of the story, makes this issue feel like a throwback to the Silver Age. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for that stuff, so I truly love this issue. It’s got a strong combination of introspective moments from Barry, along with amazing, eerie thriller elements. Joshua Williamson is really in top form with this issue. He’s been delivering hit after hit with the past few issues of the book, and I love it! Scott Kolins takes on the art duties of this issue, and it looks as stunning as ever.Smile Away in THE FLASH #67In prior issues of THE FLASH, Barry Allen traveled around the Globe with Iris West to try and find out more about the new Forces which emerged. He dealt with the fallout from his longtime partner Wally West’s death. Meanwhile, the original Trickster, James Jesse, re-emerged from obscurity with plans to make everyone remember him again. In THE FLASH #67, Barry finally arrives at Central City. Right before he gets there, he makes a pit stop in Opal City to take down a Nekron-worshipping cult. He makes short work of them and delivers the leader to Iron Heights. There, he notices that something’s way off. For one, the officers let him know that this was the first inmate the prison had seen in days. On top of that, all of the cops are abnormally cheerful. They’re all smiling wide and incredibly happy.Barry’s suspicions only grow when he sees Warden Wolfe, who seems to despise The Flash. Wolfe greets him with a huge smile and a contented disposition. Barry leaves, very confused, and arrives at the CCPD offices to see what cases he can help out on. As you’d expect, everyone at the precinct is grinning and very jovial. They claim it’s because no crime, from a speeding ticket to murder, had been committed in weeks. But Barry begins to suspect otherwise. He also meets his partner Kristen’s boyfriend. He’s none other than James Jesse.THE FLASH #67 page 4. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.Does Barry recognize the tricky conman? Is he related to these bizarre encounters? And where’s Commander Cold? Pick up THE FLASH #67 to find out! A Throwback Issue in THE FLASH #67The whole premise of THE FLASH #67 feels like something out of a Silver Age book. I can just picture the Carmine Infantino-drawn cover, with the Flash, looking confused, surrounded by sinisterly cheerful faces. It is, admittedly, a relatively goofy premise. However, as I’ve said in prior reviews, more writers should embrace the inherently goofy aspects of superhero books. Joshua Williamson clearly understands this. Just because it feels like a slightly playful throwback, that doesn’t mean that it is devoid of any deeper content. The entire issue, with a heavy focus in the beginning, has the Flash’s tormented inner thoughts narrating the story. He’s still deeply depressed and shaken up by Wally’s death.The normally happy-go-lucky Flash is now somber and solemn. When he rescues kids from the Nekron cult, their smiles don’t cheer him up. They just remind him of Wally’s smiling face. The Flash’s dour disposition also makes the plot of the rest of the issue even more striking. While the usually cheerful Flash is now sullen, some of the less-jolly characters, like Warden Wolfe and Director Singh, are all smiles. That sold the premise for me. The extreme differences in disposition made the issue, while somewhat goofy, feel also pretty eerie. It feels like a cross between a Silver Age book and an episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. It’s a fascinating change of pace of the book and a welcome one at that.Stellar ArtworkMy favorite Flash artist, Scott Kolins, returns again to draw THE FLASH #67. When he draws the smiling Central City citizens, he makes sure, for much of the issue, not to make them look unnatural. When he draws Wolfe, Singh, and the rest, their smiles look natural. They just look happy. They don’t look like wide-eyed, crazed horror movie characters. It’s a somewhat small touch, but it contributes quite a lot to the mystery of the issue. I also really enjoy the designs of the Nekron cult. They’re a solid combination of traditional “cult” attire (i.e. long, flowy robes and hoods) with both Nekron’s and Black Hand’s costumes. I love the little touches, like the broken chains around their wrists. They also look very strange physically. Their skin looks unnatural and almost necrotic. It’s a fun bit of world-building.THE FLASH #67 page 2. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.THE FLASH #67’s Final ThoughtsTHE FLASH #67 continues the book’s string of stupendous issues. Williamson and Kolins delivered the winner.