Title: The Flash #30
Publisher: DC Comics
Script: Joshua Williamson
Art: Neil Googe
Color: Ivan Plascencia
Letters: Steve Wands
Publication Date: September 13, 2017
Publishers Summary: “BLOODWORK” part one! Barry Allen’s personal life is in shambles, his new Negative-Flash powers aren’t working properly, and someone has been tampering with evidence at the Central City Police Department. The Flash is not having a good day, and it’s going to get worse when he comes face to face with Bloodwork, a terrifying new villain with secret ties to Barry Allen.
Flash #30 boils down to three conversations. The first is essentially just a hissy fit from Barry brought on by his new “dark” power. The second reads like an anti-suicide PSA. The only thing missing is a celebrity saying “it gets better.” The final is purely the introduction to the newest villain to grace the pages of flash. They really isn’t much to the story. If this were a TV show, the entire issue would take place before the opening credits.
As long as Joshua Williamson is at the helm, there is no reason to worry about the writing. Conversations flow naturally and the words themselves are expressive enough to hear a character’s voice change in my head to fit the mood of the scene. Sure, there’s not much story but William manages to keep you interested regardless.
Luckily for me, art is subjective and whether I like it or not, I’m right. I can love terrible things and hate something that was masterfully crafted and is appreciated by nearly everyone else. Why am I telling you this? Because I just don’t like it. I can’t even put my finger on it. It’s not even the whole issue either. It’s just Barry. Everything worked for me except him. It just didn’t feel right to me.
The bright spot in The Flash #30 is the full page spread giving us Ramsey’s history. I wish the dialogue boxes were a bit more organic but it’s one of the top single pages I’ve had the pleasure of viewing.
The Bottom Line:
I wouldn’t be disappointed to not have The Flash #30 in my library. There isn’t anything about the issue that puts it on a must buy list. Unless of course, you think the first appearance of Bloodwork will be a collector’s item in the future. Personally, I don’t think we’re looking at a Batman #1 but what do I know.