The Flash (2016-) #39 Review

Title: The Flash (2016-) #39
Publisher: DC
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colorist: Ivan Plascencia
Letterer: Steve Wands
Publication Date: January 24th, 2018

Publisher’s Summary: “THE PERFECT STORM” part one! In the 700th tale of THE FLASH, Barry Allen wants to make amends to the people he’s hurt, but Gorilla Grodd has other plans! If Grodd’s shocking attack on Central City wasn’t enough, the reason why—and how it connects to everything The Flash has faced since the Speed Force Storm—will rock our hero to his core…and change everything he thought he knew!


Managing to remain relatively current and stay entertaining for seven-hundred issues is an impressive feat that should be applauded, and thus I wanted to start this review off by complimenting DC and The Flash; here’s to seven-hundred more!

The Flash (2016-) #39 successfully sets up the current arc but takes some time to get to the point. Thankfully the book is beautifully illustrated and inked and colored; the artwork is electrifying and works to quicken the pace of the story to a speed that fans of The Flash are used to enjoying. If the artwork was less energetic or less enjoyable then The Flash (2016-) #39 wouldn’t have worked. Yes, Joshua Williamson has done a fine job in getting readers excited for Grodd and what’s to come, but other than that, I can’t say that The Flash (2016-) #39 was too interesting. Again, thanks to the artwork I never felt bored, but by reflecting on my reading experience I realize that I wasn’t exactly rocking on the edge of my seat either.

The Flash (2016-) #39 earns the high score that it does almost exclusively for it’s strong high-energy ending. I’m going to keep this review spoiler-free and stop here by saying that this book’s ending is great and that because of it I am eager to get my hands on The Flash (2016-) #40.

The Bottom Line:

The Flash (2016-) #39 is a beautifully illustrated energetic work that moves at a comfortable pace, and despite the lack of world-ending dramatics, manages to entertain while simultaneously setting the stage for what promises to be an interesting arc.