Flash #33

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Howard Porter Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 25, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 23
7.9Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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"BATS OUT OF HELL" part one! After the harrowing events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL #3, the JUSTICE LEAGUE has scattered around the world to find the only artifacts that can fight back against the invasion of the Dark Multiverse. The League thinks they know how to take back their world, but they are not prepared for who is standing in their way. The Seven Dark Knights of the Dark Multiverse. All the brilliance of Batman, but none of the morals. Barry Allen, The Fastest Man Alive, is the first to get a taste of their plan, as BATMAN: THE RED DEATH takes him on at the Fortress of Solitude.

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Oct 25, 2017

    The panels are beautifully drawn and colored, and the story has a weightiness. Porter draws an amazing Flash, with lightning bolts aptly applied. The expanse of the world, including the depiction of the portal, is gorgeous. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 25, 2017

    Metal has been an event thats definitely delivered for fans. Flash #33 keeps that momentum rolling with a must-read continuation of the story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Oct 26, 2017

    Guest appearances from most of DC's biggest stars, hints about Barry's future, a possible hint about Bart Allen, a seemingly unbeatable threat, and most important of all, Barry and Iris have made up. What else could a Flash fan ask for? Once again Barry shows himself to be the heart of the DCU. When Barry asks, "How can you see Superman fly and not be inspired?", I was thinking, "How can you see the Flash run and not be inspired?" Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Oct 26, 2017

    This is easily one of the strongest event tie-ins Ive read in quite awhile, able to stand on its own (for readers who avoid or trade wait), run alongside the main event, or coalesce nicely into the flow of this regular series. Im hoping we get a little more Metal from Porter and pals. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Connor Willesden Oct 25, 2017

    With brilliant art by Howard Porter and a great story by Joshua Williamson, The Flash #33 delivers an opening to the "Bats Out of Hell" arc with both visuals and writing that continue to make Metal one of DC's best events. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Oct 25, 2017

    Howard Porter and Hi-Fi join Williamson for the tie-in. Porter is a classically trained artist who draws muscle-clad heroes and explosive, furious action. Unsurprisingly, his work is the perfect companion to the bewitching words that Williamson puts to the page. Porter won't be onThe Flash for long but together with Williamson they are a team worthy of a long, long run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Oct 25, 2017

    I'm really excited for this crossover, and I have high hopes that it'll be one of the best things to come out of this event. It seems to be telling a more traditional good vs. evil story which I think this event needs right now. Williamson impressed me on the writing front and Porter hit it out of the park. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Oct 24, 2017

    A really well done continuation of the Metal storyline with some awesome character moments from Barry and great internal monologue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Oct 30, 2017

    What really draws me into the story has to be the panels of Central City destroyed, as Flash runs towards it. Fans of the Flash will recognize the two fallen signs of Bob's Belly Burgers, and Star Labs on the streets. Panels showing parts of the city in shambles, while seeing the good citizens of Central City transformed into dilapidated souls. Great artwork. The image of Central City and it's citizens bring chills of dread and a real page turner. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Oct 31, 2017

    The Flash #33 does a fantastic job expanding on the ongoing story in Dark Nights: Metal. Joshua Williamson has a great sense of scale as we go from Flash showing strong optimism for things working out to his hope fading as he sees all the destruction the Dark Knights have caused. That along with what happens to the rest of the Justice League make The Flash #33 a strong start to the "Bats Out Of Hell" tie-in crossover. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Oct 27, 2017

    Even though it perhaps fails to live up to some of the promises of the solicitation, 'Bats Out of Hell' is starting off strong. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Oct 26, 2017

    As a Dark Nights Metal tie-in, The Flash #33 is good. It falters somewhat in that it comes just as The Flash started a new story-line and has almost nothing to do with the last issue. Still, Joshua Williamson does a great job explaining the story so far for The Flash fans who might not have been reading Dark Nights Metal and Howard Porter's artwork looks fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 26, 2017

    DC picked a weird place to begin their newest Dark Nights: Metal tie-in, as "Bats Out of Hell" interrupts the flow of the ongoing Dark Flash storyline. That aside, this issue serves as a promising start for "Bats Out of Hell." It builds very naturally on the events of Metal #3 and the disappearances of Batman and Superman, to the point where it almost reads like Metal #3.5. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Oct 31, 2017

    Overall: The Flash #33 was a fun read. I would definitely recommend this issue to readers who enjoy super hero comics that focus mainly on action and adventure with the primary goal of entertaining the reader. I would certainly recommend this issue to any readers who have hopped about the Dark Knights: Metal title. This is an enjoyable tie-in issue that will flesh out and add some depth to what is already going on over in the Dark Knights: Metal title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Oct 31, 2017

    At the end of the day, it felt like a filler for the METAL storyline but it had some worthwhile moments. The art is utterly great once again and really matches what Flash is all about. The event has been pure fun so far beside some issues I've had with it. The timeline of everything isn't clear but I hope it'll be addressed soon in this series. I felt a bit disappointed with what we got, I still hope though that it will get better soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Oct 25, 2017

    For an issue that's simultaneously recap and setup, I still had some good fun here. There are some great little character moments that ring true, and the idea of a huge "steel cage match" is as crazy as it is entertaining. I do wish Williamson had let things get crazier and looser, just letting the fun concept roll and seeing where it goes. Still, it's a decent enough introduction to what could be the most bonkers part of Metal yet. And that Howard Porter, guys. I'm so glad he's back. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Oct 27, 2017

    Flash #33 unfortunately comes out being one of the less cohesive Metal books since the days of the awful prologues of The Forge and The Casting. Its barely held together as a plot, and the writing falls a part in a lot of places. Its not awful, as there are some cool scenes. However, I cant quite recommend it, as it adds nothing to Metal or Flash itself. Give this one a pass unless you must own every piece of Flash material (which I could understand, Barry is awesome). Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Apr 10, 2018

    Howard Porter continues to draw twisted versions of the Flash and any character he draws making them less heroic and uglier with stretched expressions and twisted bodies that pervert the elegance of the simple body of athletic figures like super heroes. There is a lot of dynamism in his work, but it does not always look aesthetic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Reed Strong Oct 26, 2017

    Reed Strongs Good Read: This was Metal #3.5, and thats great. While this issue does round around what Barry is doing and his greater piece in the woodwork of, ironically enough, Metal, it manages to feel like it matters. Its taking the Justice League to their next steps in this struggle, dropping the characters off where they need to be. This still works as an issue of the Flash, but it strikes that rare balance between tie-ing in and complete derailment. The Dark Knights themselves are still simple fun to read about, and getting a few more ideas about exactly what the dark multiverse is remains one of the whole mysteries of the event as a whole. Metal has had great success so far in not taking over DCs whole line, but managing to leave a strong impact and a well told story. Flash continues that streak as surely the next chapter of Metal will as well, and the more Metal, the better. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 25, 2017

    This issue starts the Bats Out of Hell story and it's not a great Metal tie-in issue and even less of a Flash issue.  I would avoid this either way as the one or two big moments here are bound to be recapped in the main book or resolved by the end of this crossover and the this book will get back to it's own story in two weeks. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Watch - jzwilson Oct 31, 2017

    Unless you're a huge Metal fan or a Flash completist, please do yourself a favor and skip this. But if you love brainless action without meaningful characterization? This is the book for you. Read Full Review

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