Flash #52

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Christian Duce Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 8, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 16
8.0Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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On your mark, get set and go for part one of "Grips of Strength"! Barry Allen races to the House of Heroes at the center of the Multiverse to meet with the Flashes of 52 worlds for info on the new forces he's recently encountered. Meanwhile, back in Central City, Trickster's turning informant against Warden Wolfe, but that brings about a sneak attack that Barry and the time-lost Commander Cold must team up to stop-if they can quit butting heads long enough to do so.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Aug 9, 2018

    The Flash War storyline was amazing, but things aren't slowing down any for the Flash now that it's over with. This issue hints that Barry still has plenty enough trouble ahead to keep him busy and to keep us readers entertained. Reading the Flash hasn't been this much fun since Mark Waid was writing Wally's adventures in the nineties. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Landers Aug 15, 2018

    As a whole, if youre interested in the new Forces, this issue is the ground floor of getting answers to your questions. If youre not interested in that, there is still the exploration of Barry Allen and his demotion from being the fastest man alive. Williamson has laid the groundwork for plenty of new concepts to explore with his recent Flash War story, and this is the issue where all of that starts to pay off. So, if you like what hes been doing the last few months (and any Flash fan probably would), then you should enjoy sticking around for the fallout. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berkowitz Aug 8, 2018

    THE FLASH #52 sputters a bit with its plot. However, writer Joshua Williamson takes the characterization into overdrive. He points out some of the most annoying foibles Barry's had in prior issues, and finally takes steps to remedy them. Plus, whenever he writes Iris, it's just a treat to read. Christian Duce's more realistic, less stylized artwork looks downright stunning. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 8, 2018

    While visually, this wasn't the strongest issue, this was another strong installment of The Flash. Williamson has so much creativity and he's taking Flash in some fresh directions while losing none of the heart that's made the title work so well since Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 8, 2018

    A good chapter that continues to reveal more about the strange new forces in the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Aug 8, 2018

    I'm excited to see Iris entrenched and back in Barry's world. The book feels like it has more depth with her involved because of the history she has with Barry and her lost and returning memories of the pre-Flashpoint world. The biggest questions created by this issue are: How much will Central City change by the new forces and how much more will Barry and Iris remember about their past? Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Aaron Jones Aug 11, 2018

    Are we going on a Force Quest? How will Barry figure out all these new forces? How will he work with Commander Cold? What is Iris remembering and how will this impact her relationship with Barry? Barry thinks things in Central City always stay the same, this issue definitely proves the opposite. Pick up the newest arc for the Flash if you're interested in Barry's journey to figure out these new challenges ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 8, 2018

    This title gets the most attention for its big stories, but I really enjoy what Williamson has done with its core relationship and letting Iris in on the secret. Trickster showing up at the end as the Hulk courtesy of the Strength Force"I dunno. But this title has earned my faith and I'm excited to see where it goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - George Chrysostomou Aug 8, 2018

    With the waves of change sweeping across Central City, The Flash must learn to work alongside his partners if he is to face the new forces emerging. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Aug 8, 2018

    Duce has some great art in this issue as well with some really well-done action scenes and fights. The shot of Commander Cold on his bike was great. Definitely a highlight of this issue. What also really worked was the entire domestic sequence between Barry and Iris. It was well done and helped to humanize Barry in a story that featured some pretty big moments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Aug 8, 2018

    The Flash #52 continues the momentum from "Flash War," and while the stakes aren't as high, the action is still as entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 8, 2018

    If you haven't been reading The Flash, this issue marks a good point to start. Joshua Williamson is one of the best writers I know of when it comes to delivering exposition in a smooth and natural fashion and the current storyline has a lot to unpack. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Aug 8, 2018

    The Flash #52 is a solid jumping on point for new readers and continues the trend of quality storytelling that Joshua Williamson has been delivering over the past couple years. As with any start-of-the-arc story we've got more of a launchpad here than a story with any resolution, but I'm intrigued to find out what's coming next. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Aug 8, 2018

    The Flash's newest story opening sets the stage for an intriguing ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Aug 8, 2018

    Overall The Flash #52 is a pretty solid issue.As noted, I am not the biggest fan of these new Forces. But then again, it does add something new to Barry Allen's world. The art fits the story well, giving The Flash a good “superhero” feel and delivering some good action. The odd body proportions do drag it down, though. Barry Allen never gets to rest and it is back to the grind in The Flash #52 as new and old threats combine to take down the Scarlet Speedster! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Aug 15, 2018

    I have a feeling that, as this arc develops, the focus and magnitude will grow, but for now, its a fun arc that doesnt feel quite as powerful as weve grown accustomed to lately. Weve clearly been spoiled. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Aug 8, 2018

    This issue is a lot of set up. It establishes what is happening across all the characters involved in this book at the moment. The book jumps around a lot which doesn't allow any of these storylines to really progress but I don't dislike any of them. I'm legitimately interested by almost every subplot but I just didn't get a lot of any of them to really sink my teeth in. However, this is an issue to just set up where things go from here. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and look forward to seeing how this book goes forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 12, 2018

    Meanders a bit, with several simmering plots, and it all feels a little unsatisfying. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Aug 11, 2018

    Following the excellent Flash War story, The Flash #52 is sub-par filler that hopefully leads to something more interesting in the future. Read Full Review

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