Barry Allen investigates a burglary with Kid Flash, wanting to know who are the secret crime-bosses in Central City that are competing against Copperhead. When the trail leads back to Iron Height’s penitentiary, the Flash may realize that he bargained more than expected in the place of power of his infamous Rogues’ Gallery.
I have not read a comic featuring work by Scott McDaniel in years and although not an someone I would have perceived as a natural fit for The Flash, it works. Instead of being a natural illustrator for a running super hero, McDaniel’s strength is in breaking the action of a page into a multitude of panels where he can show the Flash repeatedly moving. Given McDaniel’s strength for poses and dynamic angles, this work better. This issue, he also can portray classic super hero action and many closeups which again, work to his advantage.
Having read much of Joshua Williamson’s Flash, I now understand how he crafts story arcs. He introduces a current conflict and problem that Barry Allen has to deal with before resolving it a few issues later. The pacing is all classic super hero action and surprise revelations that careless readers would have missed but old timers would anticipate. In many of those stories, I fall in between surprise and anticipation. Williamson’s entire stories on The Flash are part of one larger canvas but where that leads is anyone’s guess.