Review: The Flash #13

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Neil Googe

Summary
It’s Christmas Eve, and Kid Flash is protecting Central City on his own. Meanwhile Barry and Iris are out on a date. Wally is keeping the city safe, so that a crime or disaster won’t necessitate the Police scientist and reporter to stop the date to go do their jobs.

Iris insists that they have no distractions during the date, and both surrender their phones to the waitress. Their conversation starts with the touchy subject that Iris is aware that there have been other women in his life that he has made time for, which he apparently never did for Iris.

 

Positives
Barry and Iris getting back together is big news. One of the things that was brought up in the Rebirth storyline is that DC’s important romantic relationships have been stolen from them. Barry and Iris were one of the foremost of these. The Flash was one of the first superheroes to marry, and their marriage lasted for several years, even past the deaths and returns of both characters. Hopefully, this is the first step towards the eventual reinstatement of their marriage.

Also, the epilogue implies that the Rogues are returning to make trouble for Barry. It will be interesting to see what Cold and his companions have in store for the Flash.

Negatives
Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the Flash in action at all this issue, other than on the cover. However, this isn’t really a drawback, as it allows for both Kid Flash to shine on his own, and for us to see more of Barry and Iris’ date.

Verdict
This issue is a very sweet Christmas story that allows us a bit of a breather from the heavy action of the first few months of the series. Also, it allows some of the basic optimism of the title character to shine through. And we get to see these two characters move closer to their destiny to be together.

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Derek McNeil

I have been an avid reader of DC Comics since the early 70s. My earliest exposure was to Batman and Superman comics, Batman (Adam West) reruns, and watching the Super-Friends every Saturday morning.