[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Pop Mhan & Christian Duce
Reviewed By: Derek McNeil
“NEGATIVE” part two! What’s a Rogue to do when The Flash goes bad? Get worse. Operating from behind bars in Iron Heights, the incarcerated Rogues graduate from costumed crooks to true kingpins of crime, unleashing the new villain known as Shrapnel upon the chaotic and unprotected streets of Central City.
Barry’s learning more about his new Negative Speed Force powers, and it’s a hard lesson. Barry now has to cope with the loss of his super-speed metabolism healing all the injuries he sustains as the Flash. As Barry says, he used to love discovering new ways to use his powers, but now the experience seems hollow.
Interestingly enough, because Barry can’t reliably use his speed powers, he has to rely on his skills as a police scientist. And with a mystery happening in the Central City Police Force, we are getting a deeper look into Barry’s professional life than we have had for quite a while.
Although it is beautifully drawn, I really don’t like the new look that the Negative Speed Force has given Barry. The yellow parts of the costume turning black when he’s using his super-speed looks wrong. Even though this is an effective artistic device, I hope Barry’s original power set is restored along with his original colour scheme.
Things just keep getting worse for Barry, but it makes for great reading. I eagerly await each issue and have to read it immediately to find out what’s happening to Barry.