“The Greatest Trick of All” finale is out today, and The Flash is going to have a bit of trouble speeding through it. You see, he has no legs! Joshua Williamson and Scott Kolins left us off on a wild cliffhanger that seems impossible if true. Can Flash defeat Trickster? Can he save Central City!?
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
Riot in Central City! Trickster has pulled out all the stops in his assault on Flash’s hometown, and the Scarlet Speedster is powerless to crack Trickster’s code! Our hero is faced with an impossible choice: save the people of Central City–or let the villain who caused it all escape to wreak havoc another day!
Why does this matter?
The various Forces recently discovered including the Sage force are involved in making Flash’s life a new kind of hell. Considering the Trickster has removed Flash’s legs, I think we can guess how this might go.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This is just good old fashioned superhero comics. Flash must overcome a defeat seemingly in his mind, Trickster plays out his final plans that can only be stopped in the nick of time, and Flash must use his noggin to save the city. Flash makes an astute statement at one point saying, “Sometimes it’s easier to believe the trick.” This leads to discovery and ultimately what defeats Trickster. It’s a good lesson and it comes with a fun sci-fi resolution too.
Kolins draws some pretty fun panels, like Flash running up a building to save folks and later, strapped with gizmos, zipping around the city. I’ll never tire of the various ways Flash is depicted running very fast, be it hundreds of him everywhere or bright yellow and orange streaks behind him. The colors with these lighting effects are fabulously done by Luis Guerrero. Mixed with Kolins’ detailed style, it looks great.
This issue ends with a solid epilogue too. It helps set the stage for the next issue and possibly life-changing story for Flash to take on.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
Some of this reads like by-the-numbers superhero storytelling. Bad guys robbing banks when the hero is inhibited, the villain giving the hero an ultimatum, and Flash resolving conflicts by trying a bit harder.
Is it good?
This is a fun wrap up with a promise for some exciting storytelling next issue.