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The Flash #38 review: ‘A Cold Day in Hell’ finale

Flash is trapped under Iron Heights with Captain Cold blocking the way. How will he get out of this one?

Joshua Williamson
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The Flash #38 is the finale to the ‘A Cold Day in Hell’ arc, which deals with the death of Turbine and the Flash’s investigation into who is behind the murder of the Rogue. This issue sets forward some interesting developments regarding where some characters will be heading and the set up for Williamson’s most ambitious saga starting the issue after. As usual Williamson’s writing is great with amazing art, this time done by Scott Kolins, who did much of the art for Geoff Johns back on his run.

So what’s it about?

The official summary reads:

“A Cold Day in Hell” finale! The Flash and an unlikely ally must discover who is behind the death of one of the Rogues before the murderer strikes again! But Flash is trapped inside of Iron Heights with one person blocking his exit: Captain Cold!

What’s the story?

Flash has been led into a trap by August Heart aka Godspeed in the Rogues’ subterranean base beneath Iron Heights as part of a plan to get in the Rogues. Captain Cold is waiting there with an absolute zero energy speed to keep the Flash from wiping the floor with him.

Cold starts by delivering a beatdown on the Flash (monologuing the entire time) while the Rogues and August watch from behind a window, both cheering on Snart and throwing snarky comments towards both Flash and Snart himself. However in an obvious move August turns round and disables the absolute zero field in order to let Flash defeat the Rogues and start down his path of redemption.

Meanwhile the guns delivered to Copperhead are revealed to be on a timer set to explode where Wally West II is watching on from the shadows. Wally ends up saving Copperhead from the explosion at the slim chance he got hit instead.



The biggest takeaway from this issue is the finale where it reveals that the monologue that appears through caption boxes is Barry talking to Iris and asking for her forgiveness. This is what’ll lead into the next arc of Flash and the annual at the end of the month, which are preludes to the upcoming Flash War in May.

And the art?

The art by Scott Kolins is a big throwback to Geoff Johns’ Flash run in the early 2000s where he was the primary artist on the book. As it did back during Johns’ run, the art looks brilliant in current day and Kolins remains being one of the great Flash artists of time.

The Flash #38
Is it good?
Joshua Williamson writes a great story as usual and does a great job setting up for the annual and the arc leading up to Flash War and is complemented by Scott Kolins on art.
The writing of the Rogues is pretty damn well done.
Williamson sets up the upcoming arcs super well.
Kolins art is just as good as it was when he was the artist for Geoff Johns Flash.
The Godspeed plot twist was obvious from the start and his Rogue tenure lasted a very short amount of time.

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