Comic Review: The Flash #30 'Bloodwork Part One'

The Flash #30 "BLOODWORK Part One" by Joshua Williamson, Neil Googe and cover by Carmine Di Giandomenico

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It had been a minute since we checked on our good-buddy Barry Allen, so let's call the start of a new arc and introduction of a new nemesis as the perfect moment to hop back on. 

Googe does some absolutely killer work on showing us the lingering mysterious power that is the Negative-Flash, with Barry's pupils darkening and his suit taking on a new color. Combined with the artist's insane ability to make us feel Barry's anger and lack of self-control, with Williamson's clear vision in laying out this dynamic and its effect on new characters (and old), is one hell of a winning combination. 

It's a classic Central City PD story, the evidence room exploded in flames and someone has been stealing blood samples. You can clearly see where this is going with the introduction of "Bloodwork," but it's the slow burn in learning little by little as you turn each page that makes this character build-up just a little more special than most. 

Every panel means something, every one moves the story along while keeping us up to date with our ever-changing lead hero. Seriously, and I am a big lover of Di Giandomenico's past work here, but Googe is money on this twisted Barry Allen.

When Barry is losing his mind at the CCPD, Googe creates this new level of anger and instability that we haven't seen and it really resonated with me and set the tone. Barry's eyes are basically shooting black blood out, and he's about to burst every vessel. 

Rating 9/10: The focus between Barry Allen's confusion, Flash's inability to control himself and the introduction of a new work is led by Williamson's precise direction and Googe's badass creations. 

Comic Review: Venomverse #1

Comic Review: Venomverse #1

Look, we're all comic book fans here so let's not kid ourselves. Buy this book to see some of your characters in a new, unique form but then forget about buying #2. I'm sorry, Marvel, this is the same answer you keep throwing at the wall. There are some badass panels and a killer splash page that might make this worth $3.99. 

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Comic Review: Aquaman #27

Every time I do me a review of Aquaman, I keep writing how wonderful this series is like I’m a recording skipping on the name Abnett… Sejic… Abnett… Sejic… Abnett… But, that’s because the writing is just so good and the art is the perfect compliment. So I’ll keep this review short and the gushing minimal.

You are going to threaten her with a sea creature... around Aquaman...how did you get to be in charge?

You are going to threaten her with a sea creature... around Aquaman...how did you get to be in charge?

So Arthur Curry, the deposed king of Atlantis, the Aquaman, is in the clutches of… Klutch, a crime boss from Atlantis’ underbelly. Klutch has decided to use Dolphin as chum to test Arthur, to find out if he really is who he thinks he is.

The look on her face when she shoots him... priceless!

The look on her face when she shoots him... priceless!

Meanwhile Arthur has some hidden allies from the widowhood, who have busted General Vulco out of prison and have a plan to bring down the magical barrier “The Crown of Thorns.”

Give me some alone time with Nightwing too...

Give me some alone time with Nightwing too...

Meanwhile, Meanwhile, Mera is visiting Titan’s Tower to try to talk Garth into using some of that sweet, sweet, ancient Atlantian magic to help break into Atlantis.

Get some

Get some

Klutch, despite being a crime boss who thinks he can outsmart the guy that ran “The Deluge” and overthrew the king of Atlantis, is pretty dumb using a sea-monster to try to threaten Dolphin. Arthur uses his Aqua-telepathy to save his friend and then bust themselves out of their captors hold. Kadaver, gives chase and the comic ends with the start of the fight we wanted to see last issue.

The story is compelling. It has good pacing and great dialog.

The art is dynamic. It’s colorful and action packed.

What’s not to like?