Review – The Flash #53 (DC Comics)

The Flash #53
  • Writing - 7.8/10
  • Art - 7.5/10
  • Overall - 7.7/10


Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Christian Duce
Colorist: Luis Guerrero
Letterer: Steve Wands
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: DC Comics
Release: August 22, 2018

Speed Force vs Strength Force in The Flash #53. Which one will prevail?

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Speed vs Strength in The Flash #53

Previously in The Flash, The Trickster was taken over by the Strength Force (one of the 3 new forces recently discovered). In The Flash #53, The Trickster is having a lot of fun with his newfound strength rampaging around Central City. Where did this new force come from and why did it choose Trickster to wield it? These are all questions Barry Allen is trying to figure out while not getting squashed!


Joshua Williamson goes full “superhero comic book” in The Flash #53 and it is wonderful. What I mean by that is the story is absolutely bonkers and crazy, but played completely “straight”. Everything is taken very seriously by the characters but the story is way out there. You have the whole strength force taking over the Trickster making him humorously large. Then Barry has to team up with the alt-universe Commander Cold. Then you have Iris doing some investigative journalism on all these new “forces” recently discovered. The story has that classic comic book absurdity, but that is also part of The Flash #53 charm. 

Flash #53 Cover Artist: Jonboy Meyers

If Williamson would have the characters acknowledge the absurdity of the whole thing it would have thrown me out of the book, but with the characters taken everything seriously, it makes me as the reader take the story seriously as well. Williamson does throw in some jokes to lighten the story but the plot as a whole has that epic tone to it.

The Flash #53 is not the greatest comic ever and the story is not super memorable, but it is a lot of fun to read. Joshua Williamson makes it an enjoyable romp from beginning to end.


Christian Duce and Luis Guerrero team up once again for art duties in The Flash #53. I had my hang-ups in the last issue with a few panels with some odd body proportions. The Flash #53 does not have those problems.  At least to me, they are not as noticeable. Christian Duce art style fits this storyline tremendously well. While not my personal favorite style, his super-hero aesthetic, larger-than-life art fits into this “Grips of Strength” story to a T. I still do not like all the shading lines Duce puts in characters faces on close-up shots.  It looks odd on those close-up scenes.

Duce’s art along with Luis Guerrero’s colors grabs the “energy” and pizzazz of the story. Guerrero uses a lot of bright colorations throughout The Flash #53 and it works extremely well to accentuate the more over-the-top art exaggerated aesthetics of the characters.


The Flash #53 is a fun comic book and was an enjoyable read. Joshua Williamson is doing some interesting things with these new “Forces”. While I am not a fan of the whole “Force” thing at least Williamson is making it interesting. The art fits the story well and makes it a nice visual experience. Probably the biggest downfall is nothing is all that memorable.  It is a fun and delightful read but nothing really sticks out either.

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