The Force Quest continues in The Flash #61, as Fuerza and Flash fight off Cauldron and the corrupt police of Corto Maltese who have harnessed the force of a sage weapon in order to combat their combined powers. During this, we learn a lot of DC’s newest hero and come to reevaluate The Flash’s methods. Not only this, but we also check back in with our ongoing villains, Gemini, and our Central City hero, Commander Cold as we speed off to Zandia, the next location of importance in this ongoing journey.
The Flash #61 kicks off with Flash and Fuerza in full combat mode as they fight the demons produced by the sage weapon; creatures created from a fearful thought from Fuerza’s childhood. The two work well together, with Flash convincing Fuerza to tap into her range of powers in order to help defeat these villains.
Cauldron is captured pretty easy after the battle, but Fuerza wants to end the problem for good. Barry convinces the new heroine to now kill the corrupt police commander. However, the reasoning falls on death ears, leaving it to the Flash to rescue this foe and give him to A.R.G.U.S.
Fuerza loses her temper at this though, tapping into the part of the Strength Force that both the Trickster and Flash wielded at some stage. Flash must now face this ally fully powered, with her family eventually talking her down and reminding her who she is.
Of course, the two no longer see eye to eye on their methods and Barry’s Force Quest seems to have hit a snag. Those he is searching answers from are just as lost as him and cannot offer any wisdom.
For Fuerza, this extra wrinkle in her character is needed, although not the path I expected for the character. It’ll be great to see her pop up again in the future, as I imagine she will, so that she can get a chance to make the right decision a second time around.
Flash is also left to question whether his methods of crime fighting are ultimately helping and he isn’t as naive as a rookie would be.
Checking in with Commander Cold for some new intel on the source of the sage weaponry, he points them towards Zandia, realising that it’s a lead that can help him and Detective Burns on their own case. This is a hub of criminality, providing a safe haven to the villains of the DC Universe.
Barry and Iris go undercover as fake villains in order to infiltrate the location and track down the Sage Force user. In a brief moment, Iris is recognised from an old story she wrote. The two are quickly discovered by the mind reader they are tracking, a man that claims to be a big fan of The Flash. We don’t know who this is, but there seems to be a level of bluffing here. We also don’t know why Gemini are interested in this man, so there is a lot more to unpack in the next issue.
The Flash #61 decides to explore our new hero further, giving a morality complex to her that may cause her to question some of her decisions in the future. The Flash is also provided with a situation that requires him to re-examine how he is going to continue on his Force Quest. This new Sage Force user seems like the most intriguing character so far and I’m looking forward to discovering more about this charismatic individual.
With competent and multi-dimensional writing and artwork that continues to support the talented team on the book, The Flash #61 is still hitting its stride in terms of quality, dealing yet another issue to readers that is sure to interest them. The Force Quest remains the best arc for the title.
The Flash #61
Continuing to hit its stride, the Force Quest takes the Flash and re-evaluates his understanding of the new world he finds himself in.