The latest instalment of the Force Quest officially introduces us to the newest user of the Sage Force; the mysterious and absolutely untrustworthy Pysch. In a tale that involves a heist, a betrayal, the return of some newer villains and some of the freshest art seen in the book for a while, The Flash #62 pops with visual and narrative appeal that is sure to make any Flash fan happy.
With the Flash being sought out by Pysch, after his presence was known in Zandia, this newly introduced character sets out a mission for Flash that he seemingly can’t refuse. After connecting with the mind reader on a level that he had only felt with Fuerza before, Barry feels compelled to aid this A.R.G.U.S. operative with the task he has been set; taking down Roulette, a betting-based villain and her personal security of the Royal Flush Gang.
Already setting itself up for a lot of gambling puns, The Flash #62 leans heavily into the fun of its villains. Of course, Roulette’s illegal operation is quickly brought down by the Flash and his team. Unfortunately, during the process Pysch manipulates the situation in order to use Barry as bait for the villains. It’s a distraction that pays off well enough to invade Roulette’s mind for all her dirty secrets and blackmail her in the future.
Back in Central City, we get a glimpse of the mystery unfolding for Captain Cold and Detective Burns. The two chase down a criminal only to discover a hidden underground lair. It looks to be that of a villain like the Trickster or the Toy Maker, but I cannot be certain. It suggests there is a larger criminal mastermind at work who is coordinating these events that are heavily linked to the Flash’s own mission.
Back in Zandia, the events quickly break down, with Pysch clearly being just as untrustworthy as Iris had feared him to be. The mind reader had used his abilities in order to capitalise on the vulnerabilities of Barry, a thematic lesson for The Speedster to learn as the self-proclaimed Robin Hood draws on his negative emotions in order to manipulate and disarm him.
Whilst more time could have been given to further character work, a lot was successfully achieved in The Flash #62 and it is evident that some sufficient planning was in place in order to ensure each part of the Force Quest unveiled something new about the Scarlet Speedster and the relationships with those around him. Plus, there is significant foreshadowing of what is to come.
The Flash #62 is jam-packed with strong moments throughout that were both visually and narratively interesting to read.
The Flash #62
Jam-packed with potential, this action-filled issue covered a lot of ground whilst managing to hit every note successfully.