By: Cynthia Ayala
Happy Wednesday! I only have one review for you today because my file this weekend at the comic shop was very small. So here we have The Flash #33 where Iris starts to take advantage of her friendship with Barry while he deals with a mass murderer lying in the police precinct.
The Flash #33 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 23, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
A Step Behind
Okay, seriously, Iris is pissing me off. I get it, I do, she wants to kelp her nephew get back on the right track, but she is taking complete advantage of Barry’s influence making him do all the work than try, really try, to make an effort and bond with her nephew, Wally West, who is now her ward. For heavens’ sake she even hacked into his facebook! If she needs to do that then obviously there is no respect so how can she expect the kid to want to talk to her? So instead, she puts everything on Barry who has his own life and is too nice of a guy to really say no and put his food down. See, that’s why he’s one of my favorites, right up there with Batman. But honestly, Iris, yeah I hate her, I don’t want to see her anymore. I’m a Batty shipper all the way. Yeah, I did it, I put Barry and Patty together, I shipped them!
Don’t judge me too harshly.
But anyway, as good an issue as it was, my real problem lies with Iris. Her character seems to lack boundaries. This isn’t new, her character as a reporter has always seemed to lack boundaries, but unlike Lois, she doesn’t have the charisma, the strength and attitude to make her character stand out. Instead, she comes off as selfish and pushy. There is nothing charming about that. She’s just intrusive and that’s annoying. Iris becomes increasingly annoying with each passing issue, and hopefully that’s what the writer is going for because everything else in the issue worked. The story was laid out perfectly with solid characterization all around and strong dynamics. The shifts from past to present are even done well to tie two events that seemingly have nothing to with one another mesh well together.
Iris is the only problem in this series. She needs to go…or get a characterization makeover.
WRITERS: ROBERT VENDITTI & VAN JENSEN
PENCILLER: BRETT BOOTH
INKER: NORM RAPMUND
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS