The Flash #40 dives deep into Barry Allen’s fears and insecurities, making the most of Gorilla Grodd as a villain and paving the way for the eventual Flash War arc.
The first Flash Annual of the post-Rebirth era plants the seeds for Flash War, first by peeking into Wally West’s life since his return and by exploring the tension between him and Barry.
The Flash #39 balances an honest conversation between Barry and Iris with a formidable contender coming for Flash’s Speed Force crown.
The Flash #38 is all about second chances, and it succeeds in showing that with Barry Allen and August Heart’s story while still having fun with the Rogues.
The Flash #37 intertwines Barry’s work life with his superhero life, creating a mystery he must solve as both CSI Allen and the Flash.
The Flash #36 reintroduces the Rogues as a mysterious murder takes place in Iron Heights. But how can Barry solve it with so much against him?
The Flash #35 reveals Meena’s motivations for her heel-face-turn, and reintroduces the idea of a Barry and Wally team-up.
The Flash #33 makes the most of its Metal tie-in, bringing as much action and fear to The Flash as possible without losing Barry’s human touch.
The Flash #32 re-introduces us to Iron Heights and sets the scene for Barry Allen’s future dealings there while igniting plot points that will go off later.
After the Metal crossover event ends, Barry and Wally will be left picking up the pieces in Flash War. The story runs from Annual #1 to The Flash #46.