As the story opens, The Flash is part of a Justice League contingent trying to break up a protest in Australia. A local superhero, Galaxor, tries to fight the League and is easily crippled by Superman for his trouble. The event leaves The Flash troubled even before he is contacted by Batman and reminded of how he once inspired people to heroism rather than making them afraid.
Tom Taylor hits the reader with both barrels in this episode. The conflict between the ideals of freedom and security is expanded upon even further than in the last issue. The whole affair is brilliant. Indeed, the only danger I see is that it will be difficult for this series to retain a neutral tone given how far over the line Superman has gone with every passing issue.
Tom Derenick's artwork continues to impress. I recall his work on Issue #11 of this series being appropriately shadowy and atmospheric in the scenes depicting The Batcave. His pencils are as clear as before but his inks are much lighter here, as befits the generally brighter world of The Flash and the desert setting where half of the issue takes place.
Bottom line? Great writing. Great artwork. The best Flash story I've read in a long time. Well worth the $1.00 download.