Comic Review: The Flash #49 (DC Comics)

Flash War continues!!!! Barry and Wally battle it out as they speed to the present. But due to their race around the world, running laps all across it, the world […]

Flash War continues!!!! Barry and Wally battle it out as they speed to the present. But due to their race around the world, running laps all across it, the world starts to fall into chaos.

As Barry tries to prevent Wally from breaking the Speed Force, their destructive derby catches the attention of Amanda Waller and the Justice League!!! Can Barry and Wally settle their differences? Can Wally save his kids from being trapped in the speed force? Can the Justice League stop both speedsters before they destroy the world?

Williamson has had such a fantastic streak with this series. What’s interesting to see is that it feels that he takes and combines the very best things that make this book great. Fans of Mark Waid’s 90s Flash run and Geoff Johns /Francis Manapul run on the Flash will greatly appreciate the work that Williamson is doing in this book let alone in this arc.

The story is great and the dialogue between Barry and Wally as they argue and battle it out is fantastic. Both characters have reasonable motivations as to why they are fighting. Wally wants to retrieve the kids that he had lost during flashpoint. And Barry is trying to prevent another flashpoint from happening. Which are both strong motivations and arguments that only leave you wondering who will come out on top in this arc?

What’s great about Williamson’s writing, especially in this issue, is that the pacing is strong and grabs your attention from beginning to end. Williamson introduces some new facets to the Speed Force, which will no doubt be added onto fact Memes on the internet in no time. To see the speed force being expanded on, with new layers is unexpectedly refreshing, in any case, this may give readers a similar effect to how they felt when Geoff Johns expanded on the Green Lantern mythos. But time will tell how well this will stay with readers as the series progresses. But for me, it definitely gives me a lot more to look forward to in regards to the new possibilities that are now open within the world of The Flash.

Howard Porter’s artwork continues to dazzle the eye and carry the narrative in a visually enjoyable manner. Seeing him draw the Justice League again is always a sight to see, especially in panels where they try to intervene in the battle between Barry and Wally. Hi-Fi’s colors continue to do an excellent job at giving the book such vibrance, giving Porter’s art some life.

Flash issue 49 is another worthy issue that expands upon the mythos of the Flash, but also the story of this arc. And it will most definitely have readers talking for the next couple of weeks. Add this to your weekly pull list!!!

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