Comic Review: The Flash #81 (DC Comics)

It’s a showdown in the Forever Force as Hunter Solomon and Black Flash fight to the death!!! With Barry injured, how can he hope to stop the Black Flash from […]

It’s a showdown in the Forever Force as Hunter Solomon and Black Flash fight to the death!!!

With Barry injured, how can he hope to stop the Black Flash from killing Hunter, while also preventing himself from getting killed in the process!? How can The Flash return balance to the forces that bind him, Hunter and Black Flash? Can the Forever Force be obtained to anyone’s benefit? What will cost all of them?

Admittedly there are minor periods during Williamson’s Flash run where it can sometimes focus on smaller scale arcs that are interesting but get overshadowed by the bigger arcs that everyone wants to see. And sometimes, as a reader, one might drift off to read other series before jumping right back in, and man, I regret missing on some of the prior issues because it’s bonkers! After catching up, it’s amazing to see that Williamson still has so much engine in the tank, and how he is still able to make stories that dig deep into Flash lore and make it compelling, and new is a difficult feat for any writer to accomplish. What makes this issue so great is the revelations that continue to surprise readers throughout the book. Williamson has been writing this series since DC rebirth, and it should be no surprise that he has a strong grasp on these characters, and a good idea on where this series is headed. Amongst writing Batman/Superman, and Scott Lobdell writing Flash Forward mini-series that deals with Wally, it’s still amazing that Williamson finds new ways to make the Flash a fun thrill ride. Some of the best moments in this issue are the interactions between Hunter and Barry as they try to convince each other on who is right in their mission to use the various forces for their own means, and boy does Williamson deliver in the final pages.

In the art department, Kolin pencils/inks and Gurrero’s colors are top-notch in this book, delivering the kind of fast, kinetic action, fun, and mystery that a Flash book can offer. There are a ton of cool pages that make the book an enjoyable read, especially with Steve Wands lettering making it a fun read through it. I definitely recommend picking this issue up for new comic book day!

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