Flash War part 1
Synopsis per DC Comics: “FLASH WAR” part one! Barry Allen and Wally West…at war?! The long-rising tension between mentor and former sidekick is brought to a head when the Renegades of the 25th century come to claim Iris West for the murder of Eobard Thawne…but that’s only the beginning of a plot that will change the future of The Flash forever! By the end, it will be Flash versus Flash in a mythology-shaking event!
This is a good jumping on point for those that have been lapsed Flash fans for years. For those in the know, there has always been a distinct difference between Barry and Wally. Where Barry has been a logical, step by step thinker, Wally has been the impulsive doer. Joshua Williamson captures those distinct sides in this opening story. This is alluded to early on and both Flashes try to stop a tidal wave on the other side of the globe. Throughout this story, readers will see the Flashes clash because of their differences in their approach to solving problems. When the Renegades comes calling to have Iris answer for a murder, even Iris has her own way of wanting to keep revenge seekers off of their backs. It’s the intersection of how all sides wants to handle a problem that drives this story. However, when all parties finally (and begrudgingly) agree to go to the 25th century, Wally gets isolated and that’s when we are left with a cliffhanger.
The art by Howard Porter is pretty good in this issue. It has a kinetic style that is handled very well for the action sequences that occur especially during a fight with Golden Guardians yellow constructs. I am not exactly fond however of some of the ‘muscularly’ built characters within the books but at the very least it’s not an over exaggeration with how these characters should look. In some ways though, the pacing of the book’s art has a quasi-80’s feel to it especially the intro to the Renegades.
While it’s been some time that I have read a Flash story, this potentially looks to be a fun event contained within the pages of the Flash comics. Regardless of how long it’s been since you read one, if you know the characters enough, this book may immediately pull you in and if Williamson pulls it off, this could be a good story for the summer. The question of course is when the dust settles, will we have one Flash above all others and more to the point, will readers care?
3.5 Zooms out of 5