“I’ll NEVER STOP RUNNING!” – Wally West
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Penciled by: Howard Porter
Colored by: Hi-Fi
Lettered by: Steve Wands
Covers and Title pages: Porter and Hi-Fi
This issue marks the conclusion of Flash War with some really interesting winding roads our speedsters led us around.
Previously on The Flash…
Some spoilers for The Flash #49
The last issue took me for a loop and I enjoyed it. But most importantly, the naive and distraught Wally West falls for Zoom’s tricks and it has some dire consequences that lead to a massive battle between Barry, Wally, and Zoom. Ok. But I can’t leave without saying this, why is nobody talking about how quickly and easily Zoom dispensed with the entire Justice League and Titans? Maybe it has something to do with the breaking of the Speed Force barrier and all these new forces. New forces?
So the battle rages on full force between Barry, Wally, and Hunter. Overall, I would say I am satisfied with the way things ended up. Sometimes a win is bittersweet and you roll with the punches to fight another day. I can appreciate Barry for not giving up this time. However, I think Wally’s character isn’t the type of guy to get over that. And it is here where I can’t see his growth or development over time. Hey, I don’t have kids so I can’t really judge him too much. But what I do know is that Wally is willing to risk all of existence for them. What makes Wally one of the fastest is that he’s running but never doing too much thinking. He never thought about how Hunter could be manipulating him and this is how we got to this mess. This book is a deeply emotionally one. All of our Flashes here are driven heavily by their emotions. Barry from his guilt, Wally from his feeling of loss, and Hunter by his manic goal-setting. I am concerned about the Wallace and Damien thing. When you read it, you’ll know.
This is another action-packed issue with a lot of movement and a lot of energy dispersal. That means pretty colors everywhere! I liked the coloring and contrast for the flashback scenes and other universes, it fed into the sense that they are different and separate. The inking is a little heavy in a few panels to the point where it looks like Wally and Zoom have mascara but this is a minors thing. All in all, this is my hope in the next arc: Wally slows down and Barry speeds it up.
OH and the last page! He is definitely one of my favorites in the Flash family and I’m glad he’s back!