The Time Has Come (Flash #51 Comic Review)
“The Life Story of Wally West”
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Penciled by: Scott Holins
Colored by: Luis Guerrero
Lettered by: Steve Wands
Covers and Title pages: Howard Porter and Hi-Fi
In the aftermath of the Flash War, we visit on our heroes and how they’re dealing with the ruins of Zoom’s dastardly plan. Beautifully written from the perspective of Iris West pouring out her memory about her pre-Flashpoint nephew Wally West.
Previously on The Flash…
Some spoilers for The Flash #50
The last issue was the culmination of the Flash War and some major reveals for the Flash family and the DC Universe as a whole. Newton said that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This all started with Barry’s Flashpoint decisions. Wasn’t that fixed? Nah, not at all. The ripple effect brings a broken Wally to succumb to Zoom’s machinations and breaking of the Force Barrier. This reveals new forces that give Zoom access to Power and Sage forces and a pathway to an even more powerful Still force. Also, Hypertime is back! But time travel is gone probably not for good but definitely for now. How can Barry and his family recover from this major loss? We see in this issue.
Wally finally stops running from his problems. Thank you. For me, this was the best issue of Flash I have reviewed so far. It was gripping and emotional and encapsulates who The Flash is (both Barry and Wally). It was an ingenious idea for the issue to be narrated by Iris as she recaptures her lost memories of Wally from birth to now. Now Wally doesn’t seem as whiny and annoying, but truly his tragedy truly comes to light through her voice. The heartfelt hopefulness and persistence of Barry and Wally respectively are perfectly placed before our eyes. I also appreciate the cameos by The Trinity (Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman). Young Wallace’s turn is a bit disappointing, but hopefully, he doesn’t become the 3rd Damien… Overall, Williamson has done a masterful job, bravo. The art in this issue is much crisper and sleek. I’m not distracted by the mascara like the last issue. I appreciate the nods to pre-New 52 Flash story lines, and I believe it was well done. Particularly the way it was dispersed across the splash pages. This is art that I wish was the case in the last few issues.
Summary This issue was awesome! However, grab your tissues, as it really gets to the heart of who The Flash is within the DC Universe. Specifically who Wally is, but also who Barry is. You can only run for so long, and Wally has finally stopped running. I felt every bit of this issue, and what it could mean for Wally going forward. Hopefully, some things will get figured out in the upcoming Heroes in Crisis book. Pick this up if you want to understand Wally more and see where this next installment of The Flash Family’s adventures may lead.