“Wally? What are you doing?!” (Flash #47 Comic Review)
Flash #47 Review
Flash War Part One
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Penciled by: Howard Porter
Colored by: Hi-Fi
Lettered by: Steve Wands
Covers and Title pages: Porter and Hi-Fi
Hi, I’m Barry Allen. Actually, I’m not. But this review is about him, 2 Wally Wests, Iris, some folks who are sort of like the Rogues, and a few other speedsters of note who are pulling the strings. With this issue, the war begins. The world of the Flash and particularly the Speed Force is mad complicated. Also, excuse the puns now, there may be a lot of them. But here we go!
Previously on The Flash…
Flash is a mix of both science and detective stories. The timeline is always in a mucky place because of the Speed Force and the ability of speedsters to travel through time and change lots of things they probably should not. If you’ve been keeping up, Wally the Elder, has been having a rough time since his missing memories have been returning in an explosive and painful way. Barry and Iris, along with a host of friends have been trying to help to no avail. Simultaneously, ill plans with villainous speedsters are at play.
I did some backtracking and this story has a lot of callbacks bringing together a lot of stories. Williamson leaves no stone unturned and wants to make sure that you know all of this is connected. I can appreciate that. For me, it’s hard to keep up with the plot unless you’ve read the entire run since number 1 and the annual. There is a lot at play here. Our center is supposed to be the familial relationships of the Flash family but it’s hard to understand Wally the Elder’s frustration and difficulty with seeking help. Seek help Wally. Barry and everyone else is offering it. Wally kind of comes off as the kid and Wally the Kid Flash is much more mature. I really like all the characterizations except for Wally the Elder because he’s just annoying the hell out of me as he makes odd call after odd call. I’m glad there was some clarification as to what’s happening with his memories but I still think he needs to tone down the tantrums. Iris taking charge is great. She’s the grounding of the family and as she was called, the matriarch of the Flash family. She proves it here.
The art is overall good but I think it goes a little overboard on the lines within the face. I think this may be to show differentiation in cheek bones and ages of the various characters but I think Porter is trying to hard to make them look real. What I do like though, is the art’s capture of the motion. With Flash, everyone is always moving and I think Porter does well at capturing these fast paced moments. Finally, I like the Flash overall and his strong moral grounding and family values. But with a story that hearkens back as far as 40 plus issues ago on some points, we’re running with you Flash fam but where are we going?
Summary Wally is all over the place emotionally, while Barry, Iris, and Kid Flash are trying to keep the family together. Things get a little complicated when The Renegades, Rogues who are I guess like future Rogues spliced with the Legends of Tomorrow, show up to arrest Iris for the murder of the Reverse Flash. The story is fast and there’s a lot going on, so definitely start from the beginning and keep up if you want full understanding of what’s going on.