It’s Okay. It’s Okay. It’s Okay. (The Flash #48 Comic Review)

The Flash #48: “Flash War” Part Two

Written by: Joshua Williamson

Penciled by: Howard Porter

Colored by: Hi-Fi

Lettered by: Steve Wands

Covers and title pages by: Howard Porter and Hi-Fi

Flash 48 cover flash 48 variant cover

The Flash War continues in the issue with part 2.

Flash War logo

Previously on The Flash…

Some spoilers for The Flash #47

It seems like Wally is feeling better after having told Iris who he is. Barry, Iris, Wally, and Wallace are one big happy Flash family until what’s basically the Legends of Tomorrow but composed of Rogues calling themselves Renegades (I told you things are complicated). They show up to arrest Iris for murdering Eobard Thawne. Of course, they protest. Iris takes charge and agrees to go to sort things out. Simultaneously, Wally the Elder is captured by Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom.

My Take

The opening scene to the last issue makes a whole lot more sense now. As well, some questions that I would drag out a little longer were answered for some of our characters. This pushes their story line forward and I’m not left to wonder for four issues how Cold, Iris, and Barry will figure out who’s behind things. But Williamson leaves more things, arguably more important questions, unanswered. Specifically the question of how to help Wally and his temporal strokes and whether Zoom has the remedy.

Temporal strokes

Temporal strokes have Wally shook.

Williamson’s run on Flash not only has some complex plot points, but also has some of the most emotional storytelling I’ve read in DC in a long time. Barry has a huge responsibility as the patriarch of sorts to the Flash family to Iris’ matriarch, and he tends to screw things up a lot. Barry’s decisions leave immense damage for folks like Wally and others with no easy answer to fixing it. Wally is an emotional wreck and he’d stop at nothing to retrieve family members he thinks might still be trapped in the Speed Force and the race is on.

The art is bold and boisterous. Cracks of speed lightning are everywhere for good reason. The huge panel mid-way through is beautiful. By virtue of the characters we’re working with, the movement is evident on every page. I can see the frustration and the righteous anger on Wally the Elder’s face in the final pages. I think I’m up to speed and on track now and I’m looking forward to the next battle in Flash War.

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Aaron Jones

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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.
Summary
The Flash War continues in part 2 of this arc. Wally is still a mess and it does not help that Zoom is getting in his ear. The murder trial of Iris West comes to a halt. As usual we have some time for the Blame Barry show and we get more really intense moments between he and Wally. The saga continues and buckle up, I think we’re in for a wild ride.
Good
  • Art is great
  • Emotional roller coaster and I like it
  • Barry wrecks shop
  • No waiting to advance story, the cat is out of the bag
Bad
  • Wally the elder is still annoyingly irrational
7.8
Good
Art - 8
Writing - 7
Plot - 8
Character Development - 8
Fluidity from Previous Issue - 8
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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.

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