The Flash #46
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Scott Kolins
“THE ROAD TO FLASH WAR!” Wally West is overwhelmed by fragments from his past! With his protégé’s psyche falling apart, Barry Allen races around the DCU calling in every favor possible to save his shattered family. Meanwhile, Hunter Zolomon’s sinister machinations tip over the first domino in what might prove to be the end of everything for The Flash!
The road to Flash War begins this week and it’s a very promising start. Hunter Zolomon is one of the main players here, and we get to see how he ended up becoming Zoom once again. Featuring some surprise appearances from Eobard Thawne, we get a solid foundation for why Zolomon is intent on making the two Flashes battle it out. Typically a prelude for a major story arc is simply used to set up and nothing else, but I feel like this one does that and more.
Wally West is experiencing a crash of memories as he is now reacquainted with his aunt Iris, and this is causing him to become a bit unstable. For example, he sees the Flash museum from the way back when while he’s looking an empty space. Every moment like this is really well executed and makes you feel for the guy. West is famously known as one of, if not, the best speedster to ever live (run) so seeing him in this state creates a lot of empathy for the character.
Although the ending has Zolomon determined to pit the Flashes against each other and destroy them, Barry is actually able to help Wally. This will sure make the events of Flash War have even more impact, I simply can’t wait to see what Joshua Williamson has up his sleeves. Although there have a been little dips in his Rebirth run, he’s truly shown he’s the perfect guy to be tackling Flash and all of the characters surrounding him.
The art isn’t too exciting, but it’s enough to portray the right tone and setting. A small downgrade from last week’s issue yet that really isn’t something overly negative. Overall it has to do with the number of issues being churned out on a monthly basis. Inconsistency between art styles is something other runs suffer from, but it doesn’t take away the fact it’s done by people who put their soul into it.
Things take a slower turn here to set up the upcoming storyline, but I think it’s as exciting as the action. Williamson knows these heroes (and villains) so well, each person feels real and you want to follow them wherever they go. The art has some inconsistent spots but overall works well with the story and setting. This is the easily one of DC’s best series right now, and that’s saying a lot as they have plenty of success besides the Flash.