The Flash #50

Written by, Joshua Williamson
Art by, Howard Porter
Colors by, Hi-Fi
Letters by, Steve Wands

Barry Allen and Wally West chase Hunter Zolomon as he strives to break The Force Barrier and unleash the Power Force, Sage Force, and the Still Force. Wally has to fight off temptations to find his twin children while learning how to trust his abilities so that they can defeat Zoom. Barry is faced with his failure to protect his family but is able to put himself aside allowing Wally, (spoilers) the fastest man alive, the opportunity to bring Zoom down. The Speed Force forever changes forever as a result of this battle!

The art by Howard Porter, beautifully captures The Speed Force energies between the characters, panel layouts accentuate the velocity of the characters, and the emotions on character faces are accurately portrayed. The colors, the bright yellows, deep reds, contrasted by light blues makes Porter’s artwork really pop. The story moves fast and weaves back and forth as it describes an interconnected web between the three Flashes. Barry has let Wally’s down as a mentor, Wally carries the guilt of leaving his children in the Speed Force, while Zoom promises that he can take away all of their pain.  The tension between the characters feels earned because the connections between emotions and behaviors are easy to track. My one criticism is that the story bounces a lot between multiple character’s feelings of guilt and sadness mixed with anger, which makes the story a bit convoluted.

The entertainment value has to do with the artwork and the big reveal at the end of this issue. One panel shows Zoom in Hyperspace with Barry and Wally in pursuit as he cuts through the Speed Force like an arrow. The big reveal at the end of the issue makes this worth picking up. The results of this story leave Barry and this story in a very interesting place.

Art = 10
Story = 8
Overall = 9

Final Impressions

The story moves at a dizzying pace, with emotions flying high with multiple characters and a lot of time-travel in between. The inclusion of Commander Cold was uniquely handled, and the art depicting the character is flawless in its scruffy and unique representation. The story continues to unpack the aftermath of Wally’s escape from the Speed Force and the consequences of previous significant events involving his nuclear family. In addition, Barry, Wally, and KidFlash are given unique and autonomous story arcs by the end, which is very interesting for these characters moving forward.   I highly recommend this book to readers of The Flash and DC.

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