DC Comics reviews for 4/25/18

The Flash #45

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I’ll be honest, the idea of a Flash War seemed hard to swallow. Barry Allen battling Wally West didn’t just seem unlikely, but wrong following DC Rebirth #1’s most heartfelt moment. Writer Joshua Williamson has preached patience and this issue starts to explain why Flash War could and probably should occur.

Williamson smartly used this issue for a breather after the intense Perfect Storm, which ironically makes for the calm after the storm.

I was glad to see Williamson spend some more time on the Barry Allen/Iris West relationship, tease some future developments with Wallace West and continue exploring the Perfect Storm fallout.

Hopefully the reason Christian Duce isn’t drawing a regular book is his choice. Otherwise there’s no need for such a tremendously talented artist to not have a title right now. Duce’s pencils this issue look amazing. He always does such stellar work conveying emotions, which was very important in this dialogue heavy issue.

The big development was the latest twist with Wally. Williamson has big moves in store if this issue’s cliffhanger is any indication. And it’s one that’s going to make The Flash one of the most important books in the upcoming months.

Rating: 10 out of 10