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Review: Justice League: Darkseid War: The Flash #1

Justice League Darkseid War The FlashThe Flash is forced to take on the role of the Black Racer, harbinger of death! But can anyone escape this unlikely grim reaper?

Out of the various Justice League members, there’s one who really is associated with death, and that’s the Flash. His alter-ego Barry Allen was set upon his path after the death of his mother, eventually becoming the Flash.

All of the above, and more, is explained in Justice League: Darkseid War: The Flash #1, which again takes on a weird This is Your Life/A Christmas Carol narrative like Batman’s focus last week. It’s so apparent that writer Rob Williams actually addresses it early on in the story.

But, Williams makes his take a lot more interesting to me. The issue really has Barry Allen/The Flash struggling with being death and the Black Racer. The issue lays out why this is all important. And it’s actually entertaining in a weird way. And eventually it takes us to a logical conclusion with a nice twist in the middle. This is unlike Batman who comes off as a dick accepting it all.

Part of this is helped by Jesús Merino on the art who does a great job setting the feeling of motion. It’s not the best Flash art out of recent artists, but he’s solid for this issue and uses angles really well to play off the character’s movement.

The issue isn’t bad, and there’s some nice things done with it all. I wish there was something more than just a new version of A Christmas Carol. I will say, Williams gives us actual reasons for the end of the issue that makes sense. For those really into “Darkseid War,” the issue gives us some more insight into the Black Racer and why the Flash must be death.

Story: Rob Williams Art: Jesús Merino
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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