Review: The Flash #48

Barry Allen and Wally West are brought to the future to stand trial for the murder of Eobard Thawne, but a terrible truth is uncovered when they reach the court – and Wally West is confronted with something he never even realized he lost.

The second part of “Flash War” is here with The Flash #48 and the emotions run high as Wally West is revealed the truth about the life torn from him. Writer Joshua Williamson delivers an issue that’s full of emotional highs and lows and twists and turns that are unexpected. Taking place in the future, Hunter Zoloman confronts Wally about what was and presents an option to possibly get it all back but that involves taking on the Speed Force. Is Zoloman telling the truth? Is this all a big set up for something else? Hints are dropped as everything builds through the issue.

Williamson makes sure to pepper “Flash War” with emotion. We not only understand what Wally’s going through but also understand his actions. We also understand Barry’s too. And it’s heartbreaking as two friends come to blows.

We also see some of the ramifications and Williamson evokes classic Flash stories, especially Flashpoint through it. What might change in the timeline? We’ll find out.

Artist Howard Porter does a solid job bringing it all to life. There’s the quieter moments but the speed and the action is fantastic as always. This series from the beginning of its rebirth has been blessed with fantastic art and Porter is a part of that. The moments between Barry and Wally especially have a kinetic feel about them that leaps off the page.

I’m excited to find out where “Flash War” goes and after this issue I honestly have no idea. This may be limited to the Flash title but it feels like a story that’ll have a big ramification on the entire DC Universe and answer some questions about the meta story that’s been going on since Rebirth began.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Howard Porter
Story: 8.05 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.05 Recommendation: Buy

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