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Review: The Flash #9

fls_cv9_dsI have really enjoyed Joshua Williamson writing The Flash. The last arc with Godspeed was a lot of fun, and it really kept me on my toes with a few twists. So far, like most of the Rebirth books I have been reading, this series has been coming out every two weeks, and thankfully that hasn’t affected the quality.

This issue gives us an adventure with both Wally Wests. The new Wally West is enjoying his time with The Flash and teaming up. We then see the older Wally West arrive and help them with a situation right before the speed force takes over Barry, and makes him turn into a much meaner version of himself.  Some of the things he says forces young Wally to run off in anger, after he learns more about his past than he wanted to know.

We also get some nice reference to the actual main DC Rebirth book, where the older Wally West was heavily featured. It would seem between The Flash #9 and an arc in the current Titans comic, that the villain Abra Kadabra had something to do with our heroes missing time, and it will be interesting with how they answer the remaining questions DC Rebirth had raised going forward.

This issue introduces us to a new artist, Jorge Corona. It is noticeably different than Giandomenico who has been drawing the series since issue #1. It isn’t a bad art style at all, but for me it will take some getting used to. The colors by Ivan Plascenia are well done, and it is fun to see all three versions of The Flash on a panel together, playing with their different arrangements of red and yellow.

I did enjoy this issue, and it feels like it was made as a buffer for the next arc. This is very much about the two versions of Wally West, and them meeting and learning a bit about each other. It is obvious that Williamson is trying to stay faithful to the rich history of The Flash, while also trying to move the series forward. I am very optimistic with him on this book so far, and I look forward to seeing where we will be with the fastest man alive in a year from now. This book didn’t feel like it was going as fast as the other issues, no pun intended. That is a good thing. Every now and then, it’s good to get an issue that slows down everything a little, and yes that pun is intended.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Jorge Corona Color: Ivan Plascenia
Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review