THE FLASH #50
THE FLASH #50 BY JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, HOWARD PORTER, AND HI-FI
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THE FLASH #50 proves to be quite the memorable issue. Joshua Williamson delivers a fantastic finale to the FLASH WAR arc. It’s sure to ignite excitement for what comes next in the series. Howard Porter’s art is, as always, top notch.
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Frenetic Finale

The FLASH WAR story arc ends with a bang in THE FLASH #50. Barry and Wally team up to stop Zoom from irreparably messing up the timeline. The two Flashes may have stopped warring with each other, but one final battle remains with Zoom. Joshua Williamson makes up for a disappointing penultimate chapter with this issue.

It wraps up the FLASH WAR with a satisfying ending that kept me interested in what’s to come in the FLASH series. Plus, you can never go wrong with Howard Porter’s art. He chillingly portrays Zoom as the psychotic madman he’s written as. There’s an amazing end-of-issue reveal I won’t spoil in this review, but suffice to say it put a big smile on my face, and it’s sure to do the same for other longtime Flash fans.

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The Final Battle in THE FLASH #50

In the last issue, Zoom revealed to Barry and Wally that he tricked them into breaking the Speed Force barrier. By doing this, they inadvertently gave Zoom access to two new forces: the Strength Force and the Sage Force. In THE FLASH #50, Zoom uses these newfound powers to subdue the two Flashes and travel into Hypertime, a place where he can pick and choose any time period and reality he wants, including the pre-Flashpoint DC Universe. There, Wally catches a glimpse of his pre-Flashpoint children, Jai and Irey, but he regrettably moves past this reality in order to stop Zoom. They’re eventually led into a now-abandoned 25th Century, where Zoom hopes to become a hero and the one true Flash.

Zoom’s voyage to the past and the breaking of the Speed Force barrier changed the future so that the 25th Century is now a blank slate where Zoom can literally remake the future. He attempts to kill Barry and Wally. Eventually, Wally stops him using built-up temporal energy he’s been expelling through “temporal seizures.”

THE FLASH #50
THE FLASH #50 page 3. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

In doing so, Wally stops Zoom, but at a great cost. The Speed Force becomes unlinked with the space-time continuum, removing the Flashes’ ability to travel back in time. This takes away any hope of Wally finding his long-lost children. Wally takes off in search of Zoom, his relationship with Barry still strained. What happens next? Pick up THE FLASH #50 and find out.

A Return to Form in THE FLASH #50

I’m beyond elated that Joshua Williamson proved me wrong. I had low hopes for this issue after my lackluster reaction to THE FLASH #49. However, Williamson gave his all for THE FLASH #50. It makes up for the last issue in so many ways. For one, I love how, while this did become a “fighting heroes team up to battle a common enemy” story, the relationship between Barry and Wally isn’t mended by the end. Williamson didn’t throw their conflict by the wayside. No, in fact, he showed that it’s too complex to resolve in just one issue. Instead, while Wally says near the end that he’s no longer mad at Barry, he still seems somewhat disappointed. It’s perfectly normal and human for a person to feel this way after a gigantic fight with a loved one. No one mends a relationship overnight, and Williamson understands that.

Another aspect I truly enjoyed was the ending. Wally doesn’t find his kids. This should weigh on him for a while. I really hope that this experience is tied into his storyline in the upcoming SANCTUARY event. I want to see Wally’s trauma explored. He’s a broken man now, which is very interesting for future stories. Luckily, this arc wasn’t a character assassination for Wally. It seemed that way for a bit, with Wally becoming too unhinged. Instead, it deepened his character. Williamson won back my trust with this fantastic issue.

Porter Does It Again in THE FLASH #50

Howard Porter, of course, continues his streak of crafting fabulous art for this series. In THE FLASH #50, his strongest work of the issue is whenever he draws Zoom. He always looks downright maniacal, which makes sense. He’s completely deluded into thinking that the only way to become a hero is through horrible personal trauma. He’s a deeply disturbed character, and Porter’s art makes this clear. Each page he shows up in, he changes expressions on a dime. He’ll be smiling widely on one panel and then grimacing with rage in the next. It really gets across just how delusional and dangerous Zoom is. It makes him a truly credible threat.

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THE FLASH #50 page 4. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Final Thoughts: THE FLASH #50

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THE FLASH #50 reignites my excitement for this series. I really want to know what Williamson does next with all the characters. I can’t wait to see how Barry reacts to Wally’s whole tirade against him. Williamson crafted a beautifully constructed issue that’s sure to be a memorable one for Flash fans.

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