The Flash #51 Review

Written by: Joshua Williamson

Illustrated by: Scott Collins

Colours by: Luis Guerrero

Lettering by: Steve Wands

Cover by: Howard Porter

Published by: DC Comics




In this, ironically, slow-paced and emotional issue of The Flash we see the epilogue of Flash War. It is set two days after the end of the war and Wally West’s aunt, Iris West, details the origins of Wally as well as what the aftermath of the Flash War has meant for him. At the same time she is trying to put together her memories and how those fit in with the new world around her.

It is safe to say that not much really happens in the issue in the way of daring action scenes but is a lot more focused on the characters and how they are dealing with the aftermath of the war. I personally enjoyed the anecdotal voice of Iris West as she tries to make sense of all that is happening and I appreciate whenever comics are more character driven for a change of pace than the action-packed world of the world speediest superheroes.


Iris West’s stories serve as flash backs into the life of Wally West, from the day of his birth to the beginning of his career as Kid Flash and beyond. It is a nice trip down memory lane for many people who have appreciate Wally West as their favourite Flash. As well as this, the end of the issue sets up the next story arc in the Flash timeline as Wonder Woman and Superman come to take Wally to ‘Sanctuary’.

There is not much to be said about the art work, it’s the solid and classic DC style of art that a lot of people know and love, nothing experimental here. I think that this style lends itself well to potentially DC’s most positive hero, it’s bright, colourful and clear but nothing to write home about. It serves its purpose and it looks great.


The issue is an interesting wrap-up of a major event in the Flash timeline and leads onto more adventures. It also shoes us how these characters have been changed by the war and what this means for their relationships moving forward. If you have an emotional investment in the characters of The Flash world and DC comic universe I would recommend this comic, however, if you more the all-guns blazing type and want to enjoy an action packed comic – look elsewhere.

Overall: 7/10


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