The Flash #46 Review: One of the Best Flash Issues in Some Time

Posted by May 10, 2018 Comment

The Flash #46
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Writer: Joshua Williamson, Artist: Scott Kolins, Color Artist: Luis Guerrero, Letters: Steve Wands, Cover by: Dan Panosian, Variant Cover by: Francesco Mattina, Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino, Editor: Rebecca Taylor, Group Editor: Marie Javins, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, By special arrangement of the Jerry Siegel Family, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $2.99

We see Hunter Zolomon, aka Zoom, locked away in Iron Heights and reflecting on his history with Wally West, the Flash. Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse-Flash/Professor Zoom breaks Zolomon out, and the two go about their mission of making Wally West and Barry Allen “better heroes.”

Flash #46 cover by Dan Panosian
The Flash #46 cover by Dan Panosian

In the present, Wally West continues to struggle with having his memories of the different timeline restored. Barry and the Justice League try to help him, but they don’t know what to do. Wally’s visions of the other timeline continue to get more vivid.

Flash #46 is easily among the best issues of this run I’ve read in some time. While there is no present and immediate threat throughout the comic, it handles its more personal conflict well.

A part of what makes it work is the approachability of Wally’s problem. The idea of having another life and visions colliding with present reality is a bit of a mind trip not too hard to imagine. It’s an idea similar to schizophrenia and psychotic breaks, which gives it some grounding in reality. Plus, it relates to the core story of Rebirth, so that’s cool. There are still some melodramatic outbursts here and there, but they are far less prominent than usual for this comic.

The dialogue is significantly better in this issue too. It’s not perfect, and there are some shaky lines. However, it’s better than most recent issues of Flash I’ve read.

This version of Zolomon is quite interesting too, and, hopefully, that will continue through Flash War. His timeline doesn’t line up with that of the main comic, and this issue doesn’t quite do a good enough job of explaining that.

The Flash #46 art by Scott Kolins and Luis Guerrero
The Flash #46 art by Scott Kolins and Luis Guerrero

Scott Kolins’s artwork has always fit Flash quite well, and that is no different in this installment. His highly stylized work is suited to the kinetic and fast-moving tone of this book. There are some panels where faces look odd, but those are rare. Luis Guerrero’s color art is bright and lively, and it fits well with the style of Kolins.

Flash #46 is undoubtedly among the best issues of this comic to come out recently, and, hopefully, this bodes well for Flash War. It still has its flaws, but, with a more restrained tone and better dialogue, this one comes out ahead. Plus, Kolins and Guerrero put in some good work. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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(Last Updated May 10, 2018 5:10 pm )

About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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