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The Flash #51 review: The life story of Wally West

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The Flash #51 review: The life story of Wally West

The Life Story of Wally West. With Flash War over, what will become of DC’s best speedster?

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The official summary reads:

As the dust settles in the wake of “Flash War,” the Flash and his family of speedsters try to pick up the pieces of what’s left. But bad blood can run deep. This is the one race the Flash Family can’t win!

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“The last ride of Wally West” would be an apt name for this issue. Another name could be “Wally West, this is your life” as this issue just gives a real sense of dread and fear and scrutiny of what has happened in Wally’s life and what’s to come.

Everything from Heroes in Crisis makes me fear for what’s coming up when it comes to Wally, as everything makes the future for my favorite speedster seem incredibly dark and depressing. Without any of those fears this issue is a great celebration of Wally as a character, his history and his relationship with Barry and Iris. Along with the annual this is another issue that feels like it could fit into a solo series for the character instead of him being shipped off to be broken, possibly framed for murder and rumored to be put on the Suicide Squad written by Azzarello. The thought that the last point could be true just fills me with dread.

The Flash #51 review: The life story of Wally West

The artwork by Scott Kolins is again fantastic. He was the best artist to choose for the prologue and epilogue for Flash War as his art style perfectly sums up Wally, and by extension his relationship with Hunter, considering he was the artist that drew one of the biggest and greatest Flash stories, “Blitz” with Geoff Johns during Wally’s Flash tenure.

However the only bad part of this issue when it comes to art was Kolins’ drawing of Batman which was… something else for sure. The double page spread of Wally’s whole time as a superhero was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen and as Kolins’ said to someone I know at a convention is “a page [he] should have drawn ten years ago.”

The Flash #51 review: The life story of Wally West
The Flash #51
Is it good?
A very good issue that could easily have been in a Wally West series, brought down by what's coming next for the character.
Scott Kolins provides some of his best artwork yet.
The two page spread of Wally's superhero tenure is fantastic.
Williamson writes an amazing tribute to the character...
...That's unfortunately bogged down by the knowledge of what comes next for Wally..
9.5
Great

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