Barry Allen has a complicated life as The Flash, especially given all the time travel he’s gone through. It gets even more complicated in the latest issue, out today.
I keep noticing DC Comics is releasing well-timed books for a shortened week after a month-long drought of no new comics. What makes a comic book well timed in this not-so-normal pandemic period? Comics that are relatively easy to pick up without reading previous issues while also drawing your interest for the next chapter. The Flash #753 is a good example of this with a major focus on the “many deaths of Eobard Thawne”, as the first caption reads, when you crack the book open. Find out who this villain is in a tightly written issue that ends on a shocking cliffhanger.
Josh Williamson and Howard Porter continue their excellent run on the tumultuous backstory of Barry Allen in a time travel-heavy issue. If you don’t know, Thawne is also known as Reverse Flash, one of Flash’s greatest villains. This book weaves in Barry’s current time-traveling exploits quite well with a reminder of who the big bad villain is (it’s not Thawne!) while reminding us why Thawne is a villain probably better off dead.
It might sound wacky, but it all comes together and makes sense thanks to the cosmic treadmill getting some heavy use as Flash attempts to make sense of things across time and space. Williamson has done a good job adding some confusion to Barry’s adventure further making his stance wobbly at best, which is always good with a superhero usually in control of things like Flash.
The Flash #753 is all about frenzied fun action
The action in the book is quite good and if you like superhero books with fight scenes, you’ll dig this. Howard Porter and Brandon Peterson gel well with scene changes occurring so frequently it’s easy to miss the artist switches. Porter draws one hell of a Reverse-Flash vs. Barry Allen battle near the end evokes classic confrontations between the two. The colors pop with lots of good electrical effects to remind us these powers are extraordinary.
One page, in particular, stands out with a 9-panel grid as Barry stands outside a home powerless. The body language is fantastic and key close-ups hammer home the emotion barely being contained by the character. It’s a key moment that builds towards the final confrontation and helps add emotional weight to a scene when it could have easily been uninteresting punching and running.
At the end of the day, this issue is a reminder specific heroes can go on unique adventures when done right. Porter, Peterson, and Williamson transport you in the middle of a time travel adventure that connects well to Barry Allen’s past as well as deep emotions only a superhero could control. As many of us hunger for new comics with most publishers holding off till later this month, this is a fun superhero story with frenzied action to tide you over.
The Flash #753 can be found in select comic book shops working with DC, or on ComiXology today.
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