The Flash really pissed off Reverse Flash and now he’s calling on all of Barry Allen’s worst villains to kick his butt. Well, instead of butts being kicked, it’ll likely be necks being broken if The Flash #756 has anything to say about it. In “Legion of Zoom” part one, the trap begins to set and Barry realizes he made a huge mistake.
Plotting wise this issue feels like it comes in three parts. The first part recaps how we got here and what Barry is most afraid of, the second sets in motion a new case for Barry to solve, and the last part sets up the supervillain attack of the century. In hindsight it works well, although while reading I was losing my interest up until Barry realized a truth, which excitedly sets off the excellent final eight pages of the book.
This is a good jumping on point revealing Flash’s worry as Reverse-Flash is loose (and also alive after Barry killed him a handful of issues ago) and plotting against Barry. This sets Barry off as he’s super stressed and worried, which is reflected well as his Flash family are totally calm about it all. Seriously, Barry, how many times does Reverse-Flash have to endanger your friends before you realize it’ll all work out?
The meatier portion of the book involves a new case Barry is on, which ties directly to the loss of his own mother. Once again, writer Josh Williamson proves he’s incredibly well versed in Flash history and much of this narrative feels right at home. The last eight pages are action-heavy, yet there isn’t any Flash fighting to speak of. That’s thanks to the big reveals, which play out well in surprising ways even if you see it coming. This all comes together in a resoundingly poignant final page as Barry also comes to the realization of what Reverse-Flash’s plan was all along.
The art by Rafa Sandoval, inks by Jordi Tarragona, and colors by Hi-Fi are all excellent. Those last eight pages are some of the best renditions of the supervillains I’ve ever seen. There’s an amazing Flash costume change that you don’t want to miss, and the final page is also quite pretty with how it frames the panels.
This book feels like the ultimate final showdown for the Flash and that’s exciting on multiple levels. The issue starts off a bit slow, but once it kicks into gear you’ll be dying for the next issue. You can pick up a copy today.
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