I’m honestly not sure about the solicit/description for this issue. It’s genuinely misleading, which I guess is good? But I’m not sure why they did it. It could have been vague and not misleading at all. This makes me very curious about how misleading the coming solicits for the issues for “Flash War” are. However, this is not a bad thing! I was very concerned with this issue’s description but Joshua Williamson made me genuinely surprised at how great this issue is — it’s on the same level as the annual. Christian Duce comes in this issue with fantastic art and the colors by Luis Guerrero make it even better.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
“PERFECT STORM” epilogue! After Wally’s fateful decision, Iris’ health begins to deteriorate at an alarming rate. Barry and the Flash family work at lightning speed to try and find a solution, but tensions between Wally and Barry cause Iris’ condition to continue to worsen!
Tell me about it!
I like this issue a lot purely because it’s starting to rebuild Wally and The Flash from a pre-Flashpoint perspective. It straight up shows some pre-Flashpoint Wally memories. From his accident to being Kid Flash to the New Teen Titans, from his wedding to Linda to his fight with Plunder in Johns’ run. It also shows off something else that makes me so so so happy: Bart Allen aka Impulse aka Kid Flash II aka The fourth Flash, Barry’s grandson from the future. This makes me very hopeful that Flash War is going to work in a Superman Reborn capacity of bringing in pre-Flashpoint to the character and putting the character’s history back in place. The Flash Annual brought in these very hopeful feelings originally and this issue is making them even more.
The fact that the summary is wrong makes me happy in a way that it was misleading as giving up the fact that Wally was going to get his memories back from Iris, who already knew somehow better than him causing her to fall into a terrible condition due to the shock of getting all her memories back. A small fact that’s interesting is that the only thing that happens post-Blitz that’s shown is potentially Bart Kid Flash in the bottom left; everything else is prior to Blitz which means he likely doesn’t remember Hunter becoming Zoom and everything to do with his kids.
The Flash #45’s second half is as great as the annual, with brilliant art by Christian Duce and colors by Luis Guerrero. The first half is pretty good too, but it serves mostly as setup for the future and a wrap-up of the previous arc.