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The Flash #80 Review

Death and The Speed Force Part Five

I am…the greatest Flash in the Multiverse

Zoom (Hunter Zolomon)

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Pencils by: Scott Kolins
Colours by: Luis Guerrero
Letters by: Steve Wands
Cover by: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey
Variant Cover by: Howard Porter
Release Date: October 9, 2019

A padding issue in this, Death and The Speed Force run, but one that builds up some momentum in its end story. We are treated to artwork by Scott Kolins, who contributed to several past issues and our usual gang assists. In the last part, Hunter Zolomon killed and kidnapped to absorb the different force powers from their users, now he edges on the Black Flash to face off against him. Barry is confused as to Hunter’s endgame and worries for the kidnapped Steadfast’s wellbeing. Elsewhere Avery and Wally head to Iron Heights in search of Trickster.

Story Summary

In the Speed Lab, Barry is attacked by The Black Flash, who tosses him aside and warns him to stay out of his way as he rampages to destroy the Still Force. Iris consoles Barry, and the two decide to look deeper into Hunter Zolomon. Steadfast is being interrogated by Zoom, who wants the Still Force power placed upon him.

Avery and Wally arrive at Iron Heights and come across the Rogues Gallery, who now don new appearances and yell out to start a new war. The two wonder if they should face them or call for backup.

Iris and Barry break into A.R.G.U.S. to investigate further into Hunter Zolomon’s life. The two come across a pistol used by a former serial killer that Hunter was after during his stint as an F.B.I. Profiler. Barry runs the set of fingerprints on the gun, that was unidentified by police in the years prior, against the Justice League Database to find a match. He gets a hit for the prints – but the identity is left unrevealed.

Hunter begins to beat on Steadfast to take away his Still Force Power, until Barry powers through and pummels Zoom across the backyard. Zoom gets the upper hand by combining the use of the Strength, Sage and Speed Forces to overtake Barry. Steadfast uses the Still Force to freeze the fight, but Zoom uses his power of the Speed Force to break through and take the Still Force powers away from Steadfast. Zoom pushes him aside and drags barry to the Forever Force and beckons out his magnitude of power and edges on the Black Flash to come after him. The Black Flash answers and comes up behind Zoom to strike – until he b-lines and sinks his claws – through Barry.

Writing

Williamson has had high points in this saga, and I can excuse the little progress made this issue. We get knowledge of Zoom, a minor glimpse at the Rogues progress, Zoom showing us the Forever Force and a predictable cliffhanger. A filler issue in an otherwise great saga so far.

Artwork

Kolins has a very distinct style that fits in The Flash’s run, and we get some excellent panels and a double-page spread that gets filled up by Barry and The Black Flash. But also some minor sloppy spots that take us out of the story. But the vibrant colours help out.

Final Thoughts

It is what it is – but I’m still excited to see where this saga leaves us at the end. Williamson has gotten this far and has yet to entirely disappoint – anxious to know if we will lose our collective minds at the end of his run altogether. Till the next issue.

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The Flash #80

$3.99
7.3

Writing

7.5/10

Art

7.0/10

Pros

  • Great Full Page Artwork
  • Forever Force
  • Zoom vs Flash

Cons

  • Filler Issue
  • Slow pace

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