The Flash #80 Leads To A Terrible Downfall

by Tony Thornley

Even when you’re the fastest man alive, you can’t save everyone. That’s been the hard truth The Flash has had to face for the past year of his series. Now, he faces the hardest of hard truths- what if one of those lives is one of your greatest enemies?

Cover by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona and Tomeu Morey

Joshua Williamson, Scott Kolins, Luis Guerrero and Steve Wands help Barry face the truth.

Barry and Iris reunite just in time to face their newest threat- Hunter Zolomon. The duo pour through Zolomon’s history, desperate to find a clue as to what he’s doing and prevent the destruction of Still and Strength forces. However, the answers may lead to a more terrible result than either can anticipate.

Williamson’s high quality story continues here. The issue is more of the same, which is to say an extremely well-done, character-centered superhero tale. The highlight is by far the return of Iris West to the story. He shows them as equals, but doesn’t cast aside the disagreement or tension between them. He also takes advantage of each of their backgrounds as they dig into Zolomon, and show both similar and different the couple are simultaneously.

Kolin’s linework is always welcome to see, especially in a story featuring Hunter Zolomon. He shows Zolomon’s maniacal villainy in direct opposition to Barry. Though they’re very similar physically, Zolomon is shown as unhinged, his body moving wildly and jerky, while the POV is skewed and uses unnatural angles to sell the point.

Even better is his depiction of the Black Flash, taking a grotesque monster and pushing it to fearsome extremes. It’s all sharp angles and unnatural proportions, turning him into a horror monster version of Barry Allen, with Guerrero adding his always solid colors to push it even more over the top.

You can’t go wrong picking up this series month after month. It’s one of the most reliable and entertaining continuing series on the stands.

The Flash #80 is available now from DC Comics.

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