Barry Allen’s entire life has evolved around Eobard Thawne, even when he didn’t know it. The reverse has been true about Thawne as well. It seems that The Flash #757 sets up yet another confrontation between the two that this time could bring that cycle to an end.
The meta commentary is strong here, as the issue directly addresses the cycle of Barry Allen’s life. With the finish line in sight for this creative team, they definitely seem to want to finish strong. It’s exactly what the story needs thanks to Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Hi-Fi, and Steve Wands.
Barry knows he’s out there. He knows he’s plotting, that he’s watching, that he’s ready to destroy him. That naturally has him on edge as patrols Central City. Little does he know that the Legion of Zoom is waiting for him…
This isn’t just another set-up issue. This is a story that’s full of paranoia. It directly addresses the fact that Barry is just trapped in the same fight over and over. It doesn’t give a solution (though it clearly implies that Barry knows that Thawne’s going to have to die, for good this time). It’s probably WIlliamson’s strongest work on the title in the past year, and a good sign for the end of the run.
Sandoval and Tarrgona’s line work is still one of the best things here. Sandoval has a sense of detail that not a lot of line artists use. He’s also evolved his style a bit, making his characters extremely expressive. It’s one of the best looking books in the DC House Style, and I’m always glad to see their work together.
It’s not perfect, but it definitely goes a long way towards recapturing the excitement of the beginning of this run.
The Flash #757 is available now from DC Comics.