Title: The Flash (2016-) #46
Words: Joshua Williamson
Art: Scott Kolins
Publication Date: May 9, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “THE ROAD TO FLASH WAR!” Wally West is overwhelmed by fragments from his past! With his protégé’s psyche falling apart, Barry Allen races around the DCU calling in every favor possible to save his shattered family. Meanwhile, Hunter Zolomon’s sinister machinations tip over the first domino in what might prove to be the end of everything for The Flash!
Off in the not-so-distant future looms the impending Flash War; this event will surely shake the foundation of the DCU, but, after reading this issue, I’m not nearly as excited about the event as I was prior to reading The Flash #46.
While there is nothing terribly wrong with this issue, there isn’t much going for it either. Joshua Williamson’s writing, from panel to panel, is, as always, solid and polished, but this issue just wasn’t that exciting. And look, I realize that. from time to time, some issues are going to be less exciting than others as some issues have more work to do than others, but this issue just wasn’t enjoyable. I’m pleased with what’s happening with Wally and am looking forward to seeing how things eventually do, or don’t, work out for him.
Here, Scott Kolins’ artwork just didn’t work for me. I think that his more open and almost cartoon-like style of illustrations really detracted from the script and the severity of the situations at hand. After seeing this book’s cover, I expected some visual intensity, but the art that I found in this book was anything but intense.
The Bottom Line:
The Flash War looms in the not-so-distant future, and while I’m eager to see how this event will affect the DCU, I can’t say that this issue does much by generating excitement. At this point, what’s happening with Wally West is working well, but that’s about it.