“The Flash” #50 Breaks Free (Review)

Apr 20, 2016

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The_Flash_Vol_4-50_Cover-1_TeaserThe Flash #50
DC Comics

Written by: Van Jensen
Art by: Jesus Merino & Paul Pelletier
Color by: Guy Major & Pete Pantazis

It’s hard to be a hero. The Flash has saved Central City countless times, but the CCPD and Captain Frye have had enough of meta-humans and The Scarlet Speedster. In an attempt to rid the city of The Flash, Captain Frye and a mysterious benefactor hire our hero’s greatest Rogues to bring him down. So what happens when the Flash gets locked up? You get blazing action, heartfelt heroism and a reveal that will have every DC comics fan coming back for more.

The Flash #50 is an extremely fast paced story that sees our hero doing all he can to once again save Central City and its citizens. Van Jensen packs a ton of Scarlet Speedster spectacle in this issue and it’s wonderful. While it is no doubt fun, The Flash #50 does feel a bit rushed as Jensen backs himself into a bit of a corner by having Barry arrested and has to use a convenient plot device to get him out. It made for some great action Flash05and more heroic moments for Barry but I did make a noticeable sigh when I reached that panel. Jensen does throw in multiple plot lines, a plethora of villains, and some convenient cameos but The Flash #50 remains an exciting adventure that shows us why Barry Allen is the hero we all deserve.

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If Van Jensen’s story isn’t high paced enough for you, the art of The Flash #50 will have you feeling the speed force. Jesus Merion & Paul Pelletier please the eyes with pencils that fly of the page and panels filled to the brim with detail and Easter eggs. Guy Major & Pete Pantazis highlight this fantastic pencil work with bright and bountiful colors making it hard to turn away.

The Flash #50 flies by and despite finding the “easy way out”, Jensen and crew give us an action packed 50th issue worthy of the Scarlet Speeder. The Flash #50 will show readers why Barry Allen’s The Flash is the unrelenting hero you can’t help but love.

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