With The Flash TV show still being on summer break, fans can still see more of the Scarlet Speedster in this month’s comic issue. The Flash #72 is published by DC Comics, written by Joshua Williamson, illustrated by Howard Porter, with colors by Hi-Fi Color, and letters by Steve Wands. In the previous issue, Barry Allen accidentally traveled to the future and saw Central City under the control of The Turtle. With help from his future self, Barry manages to travel back to his own time while also getting some important advice. Once he returns to the present, Barry runs into his first major supervillain, which happens to be The Turtle.
This issue picks up moments before the start of their fight. Barry, having just returned from the future, fully believes that if he’s able to stop The Turtle in the present, then the future that he just saw will never happen. However, Barry is completely new to fighting. Even before his powers, he never really knew how to fight. The Turtle quickly proves himself to be a worthy adversary and more than a match for The Flash. But Barry has the spirit of a hero and will stop at nothing to defeat The Turtle.
One of the great aspects of this comic is the focus that it puts on this being Barry’s first fight. I’m glad that this wasn’t something that was merely glossed over. It does a phenomenal job demonstrating what sort of hero The Flash is and what he stands for.
Charging into battle without any real plan or being inexperienced would normally be a bad idea, but Barry doesn’t seem to care. This selflessness and determination to save others is the reason I fell in love with his character. Williamson continues to capture the essence of what makes Barry a hero.
Another major aspect included in this comic that stands out is Barry’s attempt at living a normal life even after having powers. He goes into full detail on how “for the first time in as long as I can remember, I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Not only has Barry come to terms with his powers, but they’ve helped him live to be the best version of himself. He doesn’t appear to be using his speed for any personal gain. It’s a way for him to fully balance his life and not give into dark thoughts from his past.
The creative team has delivered yet another phenomenal chapter to this Year One story arc. Barry found the necessary confidence to face off against his first major villain. He’s also able to spend time with those he cares for and balance his life. But the way this issue ended will surely make Barry realize that not everything about being a hero is simple. It’ll be interesting to see both what sort of lessons Barry learns from this and what sort of difficulties will arise from the introduction of another major Flash rouge.
The Flash #72 is available now wherever comic books are sold.
'The Flash,' #72
The creative team has delivered yet another phenomenal chapter to this Year One story arc. Barry found the necessary confidence to face off against his first major villain. He’s also able to spend time with those he cares for and balance his life