REVIEW: ‘The Flash,’ Issue #74

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Flash #74 Cover

With San Diego Comic-Con only eight days away, we’re closer to finding out more information about the sixth season of The Flash tv show. While you wait for the announcements, you can see more of Barry Allen in The Flash #74, which hits shelves this week. The comic 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 Flash #73, Barry is on the brink of death as tries to get a bullet out of his body while trying to keep his identity hidden from Iris. Later in the issue, Barry goes to visit The Turtle in prison to find out more about him after he becomes more concerned about the future. However, things take a turn for the worse when the future Turtle travels to the past along with future Barry. The Turtle plans to final get rid of The Flash for good.

This issue immediately picks up where the story left off. The Turtle has made his grand entrance with future Barry Allen as his prisoner. Turtle plans to put an end to The Flash in this current time in order to make sure his plans are successful. However, Barry’s still figuring out his powers and still believes that he’s completely unprepared to deal with something like this. Realizing that he’s Central City’s only hope, Barry attempts to muster enough confidence in order to save the future. This is Barry Allen’s toughest challenge yet, but he’s not willing to lose without putting up a fight.

The Flash #74 Page
From The Flash #74 – Joshua Williamson (Writer), Howard Porter (Artist), (Steve Wands (Letterer), and Hi-Color (Colorist).

I’ve been reading Flash comics for quite a few years now, but this has been by far one of the greatest issues of The Flash that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. There are numerous reasons that made this quite a memorable issue. For one, Porter’s artwork throughout the entire issue is beyond superb. The way the fight scenes are drawn not only embody what superhero fights look like, but for a longtime fan like myself, it was incredible to see Barry taking down bad guys. I felt like a little kid reading Flash comics for the first time and seeing just how phenomenal the Scarlet Speedster could truly be.

Williamson’s writing throughout the entire series has quite captivating, but this issue in particular stands out from the rest. The opening monologue not only summarizes what’s been happening throughout the “Year One” arc, but it gives readers a glimpse into Barry’s state of mind as he’s seeing The Turtle and his forces invade Central City.

Williamson is able to depict Barry’s self doubt in ways that haven’t really been done before. For instance, there’s a particular section in the comic where out of desperation, Barry looks to his future self for advice. He quickly realizes that his future self won’t be much help, which causes Barry to run away. This is the moment where Barry sees first hand that the life of a hero isn’t something that gets easier with time.

There’s one particular moment in the issue that solidifies my explanation as to why this is one of the best Flash comics I’ve read in a long time. Barry has a conversation with his future self about what’s happened in hopes of coming up with a plan to stop The Turtle. Without getting into specifics, one of the main aspects of their conversation revolves around their mother.

Even after everything that Barry has gone through, he still holds all of the lessons that his mother taught him. The emotion that Williamson’s dialogue and Porter’s artwork bring to that scene is the heart of soul of who Barry Allen is. The focus on his mother’s beliefs was a heart-warming and fantastic demonstration that Barry isn’t a hero just because wanting fame. This is why he will always be my favorite super hero.

I did not expect to be taken on an emotional wild ride, but the entire creative team once again delivers a fantastic issue. Things have quickly begun to spiral out of control but Barry is determined to do everything he can to make sure the future of Central City is safe from The Turtle’s reign.

The Flash #74 finds a way to balance emotion, fight scenes, and moments of doubt in such a unique way that hasn’t been done in a long time. The ending perfectly sets up what will surely be an eventful conclusion to this incredible arc. It’s a bittersweet moment knowing that the next issue will be the conclusion of the “Year One” arc. But I for one am very grateful to have read each installment in the arc as it progressed.

The Flash #74 is available for purchase now wherever comic books are sold.

'The Flash,' Issue #74
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TL;DR

The Flash #74 finds a way to balance emotion, fight scenes, and moments of doubt in such a unique way that hasn’t been done in a long time. The ending perfectly sets up what will surely be an eventful conclusion to this incredible arc. It’s a bittersweet moment knowing that the next issue will be the conclusion of the “Year One” arc.