The Flash, Vol. 8
The Fastest Man Alive continues his monumental run in The Flash Vol. 8: Flash War!One of the biggest Flash adventures starts here, with a special story starring the classic Wally West, who's conflicted over whether to let Iris West know he is alive--and he'll need the help of the Flash to figure out what to do! But when Magenta, Wally's old love, needs his help, the Flash returns home to Keystone City, where he is confronted with violent memories of an unknown world. It's a major turning point for the Flash family!Join Wally West, Barry Allen and other DC Universe characters as they join together for the ultimate race against time. Writer Joshua Williamson (Justice League vs. Suicide Squad) continues his smash-hit run on the Fastest Man Alive with The Flash Vol. 8: Flash War! Collects The Flash #46-51 and a story from Annual #1.

The Flash, Vol. 8 Details

TitleThe Flash, Vol. 8
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 18th, 2018
PublisherDC Comics
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Comic Book

The Flash, Vol. 8 Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    This volume really highlights what I don't like about this Flash run. Both Barry and Wally are both shown to be petty and selfish. Neither of them are really heroes at all in this. That's been my problem with Barry Allan with in general as part of the New 52. He constantly does whatever he wants without thinking about the consequences. Wally West is my Flash after reading those fantastic Mark Waid and Geoff Johns runs in the 90's. The way he grows from a selfish screw-up into a noble hero that u This volume really highlights what I don't like about this Flash run. Both Barry and Wally are both shown to be petty and selfish. Neither of them are really heroes at all in this. That's been my problem with Barry Allan with in general as part of the New 52. He constantly does whatever he wants without thinking about the consequences. Wally West is my Flash after reading those fantastic Mark Waid and Geoff Johns runs in the 90's. The way he grows from a selfish screw-up into a noble hero that ultimately surpasses Barry Allen is fantastic. None of that is on display here. Yes, Williamson may reference some of that run, but he can't seem to grasp Wally's character at all. And then there's Wallace West who seems to be bipolar, with his love/hate relationship with Barry. His last scene in this story was especially dumb. The book ties in with what Scott Snyder is doing over in Justice League and I can say I'm not a fan. These other forces are unnecessary and just silly.Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned
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  • Aldo Haegemans
    January 1, 1970
    3,5/5
  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    Illogical and simply poorly written.World: The art I’m sorry to say is fugly, it’s scratchy, the colors are flat and there are no personalities coming out from the art, the tone and feel of the art is 80s budget. The world building is also spotty at best and illogical and stupid at worst. It’s in bits and pieces that come up and enter the story and then leave, add to that the crazy timey wimey science bullshit that does’nt even have rules. I know Flash books are crazy, I like crazy but there nee Illogical and simply poorly written.World: The art I’m sorry to say is fugly, it’s scratchy, the colors are flat and there are no personalities coming out from the art, the tone and feel of the art is 80s budget. The world building is also spotty at best and illogical and stupid at worst. It’s in bits and pieces that come up and enter the story and then leave, add to that the crazy timey wimey science bullshit that does’nt even have rules. I know Flash books are crazy, I like crazy but there needs to be at least some internal logic and the story and the world being consistent with that, but it’s not here. Things happen becasue the story needs it to and that is shitty world building and writing. I’m not even go into the pieces that were brought into play in this war, and the new characters that were introduced which make me really happy but at the same time with this writer, I know it’s gonna be bad and unearned.Story: A mess of a story that makes little sense and follows no rules. I hate it when books need to create conflict and drama through contrived ways. Much like what Marvel did with Carol Danvers in Civil War II, making her so out of character from her stand alone book that it ended breaking the story. This is the case with Flash War, the contrived conflict between Barry and Wally and the ideas of family and change and all that good family stuff. Yet it’s done poorly here cause the dialog is terrible, the drama is contrived and Wally and Barry don’t act like they should. These characters that Williamson has created (I’ll get into it more below) are just bad characters. Then there’s the story of the conflict and the motivation and the crazy science involved with the new forces that suddenly get sprung to us instead being a good writer and hinting at them and allow it to be a thing until boom it’s upon us. Nope, all these unheard of forces suddenly appear and we have info dumps from Zoom to explain it to us and even then it’s making little sense. With Snyder and what’s he’s been doing with the Titans and the Forces of the universe and then the emotional spectrum and the Red and Green and Mold and all the other Swamp Thing powers and the magic, adding another mythical power right now is just going to muddy the waters and this writer does not know how to do a good job at that. Yeah this story is a mess and further evidence that Williamson can’t write characters and Barry and Wally are characters with heart cause the book is about heart.Characters: Wow these characters are terrible. It’s like Williamson has mind wiped all the DC characters in the Flash universe and is doing whateve the fuck he wants with them with no respect for what each character at their core is. The entire idea behind Flash War is predicated on the dumb conceit of hw Barry and Wally react to the ‘drama’ created by the twins. It’s absolutely ridiculous how they react and how this entire story plays out cause nothing that they do in this entire arc and even in the recent runs since Rebirth is heroic at all. Barry and Wally are heart characters for the DC and what Williamson has done with these characters is make them unreliable, impulsive, selfish, entitled characters. Add to that the janky young Wally West and his bipolar swings in moods all the time makes for really bad reading. These characters are rubbish.I hate this event, and I really am loathing this run now, nothing of it I feel should be part of canon from this run, it’s just badly written.Onward to the next book!*read individual issues*
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  • Georgie
    January 1, 1970
    In one corner we have KSI... sorry I meant WALLY WEST and In the other corner we have LOGAN PAUL... god what’s wrong with me sorry BARRY ALLEN THE FLASH.basically Wally’s getting his memories back but is also having seizures so Hunter Zolomon takes advantage and tricks Wally into thinking he wants to help Wally get his family back but instead hunter just wants Wally to ray to go into the speed force causing Barry to chase after Wally then breaking the force barrier releasing new forces such as t In one corner we have KSI... sorry I meant WALLY WEST and In the other corner we have LOGAN PAUL... god what’s wrong with me sorry BARRY ALLEN THE FLASH.basically Wally’s getting his memories back but is also having seizures so Hunter Zolomon takes advantage and tricks Wally into thinking he wants to help Wally get his family back but instead hunter just wants Wally to ray to go into the speed force causing Barry to chase after Wally then breaking the force barrier releasing new forces such as the sage force, the still force and the strength force. Barry and Wally duel and find out what hunters plan was all along. If you watched the good place season one this might ring some bells. In the end hunter wins. Also commander cold (dude from the future) goes back in time to arrest iris but is stuck in the 21st century because when Wally and Barry were chasing hunter in hyper time the hypertime broke so time travel was also broken so commander cold is stuck in the past. Also the cliffhanger at the end with Bart Allen is amazing.Honestly while reading this I came to love Howard porters art because previous flash artists not including carmine di giandomenico were really bad and Howard is really good in this. I also really liked the justice league issue but I felt like they could’ve done more with it.Overall great book
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  • Diego López Ocón
    January 1, 1970
    This thing had it's bigs ups and downs, sadly, they couldn't truly get all the potential that a Wally West rebirth story could get. Lots of throwbacks to the past (the pre-Flashpoint Flash family) but it just isn't enough to throw a lot of nostalgia to get a great story. So far, nobody has been able to get him right, not Titans and not even The Flash. Now we just have to wait to see what happens in Heroes in Crisis.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]In the far-flung future, Hunter Zolomon plots the demise of not one but two Flashes, and his scheme sends the Renegades, the law-abiding, future dwelling versions of the Rogues, into the past with one goal – capture Iris West for the murder of Eobard Thawne! As if dealing with one life-shattering problem was bad enough, Hunter also reveals the fate of his children to Wally West, with a tantalizing promise – if he runs fast enough to break the Speed Force, Jai and Irey can [Read as single issues]In the far-flung future, Hunter Zolomon plots the demise of not one but two Flashes, and his scheme sends the Renegades, the law-abiding, future dwelling versions of the Rogues, into the past with one goal – capture Iris West for the murder of Eobard Thawne! As if dealing with one life-shattering problem was bad enough, Hunter also reveals the fate of his children to Wally West, with a tantalizing promise – if he runs fast enough to break the Speed Force, Jai and Irey can live again. But Barry doesn’t trust Zoom, and isn’t willing to risk the Speed Force, even for Wally’s kids, so when two Flashes collide, a Flash War erupts!Most of DC’s longest running Rebirth series have hit fifty issues by now, and almost all of them have had big events take place to mark the occasion, like Batman’s wedding for example, but considering the Flash is just coming out of Perfect Storm, which was basically the culmination of everything since the beginning of the run, you’d think we might slow down a bit. You’d be wrong though, because slow is not something the Flash does easily, so we get the cataclysmic Flash War arc instead.This is another one of those storylines that manages to be driven at its core by character drama, with the superheroics almost incidental to the plot. With Barry and Wally metaphorically at each other’s throats, the Flash War is a war of ideals that writer Joshua Williamson manages to make convincing even when it’s clear who’s on the right side – Wally’s children are in the balance, and even though he’s obviously being duped by Zoom (which he really should realise) being blinded by fatherly obligation is a good enough motivation to keep the animosity between he and Barry from falling into the unbelievable, especially in this comic climate where companies (naming no Marvel names) like to throw heroes at each other for almost no reason at all sometimes.Even though anyone can enjoy this arc, this is definitely a story for long-time Flash fans – the references to past continuity are rife, from the obvious like Wally’s kids to the little nods in the Flash Museum of the future and Zoom’s throwaway comments. If you’ve been missing the things that made Wally West a great character in the 90s, then Flash War may not give them back to you exactly, but it does remind you that DC haven’t forgotten about them, and that they’re on the horizon even if they’re not quite here just yet. And of course, there’s the end of issue 50 which brings back a fan favourite character who has been missing for far too long, but I’ll say no more because if you don’t know yet, I’m not going to spoil the surprise.The prelude and epilogue issues are pencilled by Scott Kolins, who is a name basically synonymous with the Flash after his lengthy runs with Geoff Johns previously, while the prelude from Flash Annual #1 and the main four Flash War issues (including the super-sized issue 50) are pencilled by Howard Porter, who I think is literally a machine at this point given how much detail he packs into each panel while still keeping the action flowing and the issues churning out on time.Flash’s last two story arcs have been something else. Flash War is high octane action with a heart made of Flash history that will please longtime readers of the Rebirth era and even further back. The artwork is by industry legends (and Flash mainstays, in Kolin’s case) and Williamson is making a strong case for standing alongside Geoff Johns and Mark Waid as an essential Flash writer.
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  • Aidanmark30
    January 1, 1970
    This had a rocky beginning, but it was so good! The book is about: Hunter Zolomon convinced Wally West that he could save his kids if he broke the speed force barrier. When they ran so fast and broke the speed force barrier it released all these new forces. Such as the Saga force, the Strength force and the Still force. When Wally West released his temporal energy to stop Zoom it stopped time travel. I wasn't planning on giving this book 5 stars but the race was amazing. It was so intense and em This had a rocky beginning, but it was so good! The book is about: Hunter Zolomon convinced Wally West that he could save his kids if he broke the speed force barrier. When they ran so fast and broke the speed force barrier it released all these new forces. Such as the Saga force, the Strength force and the Still force. When Wally West released his temporal energy to stop Zoom it stopped time travel. I wasn't planning on giving this book 5 stars but the race was amazing. It was so intense and emotional. I loved all the talks, Barry gave to Wally. The race was really written so well. I also loved Howard Porter’s drawings. My flaws were: that Wallace West was bratty and it got annoying. I think they didn't give him anything to do. They should have used him more. Also at the end, it kinda felt dragged. Overall great book! I rate it 4.7/10. Consider buying this.
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    This volume was excellent. It told such a great story, and the artwork was incredible too. The Flash has been one of my favourite heroes for a few years, and the reverse flash storylines have always intrigued me. In short, this was a joy to read.
  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    The Flash Vol 8: Flash War describes the human feelings driving some of the Flash Family to despair.The holiday season is when you get together with your family and remember those who were taken too soon. The Flash Family is no different. Wally has the holiday blues and is missing his family especially his twin children, Jai and Irey. Hunter Zolomon, aka Zoom, exploits Wally’s feeling to his own ends. Like most, or at least my, family gatherings, the relatives begin to squabble. However, if you’ The Flash Vol 8: Flash War describes the human feelings driving some of the Flash Family to despair.The holiday season is when you get together with your family and remember those who were taken too soon. The Flash Family is no different. Wally has the holiday blues and is missing his family especially his twin children, Jai and Irey. Hunter Zolomon, aka Zoom, exploits Wally’s feeling to his own ends. Like most, or at least my, family gatherings, the relatives begin to squabble. However, if you’re a superhero, that leads to a Flash War.There isn’t much action in The Flash Vol 8: Flash War. It is solely about feelings and emotions. While I like the change of pace, I missed an obvious villain like Gorilla Grodd. However, the art is as bright and clear as always. This volume does set up some interesting things for the next volume, Heroes in Crisis. 4 stars!Thanks to DC Comics and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Alan
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know if any of the reasons I chose to read this story arc are good ones, but here they are:I wanted to see how much of a mess they had made of the Wally West character with of the various re-boots, retcons, etc. of the past few years.I wanted to see how this was going to lead into DC's upcoming event seriesWhat the hell is a Flash War?It's not a great read, but Williamson trys really hard to straighten out Wally's life. Its a shame, but even after this I quote, in part James Robinson who I don't know if any of the reasons I chose to read this story arc are good ones, but here they are:I wanted to see how much of a mess they had made of the Wally West character with of the various re-boots, retcons, etc. of the past few years.I wanted to see how this was going to lead into DC's upcoming event seriesWhat the hell is a Flash War?It's not a great read, but Williamson trys really hard to straighten out Wally's life. Its a shame, but even after this I quote, in part James Robinson whom I saw at a panel years ago talking about Hawkman , the character is now "radioactive". I'll avoid spoilers, but let's say everything Geoff Johns, Mike Baron and William Messner-Loebs did to really develop Wally's characters is gone.As to the war part, yes there is a three way conflict between Barry Allen, Wally and Wallace West. A Reverse Flash, or sorts, figures into things as trying to be a grand chess master type, but it didn't really work for me. Neither did the time travel hi jinks.I would recommend this for those who might want some sort of closure when it comes to the Wally West character, based off of what I read about the upcoming DC event series. You may, or may not, feel better, with the attempt to clean up the characterization and continuity.
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  • Chris W
    January 1, 1970
    For the most part , it has a good premise but didn't hit the mark until the end. It got too convoluted and bogged down with time travel and sci-fi mumbo jumbo when it should have slowed down and focused on the characters. Wally West had literally lost his entire life: his wife, kids, legacy, friends and family (Jay Garrick, Max Mercury, Impulse) and still isn't done justice in this Rebirth phase. It's a shame because if they had slowed down, showed the damage, really take more time to highlight For the most part , it has a good premise but didn't hit the mark until the end. It got too convoluted and bogged down with time travel and sci-fi mumbo jumbo when it should have slowed down and focused on the characters. Wally West had literally lost his entire life: his wife, kids, legacy, friends and family (Jay Garrick, Max Mercury, Impulse) and still isn't done justice in this Rebirth phase. It's a shame because if they had slowed down, showed the damage, really take more time to highlight how much has gone because of Barry it would have made the Flash War more emotionally powerful. It could have been a real brawl between Wally and Barry , a flash civil war showing how his idol is extremely flawed and how his selfish,impulsive actions caused so much pain for so many characters. Zoom and the futures rogues felt like extra and were not done justice either. 3.5 stars for some of the art and the idea. Just really wish the execution was better because it good have been one of the best DC collections in years and a provocative statement but it missed the finish ljne
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  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of The Flash Vol. 8 in exchange for a fair and honest review. Wow is there a lot that happens in this volume! Okay, I know. I really shouldn’t be surprised by that, considering it’s the Flash and all. But still! I’m always impressed by how much they’re able to fit into just a few issues. This is one of those volumes you want to read if you’re looking to see multiple Flash characters as well as other DC characters all interacting with one another. Personally, these are my fav I received a copy of The Flash Vol. 8 in exchange for a fair and honest review. Wow is there a lot that happens in this volume! Okay, I know. I really shouldn’t be surprised by that, considering it’s the Flash and all. But still! I’m always impressed by how much they’re able to fit into just a few issues. This is one of those volumes you want to read if you’re looking to see multiple Flash characters as well as other DC characters all interacting with one another. Personally, these are my favorite plots. I love watching the different teams interact and problem solve.The rest of my review to follow closer to release date
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  • Lukasz
    January 1, 1970
    Zoom plots against Barry and Wally, who’s just escaped the Speed Force. Williamson has plenty of good ideas and he continues to surprise the reader. That said, I can see a casual reader or Flash occasional reader scratching head while trying to understand flashbacks and back stories. I’m not thrilled, but I like the direction in which Flash evolves under Williamson and his creative team.ARC through NetGalley.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    One and a half stars for an inanely convoluted advert for the Flash wiki page. Nobody else will be able to follow this dross. It livens up at times when it becomes clear it's a sequel to all the Flashpoint nonsense (for which, of course, seeing how great that publisher-wide reboot was, we're eternally ungrateful), and yes it seems to make a major change to some aspect of the whole DC universe, but it does it in a way that will make absolutely zero people care.
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  • Greg
    January 1, 1970
    Nice illustrations, art and story woven into one. This would be the 2nd time this year that I am reviewing a graphic novel. While it is a deviation from my to read list, reading graphic novel is one way for me to add variety to my readings.This book is about Barry Allen and Wally West, whose misunderstanding resulted to cataclysmic changes in the multiverse.
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  • Robert Jones
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit, this is the first Flash comic I have read so far. I absolutely love it, the suspense and anticipation, you would never expect the big reveal. With Barry Allen and Wally west racing to save time, who knows what will happen? All I know is time is running out. The author did an amazing job designing the comics and writing out the story. I can not wait to read more of his work.
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  • Hugo Cheung
    January 1, 1970
    Book's awesome. Talked about the conflict between the two Flashes so well and also their relationship with the Reverse Flashes. It also had great impact on the DC universe, bringing the different forces. Epic-Cool.
  • শুভঙ্কর শুভ
    January 1, 1970
    চমৎকার হইছে এটা।
  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    What I wouldn't give for the Flash to be good again... I'm only giving this two stars because it was nice to see Howard Porter and Scott Kolins drawing the Flash again.
  • Anie
    January 1, 1970
    Received from NetGalleyI LOVE superheroes, movies or comic books. :) My favorite one from DC is Flash, he is fun and has amazing powers. :I enjoyed reading The Flash, the storyline is complex, there are future and present intertwining, cool villains and a lot of action. The artwork is amazing. :) Just perfect!
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  • Jessica Woods
    January 1, 1970
    The Flash Vol.8 finds Zoom plotting against Barry and Wally. Wally is struggling after escaping the speed force and trying to recover memories. Time travel and suffering the effects of the Flash point, the Flashes take off and race as each tries to do what he thinks is necessary. The art looks like a throwback to 80's or 90's graphics. The story is fast paced and action-packed with a guest appearances from the Justice League for a page turning good time. My voluntary, unbiased review is based up The Flash Vol.8 finds Zoom plotting against Barry and Wally. Wally is struggling after escaping the speed force and trying to recover memories. Time travel and suffering the effects of the Flash point, the Flashes take off and race as each tries to do what he thinks is necessary. The art looks like a throwback to 80's or 90's graphics. The story is fast paced and action-packed with a guest appearances from the Justice League for a page turning good time. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
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