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‘The Flash #88’ (review)

Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Howard Porter
Published by DC Comics


Howard Porter is back drawing this title and all is right in the world.

I love Porter’s take on the Flash and this is an excellent issue to have him back!  A new villain had emerged! The villain’s name is Paradox. And he is about to give Barry Allen a run for his money.

The whole story of this book is basically Paradox’s origin.

The first page is a picture of the Flash running. Then we get to go back in time a few years. We get to see a professor named Chris talking with his family. We also get to see that he is experimenting at his place. Just what is going on here?

He tried working with the experiment that he has created, but if backfires on him.

It takes him back and forth in time. This causes all sorts of chaos quickly. Chris has a bunch of consequences happen to him. He eventually even encounters his family again but this time they think of him as a monster.

It is all pretty heartbreaking.

All of this leads to a harrowing ending where we learn what Paradox’s ultimate plan is. It is pretty much a doozy. This whole issue is basically a lead up to the big Flash issue #750 coming next. It pretty obviously feels that way reading this issue.

Which makes it a tad disappointing. This issue is such a quick read. I wanted more. Williamson just uses this issue to set things up. The art, however, is spectacular. I am looking forward to seeing what this all leads to!




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