Review: ‘The Flash’ #87 Is A Portrait Of Two Lifelong Rivals

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona & Hi-Fi

You can learn much about a man from his enemies. That’s especially true of Barry Allen, who has arguably the greatest gallery of enemies in all of comics. The Flash #87 puts him face to face with the greatest of them all, in a quiet confrontation unlike most.

Joshua Williamson, Christian Duce, Luis Guerrero and Steve Wands end one chapter of the Flash’s story and begin the next…

His powers out of control, Barry finds himself sharing a prison transport with Leonard Snart, the man who just conquered his city. While his friends and allies do their best to find a cure for his condition, he has the time to verbally spar with his greatest foe. But will it matter, with another great battle right on the Flash’s horizon?

Williamson is a very good writer. However, his Flash arcs have unfortunately become predictable with a strong opening but a climax that amounts to a slugfest. This epilogue issue, with the verbal confrontation between Barry and Snart, is a fantastic change of pace that did a lot to restore my faith in this book. It highlights Williamson’s strength with character-based writing and world building.

Duce has grown from an unknown to a strong part of the rotating art team on the series. He has a great eye for very expressive character work as well as dynamic action. He’s also able to help switch tones very quickly, as the story covers a lot of ground after Barry and Snart’s confrontation. Guerrero’s color art is just as expressive as the line art, setting the scene and the mood of the story as it progresses up to the horrific final moment of the issue.

Barry just traded one battle for another, and if this issue is any indication, it’ll be a hell of a ride.

The Flash #87 is available now from DC Comics.

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