Review: ‘The Flash’ #750 Celebrates The Scarlet Speedster’s History

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Howard Porter & Hi-Fi Color

Eighty years ago, The Flash debuted, creating one of the greatest legends in comics history. The Flash #750 celebrates the history DC Comics’ Scarlet Speedster, one of the greatest superheroes in comics. 

This anniversary issue includes stories from all across the Flash’s history, as well as many of the heroes that have worn the mantle. The Flash has never had a celebration like this before.

The entire issue celebrates the Flash in vastly different ways. Williamson, Sandoval and Segovia show the hero’s effect on the residents of Central City. Johns and Kolins revisit Wally West’s reign as the speedster through his enemies. Manapul and Buccellato explore what could have been. Wolfman and Rossmo celebrate the Silver Age. Williamson and Marquez visit the Golden Age. 

The stories were all enjoyable, however it doesn’t really feel like a celebration in the same way Action Comics #1000 or Detective Comics #1000 did. The Flash is more of a legacy character than any other character in the DC Universe. However, we barely get to see Wallace West, Bart Allen doesn’t put in an actual appearance outside of a pin-up, and there’s really no mention of the far future (such as John Fox or Eobard Thawne).

It’s still worth picking up though. The stories are a lot of fun. The art is great, and the varied styles keeps it enjoyable. It’s a fun read, even if it doesn’t live fully up to the expectations of the celebration.

The anniversary is celebrated by Joshua Williamson, Geoff Johns, Marv Wolfman, Frances Manapul, Brian Buccellato, Scott Lobdell, Rafa Sandoval, Stephen Segovia, Jordi Tarragona, Riley Rossmo, Scott Kolins, David Marquez, Brett Booth, Arif Prianto, Ivan Plascencia, Michael Atiyeh, Alejandro Sanchez, Luis Guerrero, Steve Wands, Deron Bennett, Rob Leigh, Josh Reed, and Troy Peteri. The issue also includes pin-ups by Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, Doc Shaner, Mike McKone, Mitch Gerads, Dale Eaglesham, Khary Randolph, and Peter Steigerwald.

The Flash #750 is available now from DC Comics.

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