Flash #81

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Scott Kolins Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 23, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 18
7.7Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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"The Hunter and the Hunted" part two! This is one issue you cannot miss! The last gasp of the Speed Force! Can Barry Allen and Hunter Zolomon work together long enough to beat death and save the Speed Force? Can Kid Flash and Avery, the Flash of China, discover what the Rogues want within the wreckage of Iron Heights? Even if the Flash survives, nothing will ever be the same again for the Flash family!

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 23, 2019

    This was a very strong conclusion to this arc and with The Rogue on deck next Williamson doesnt seem close to running out of ideas and exciting stories for this title. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 3, 2019

    Once again Williamson has provided a great story, setting the Flash and his friends for a truly epic conflict with the Rogues. Also, I love Scott Kolins artwork. His style really suits the world of the Flash and brings Williamson's story to life. The Flash #34 is proof that The Flash is back on track as one of DC's finest titles. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 26, 2019

    This book is completely awesome. The story is tops. The art is great and it it so damn emotional overall that I just loved it. I can't say enough about it. It really is that good. Even better, it seems like we have a lot more fun in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 23, 2019

    This is how you build a run to what's likely to be an epic conclusion in the coming year " unless Williamson is having too much fun to leave after 100. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Robyn Montgomery Oct 23, 2019

    A great story, fantastic art that calls back to earlier moments in Flash history, and a potentially controversial story element make this issue can't miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Oct 23, 2019

    Scott Kolins offers some great visual moments in this issue. Everything in the Speed Force looks fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Oct 23, 2019

    The Rogues are still written in character here, albeit with a vastly different appearance thanks to Lex's "gift", but it could have been weaved into the story a bit stronger when all was said and done. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 28, 2019

    From one massive crisis to another, so is the life of the Flash, but this one makes for an explosive setup for what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer Nov 13, 2019

    This issue gave us a nice bow on top of the final Zoom package and FINALLY CONCLUDES the force powers storyline. It went on for WAY too long, but the story has made sudden leaps and bounds ahead. Im excited for the Flash once again. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Nov 1, 2019

    Though not a very satisfying conclusion to "Death and the Speed Force,"Flash #81 does succeed at moving the over-arching story forward and presents several intriguing cliffhangers that will leave readers impatient for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Oct 24, 2019

    The Flash rushes through a story arc with so much potential to get ready for the Year of the Villain. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Oct 23, 2019

    Flash manages to have so much going on and yet also makes the reader feel as though none of it matters. This issue feels like it has been more preoccupied with setting up the Rogue storyline that is yet to come rather than finish the storyline we have been dealing with for the past few months. It is a huge disservice to this book and this is a lazy issue. Perhaps inner workings of the universe is to blame for the sorry state of this issue but regardless of the reason, this issue is bad. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Spacey Medicine Nov 2, 2019

    I wish the Black Flash would come for me.

  • 10
    cincyfan Apr 24, 2020

    Wow I loved this what a amazing story! I give this book a solid 10/10

  • 9.0
    Fastest Archer Alive Oct 23, 2019

    Exciting stuff. Barry and Hunter face an unstoppable threat, and something’s gotta give. Unexpectedly emotional turn at the end that was a really nice surprise. So much is going on with all of the Flash family and you can tell Williamson is a hardcore fan of previous Flash runs. Even as one threat ends it just leads right into another one. Looks like Barry isn’t gonna have time to stop for a breather. Williamson is an absolute machine on The Flash

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Oct 26, 2019

    " This what flashes do, right ? Sacrifice themselves to save the day ? "
    - ZOOM

  • 8.0

    I like how this one actually revealed a lot of full line information.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Oct 26, 2019

    "I believe"

    Great issue. Awesome showdown with the Black Flash, surprisingly Kolins' art worked here, and the stuff with Zolomon was really satisfying.

    But damn, continuity with the Year of the Villain is completely out of whack here. How can Flash be here, since he was in space when Perpetua gained full power? Unless what Steadfast had was a vision of the future and not of the present.

    Frankly, I don't care much about this sort of thing when I get a good story. And both Flash and Justice League have some good story arcs right now, so I can live with a little inconsistency.

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Oct 26, 2019

    Good stuff, I really wonder if this is actually it for the Zoom, or will it have some repercussions in the future.

  • 7.5
    M1sf1r3 Nov 30, 2019

    Williamson has a lot to prove this issue. Bringing in another Force and it's the conclusion to Death of the Speed Force.

    The Good:
    This is Hunter's issue and it shows. Ultimately he's the hero and the twists are based on him or his actions.

    That said I do like these twists in the issue though their impact may be small due to the nature of comics.

    The Bad:
    Avery and Wally are barely in this. Everything that has happened with them in this entire arc has been about one issue's worth.

    Continuity is a bit of a problem but all of these main Justice Leaguers books have that fault, so since that's editorial I should just ignore that.

    A passable issue. Ko more

  • 6.5
    waltgator93 Oct 23, 2019

    Has quite a bit of continuity errors. Art itself about 7/10. That doom symbol is doing more harm then good by showing up in the books. But with the story we are presented by, actually exciting to see what’s to come both with the Rogues and with what went down with Eobard. The result of Hunter felt forced. With all of its faults, would recommend this book, only for what is to come.

  • 4.5
    YourGreenMuse Oct 27, 2019


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    Lock Nov 22, 2019

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    sebastianorellana95 Oct 28, 2019

  • 8.5
    Nickweiser Oct 23, 2019

  • 8.0
    Maker Oct 25, 2019

  • 8.0
    Dorival Oct 31, 2019

  • 7.5
    Watchtower022 Oct 27, 2019

  • 7.5
    Radar Oct 29, 2019

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