As any super-speedster worth their salt will tell you, time can move pretty slow for the incredibly fast.
So what happens when an entire armada of conquering speedster aliens shows up on Earth’s doorstep?
The most intense battle the Earth has ever waged in the span of 60 seconds begins!
But Why Tho?The Flash #790 is an excellent example of an opening gambit. The atmosphere is constructed beautifully, shifting in tone from the previous issues of the series and again mid-issue. The suspense is huge and the art is terrific, with a final page that proves that Adams is not willing to mess around.
Geek DadSo far, Adams’ run has been low-key in terms of the threats Wally faced, and that changes in a huge way here. In fact, the way the issue ends not only threatens one character’s life, but the entire future of the Flash family. I imagine there will be some sort of deus ex machina soon enough, but it’s a testament to how good this story is that it doesn’t matter at all. This is a phenomenal start to an event.
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First Comics NewsThis series sets up a new arc called “The One-Minute War” which is sure to turn The Flash’s world upside down. The alien race called The Fraction arrives on earth and every speedster in the DC Universe gets the shock of their lives when the world suddenly comes to a stop so because of that, The Fraction has declared war on earth. For the most part, this issue is a slow-burn as its main purpose is to check in on Wally West and his supporting cast before everything goes haywire but I have to give it up to Jeremy Adams as he slowly builds up the tension similar to the beginning of “Independence Day” and really builds up the arc so that the readers know what will be in store for them and Roger Cruz’s art is extremely zestful and makes him the perfect artist for his particular storyline. This opening arc definitely made an impact on the characters, particularly Barry Allen (**NO SPOILERS**) and with that, it’s going to be an off-the-wall, no holds barred battle between The Flash and The Friction….and just think, it will only last one minute!
Speed ForceJeremy Adams keep upping the ante, topping himself with each issue. “The One Minute War” looks to be a fantastic arc, and this first issue is a 9/10 for me.
AIPTThe Flash #790 sets in motion an event that'll require a ton of Flash-centric heroes to band together, and this first issue establishes them all well. The attack by the enemy is epic, and while we know very little at this point, it's made very clear the Flash family is facing off against a threat that'll require all of their efforts to stop.
ComicBook.comThe "One Minute War" is an absolutely ingenious idea, not just in showing why the speedsters of the DCU are different from their fellow heroes, but also, how they function as a family. Adams continues his rock solid run on the West family while he is joined by artist Roger Cruz for this new chapter as the Scarlest Speedsters and their fellow fast runners face a threat that also moves at hyper-speed, making them the last and only defense. It's an interesting premise with a compelling preliminary issue and I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.
Weird Science DC ComicsThe Flash #790 is a solid kickoff story that brings up readers up to speed (*heh*) on all the Flash-related characters just in time for a massive alien invasion. The stakes are huge, the alien threat is immediately overwhelming, and the art looks great. That said, this issue is mostly a setup issue to establish who's who and what's what, so current Flash readers won't get much out of this issue until the last few pages.
Lyles Movie FilesWriter Jeremy Adams brings in all the viable speedsters from Max Mercury, Jessie Quick and Impulse beyond the regular cast. Artist Roger Cruz (with inks from Matt Banning and Wellington Dias) tends to draw the characters much younger than they’re typically portrayed. Barry looks the same age as Wally and Impulse and Kid Flash appear to be in the same high school. (...) The cliffhanger is a little frustrating because it feels like The Flash characters always have these major tragedies just when things are looking up. Adams has more than earned the benefit of the doubt, so I’ll let it play out, but One Minute War doesn’t get off to the strongest start for a major arc.
Get Your Comic OnThe latest arc kicks off in blockbuster style with a story that involves the entire Flash-family. An epic, large-scale story is met with dynamic, cinematic artwork.
The Comicbook DispatchThe jury is still out on Flash #790 and this One Minute War. There just isn’t much to go on a quick rundown of the cast and crew. Mix the lack of background, motive, and character explanations with this new more cartoonish style of art and readers will get a story that just doesn’t feel like Adams or look like what we’ve seen to date. Moreover, it just didn’t seem to have the same entertaining, easy-going tone that I’m used to experiencing from the Adams’ Flash run. And hence, the jury is still out on this One Minute War. That said, even though I’m not sold on Flash #790, I’m still tuning into this One Minute War to see how this thing shakes out. Past practice dictates Adams deserves that.
Comic WatchThe beginning of the One Minute War is here and outside of questionable art choices and a lot of setup, this looks to be another enjoyable Flash arc that serves as a great jumping on point for new readers.
Women Write About Comics - WWACI’m giving this one a conditional grade. The grade won’t go up, but it may go down. I was excited for “One Minute War”, and for most of the issue I was very intrigued and interested in what happens next. But all my goodwill for this event evaporated on the last page of the issue. It’s 2023, can we please leave fridging of love interests back in 2022? Iris deserves better, and if she isn’t miraculously brought back during the event, I will change my grade for this book and every book in the event to an “F”. This was thoroughly disappointing.