“The One-Minute War,” part two!
The heroes are split after the alien speedsters known as the Fraction smashed into Central City, and must attempt to fend off attacks while trying to formulate a plan.
But there’s no time for the heroes to take a breather, as besides the speedsters, Miss Murder is also hunting the team-and she has speed hounds…
But Why Tho?The Flash #791 is a heartbreaking sign of intent. The One-Minute War very much gives depth and weight to a comic that has been light for a while.
Geek DadThis story seems to be bringing the entire Flash family together, including reunions we weren’t expecting like Max Mercury and Bart Allen finally meeting again for the first time in well over a decade. It feels like a celebration of the Flash family after so long of DC seeming to want to pare down legacies and families. But while there are some surprisingly wholesome and emotional moments here, it never lets us forget that the stakes are sky-high. The Fraction only appears in a few pages this issue, but we learn a little more about their motivations. They serve a mysterious empress, and while their mission on Earth seems to be one of conquest and harvesting, the priorities change once they discover the speedsters—who they refer to as “Conduits.” The introduction of a new villain in the final page is sort of spoiled by the cover, a common issue, but this story is doing a great job with its unique concept of a war taking place in super-speed.
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Speed ForceThis arc is beating even the high expectations I had coming in. I’m geeking out with Jay, Max, and Jesse showing up (along with all the other greats). And, this story is truly worthy of all the speedsters being together, in a threat they only they have a chance to defeat. This is another 9/10 for me. Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!
AIPTThe strength of the Flash family is the key element that sets the "One-Minute War" apart from other superhero invasion stories. Adams captures the unique nature of every character while playing up the love and kindness they share for each other. It's an all-out war on Earth and the Flash family with great ensemble writing, making for addictive reading.
ComicBook.comThe "One Minute War" continues and with it, some serious emotion is injected into the Flash family as Barry, Wally, and the rest of the speedsters potentially say goodbye to one of their own. This remains an ingenious storyline for the Flash, taking all other heroes off the table sans those who have super speed at their disposal. While the final page of the issue is a little eye-roll-inducing, with a villain that I can only describe as an antagonistic swiss army knife of tropes, it's another solid entry for the Scarlet Speedster overall.
Get Your Comic On“The One Minute War” continues in this all-out escalation of the already dire situation. Heartbreaking and suspenseful, Adams and his team aren’t pulling any punches when it comes to this latest apocalyptic Speedster event.
The Comicbook DispatchFlash #791 certainly clears up more of the motive, connects some past story beats that were actually set up for this One-Minute War, lays more groundwork for the event, and introduces a new villain to the fold. However, the emotional moments, some uncharacteristic dialogue from Barry, and time wasted on catching up with fans on the status quo mixed with the cartoonish illustrations in the more dramatic scenes took away from so many key moments. The One-Minute War feels flat, with little excitement, and surface-level character connections with everyone other than Wally and his family. This event needs more substance fast before it loses too much steam. Hopefully, the Flash: One-Minute War Special #1 can add some spice, interest, and pizzazz to this event that just feels like it’s missing the same fun and excitement that Adams has been used to delivering since he’s taken over the title.
Comic WatchThe second part to The One-Minute war is another fun issue of set up; however, it is still plagued by the same art issues as the first part. Jeremy Adams is setting up a to here and we can only hope that there’s a substantial payoff for all of his effort.
Weird Science DC ComicsThe Flash #791 is a better-than-average DC comic that delivers plenty of action and revelations. However, the art doesn't sell the drama the script calls for, and the villains are increasingly one-dimensional.
Lyles Movie FilesTwo chapters in and One Minute War still isn’t resonating. The Fraction has been an uninspiring invasion force and Cruz’s ill-fitting style with the dramatic nature of the story hasn’t made for a captivating arc so far. Adams still has time to turn this around, but as of yet it hasn’t measured up to the incredibly high standards of Adams’ previous arcs.