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The Flash #796

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

It’s the final moments of the One-Minute War! Cornered by the evil Admiral Vel, the Flash family is on the edge of defeat, but some surprising allies give the speedsters one last chance to change the outcome of the war once and for all!

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Print Length
27 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

    Reading the final chapter of One Minute War did absolutely nothing to make me think DC isn’t making a terrible mistake moving Jeremy Adams off the book. He’s been immeasurably consistent as a writer who truly loved Wally West and his expanded supporting cast in a way that was obvious in every issue. Adams has a few more issues left in his run, but the work he did in this issue was masterful in firmly making things right for Wally West continuing the lengthy rehabilitation the character needed following Heroes in Crisis. (…) It doesn’t hurt the issue at all to have semi-regular artist Fernando Pasarin contribute more than a pair of pages this issue either. Pasarin is joined by OMW main contributor Roger Cruz and George Kambadais. Kambadais’ style is highly exaggerated and doesn’t quite fit the big event arc look that’s ideal for the finale. Cruz’ art is also less detailed, but he’s largely defined this series and it wouldn’t have been right for him to not contribute to the finale.

    The color work by Luis Guerrero, Matt Herms and Pete Pantazis is spectacular continually providing a warm, inviting palette that fits beautifully with this story.

    Adams’ Flash run gets its big signature story arc and it ends on a very emotional note with a pair of characters getting an overdue quality moment together. This could have been the farewell issue of Adams’ run, but it’s satisfying to know he’s not done yet making these memorable Flash moments.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    The Flash #796 ends the One-Minute War with a fantastic finale. The new concept is clunky and odd within the context of everything else included in the book, but the last battle itself and the action of the issue as a whole are magnificent. And by the end of the story, the classic energy and hopeful feeling of classic Flash books have returned.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    The grand finale of One-Minute War and the last major arc of Jeremy Adams’ acclaimed run is here, and it absolutely delivers with a few small quibbles. The main one being—three artists on one issue! This is sort of papered over by the fact that the story takes place in different timelines, with the future segments looking a bit different. However, any art quibbles are more than made up for by how strong the story is. (…) The Fraction is kind of a blank slate as a villain, being incredibly imposing and fearsome while not having much characterization. The Admiral, the closest thing this story had to a main villain, is kind of overshadowed by the more colorful Miss Murder. However, the final showdown between Wally and the Admiral delivers some great moments—and I was really surprised that the Empress didn’t play a bigger direct role. Maybe the true conclusion of this story is still to come in #800? The real heart of this is in the interaction between the Flash family members, including a huge development for one member. The ending also has a seeming farewell for two members of the family as they head off possibly to a new adventure—but I’m not sure about writing out one of those characters. I think at some points this story struggled with just how much it had to juggle, but it had all the strengths of Adams’ run and has left the entire franchise in a stronger place.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 86

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The Flash #796 brings all the pieces together, reasonably wraps up this One-Minute War, stops the bad guy logically, makes Wally officially not a killer anymore, and does so with Adams’ usual manner of fun and excitement. Even though illustrations were still a bit of a struggle in some parts, Kambadais and Pasarin add a noticeable difference in their respective spots to jazz up the issue just enough to get this reviewer to forget about Cruz’s sections.

    Overall, the One-Minute War wasn’t awful. However, it still wasn’t my favorite issue or arc of Adams’ Flash run today. Sadly, Adams’ time is coming closer and closer to an end. I would love to see him hang in there for a bit longer. Nevertheless, we still get to read Adams on other titles. And as we all know, all good things must come to an end.

  • 83

    Major Spoilers

    As a fan of ’90s DC, the epilogue that reunites Impulse and Max Mercury for a new adventure is itself worth the price of admission, but The Flash #796 gives The One-Minute War a satisfying conclusion, even with some artistic wobbles and a few too many characters in play. No matter what happens next, though, this arc will be memorable as the one that saved every single victim of Heroes In Crisis, so it’s doing the work of the angels.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    There’s no doubting that “One Minute War” lives up to its name. It feels like it has passed by in a breeze. In many ways the creative team has managed to elicit a similar response from the reader to that of the characters involved in the story. Now is our chance to catch our breath after a heart wrenching few issues.

    Through a huge amount of exposition, Adams and co. are able to keep The Flash running on track through an epic conclusion to the “One Minute War” arc.

  • 80

    Graham Crackers Comics

    And in the final chapter of the One-Minute War storyline, not only is Jeremy Adams able to wrap everything up but actually makes sense of it all. From the onset, I haven’t been a big fan of this story. And with the cliffhanger at the end of the last issue, I thought we were going to go into some very unwelcome territory. But luckily, Adams big picture sorted a lot of bad ideas from the past out. And while it does end on the cliche of resetting history so the events never happened, it still works. And getting to revisit the most touching moment of the story in the Epilogue made my day. And with Roger Cruz, George Kambadals, and Fernando Pasarin on pencil duty, there is a little something for everyone’s favorite art styles. Congradulations Gentlemen, I didn’t think you were going to work this one out. Color me impressed.

  • 77

    Comic Watch

    The Flash #796 concludes The One-Minute-War in a mostly satisfying way, although the several pencilers, inkers, and colorists makes for an uneven read. Some of the plotlines end in a contrived manner, but overall everything concludes in a neat fashion.

  • 75

    Weird Science DC Comics

    The Flash #796 is an almost strong finish to an event that started weakly and got better as it progressed. The tone, dialog, and action hit all the right notes for what Flash Family fans could want, but the cobbled-together art from too many artists with too-different styles is off-putting.

  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    One way or another, it all gets resolved. The sinister-looking villain does what sinister-looking villains do. The cool-looking hero does what the cool-looking hero does. Theres a combat. Theres a resolution. Things have shifted a bit by the end of the issue, but that much is to be expected when things move as quickly as they do in a story like the One-Minute War.

  • 70

    This finale, and “One-Minute War” as a whole, remains a quality entry in not only Adams’ run with the Scarlet Speedster but the entirety of Flash’s stories in DC Comics. Everything related to the Flash characters themselves and their interactions is pitch-perfect, as the creative team is able to weave some great story beats throughout. While the final moments might not have as many long-lasting implications as readers might hope, there’s simply too much heart here to ignore. “The One-Minute War” isn’t a perfect story, but it’s an incredibly good one all the same.

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