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The Flash 2021 Annual #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

The lightning-fast and action-packed “Surge” story line races to its conclusion as Wally West returns to the present day with a new perspective on the past and a reinvigorated desire to take back the mantle of the Flash. With one last hurdle to leap, Wally puts the past behind him, but he’ll need to propel himself further and faster than ever before to do it.

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43 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    DC Comics News

    Jeremy Adams has done something remarkable here. He has undone the injustice that Heroes In Crisis had done to Wally West. And he’s done it without just retconning King’s story out of continuity. He has not only redeemed Wally West, but he’s redeemed a problematic story. I fully intend to give Heroes In Crisis a re-read with this in mind, freed from the idea that it’s ruined the character.

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    With this arc down, its a good time to be a Flash fan and for readers looking for a new title, this arc shows why Wally West has become synonymous with this character.

  • 100


    If you haven’t been reading The Flash lately, this annual is a fine place to start. Easily accessible and full of electrifying action, this is a must read for all fans of The Flash and lovers of good superhero stories. I will go so far as to say that this is the best thing DC Comics has published all year and one of the strongest single-issue stories of the decade.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    In a lot of ways, this oversized issue does work very well. It sets up how strong Wally is as a potential Flash and how intense his connection to the Speed Force is. It also gives us some great moments with his family, and lets Roy and Ollie have a final moment together (although the impact there is blunted by the fact that Roy is casually running around in another book this week). But at the same time, it feels very much like a story designed to fill a specific purpose”make it so Wally West will be accepted as the Flash again. It works at that, but you can sort of see the puppet strings even as the show entertains.

  • 85

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Things are looking up for Wally West fans as we finish off our Quantum Leap adventure because damn do we get a book that’s chockful of emotions and characters that feel just right for the screwed-up situation that they’re in. That being said, I would have liked the villain reveal to do something more for the story because by the end the bad guy inclusion didn’t do much for this story or the character in general, and really……… it doesn’t actually matter all that much to me because of how strong the rest of the issue is and how great the art looks throughout.

  • 80


    A massive retcon includes great character moments, and a huge step forward for the lead. The art is solid and leads to some great momentum for the fastest man alive coming out of this storyarc!

  • 80

    Wally West. Kyle Rayner. Conner Hawke. Dick Grayson. These are just several heroes who had the opportunity to take over the mantle of an iconic hero in DC Comics’ lineup of modern gods, with their day-to-day issues adding a bit more relatability to the mantle they held. Wally, in particular, was the first to take up the mask of the Flash following Barry’s death during Crisis On Infinite Earths, going so far as to replace Barry Allen for decades. Now, with the latest annual of The Flash, readers receive both a deconstruction of Wally and the concept of generational-legacy heroes.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    Flash Annual 2021 successfully concludes the triumphant of Wally West to the Flash mantle. It rectifies the sins of the recent past, and at last allows the character to move forward. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss out on this one.

  • 73

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Pasarin and Peterson do great work with the art in the issue. There is a lot of action and the art captures the energy of both the speed force and the characters using it.

  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The Flash 2021 Annual brings a satisfying conclusion and a new starting point for Wally West as the Flash. Plus, it’s nice to have a great art team on an annual. The final pages feel like we as the readers are expected to move on from the baggage of recent years and just once again embrace Wally West as the Flash.

  • 70

    But Why Tho?

    The Flash 2021 Annual #1 ends this arc with an energetic and emotional finale. Adams latches on to an existing tragedy to fuel his own story, with tremendous results. It does not feel like Kings work is being trampled on, simply tributed. Whilst there are a few issues with the art, the fight scenes are phenomenal and the comic is filled with heart.

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