Monday, January 30, 2023

The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1 Review



Written by: Jeremy Adams
Art by: Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Jason Paz, Serg Acuña, Lisandro Estherren, George Kambadais
Colors by: Matt Herms, Rebecca Nalty, Patricio Delpeche
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover art by: Serg Acuña
Cover price: $5.99
Release date: January 31, 2023

The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1 presents four chapters across the past, present, and future to explain how the One-Minute War started and where it's (possibly) going.

Is It Good? 

The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1 is fine, I guess. If you're looking for a primer issue to explain the history of the Fraction and what the less-heard-of Flash family members are up to, this is the book for you. However, if you're looking for a grand installment that escalates and elevates the One-Minute War, this isn't it.

The issue breaks down into four chapters. First, we get a detailed explanation of the Fraction, who they are, and what they want. As noted in the review of The Flash #791, the Fraction comes off as one-dimensional, but this issue puts some metaphorical meat on the bone to give the Fraction more depth. It's a little depth as their motivations for conquering other words are based on simple greed, but this issue makes that overly-simplistic motivation more palatable.

The rest of the issue flits between the present and the future to highlight Flash and Flash-adjacent characters introduced during Future State. Oddly, this issue implies the One-Minute War either continues into the future or the Fraction returns sometime in the future. It's unclear which, and it doesn't make sense how future events are tied to the present war.

Again this issue is a good primer for the One-Minute War, but only the Fraction's backstory chapter appears to have any relevance. The rest is fluff and filler.


Each chapter is written by Jeremy Adams but drawn by different artists. Fernando Pasarin's depiction of the Fraction and how they became a dangerous power looks gorgeous, and it's the most vital art delivery in the issue. George Kambadais's weirdly stretchy and misshapen character designs for the Future chapter are oddly offputting, making it the weakest art offering in the book.

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Bits and Pieces:

The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1 delivers a rich backstory for the Fraction and fills in the rest of the oversized issue with filler. If you're interested in reading a comic that provides context for the main villain, this is the one for you. If not, you can skip it.


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