Writer: Jeremy Adams
Art: Brandon Peterson, David Lafuente, Mike Atiyeh, Luis Guerrero, and Steve Wands
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: April 20th, 2021
After a mishap propelled Wally West into the time stream, the former FLASH touched down in the body of his onetime sidekick, Impulse. Now darting through the 30th-century with the Gold Beetle, Wally must unearth what’s prompting the violent eruptions that keep hurling him through time into the bodies of other speedsters. Let’s race into THE FLASH #769 by Jeremy Adams to see what’s causing these disruptions and if Wally can figure out a way to get home.
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BLINK OF AN EYE
It’s back baby! It’s been a long time coming… but THE FLASH is back! Jeremy Adams is doing a fanatic job of making readers forget about all the bad stuff Wally West did while making this adventure super-fun in the process. Furthermore, Adams has managed to take mopey, depressed, “angry at the world” Barry Allen and make him strong, confident, and full of life again. Alongside this mini-team of MISTER TERRIFIC and GREEN ARROW, Adams has provided FLASH fans with an entertaining, light-hearted adventure that finally feels like a FLASH comic.
Adams opens up FLASH #769 by quickly giving readers answers as to why Wally is jumping through time in this rock-solid second installment. The reasoning is… comic book science… but it works. Furthermore, Adams uses this issue to set up future stories that could develop down the line from Wally and the Gold Beetle. And readers, I hope Adams gets the chance to share those stories, even if it’s not in the main FLASH title.
Additionally, Adams uses clever banter to solve this “dominating” problem AND supplies, readers, with subtle humor that adds the perfect touch to this issue. The simple, yet friendly dialogue between the main characters felt authentic, refreshing, and what this series has been missing for years. Heck, Adams even gives fans some humorous background into the FLASH Museum, which merely added that extra layer this series has so desperately needed for so long. I couldn’t be more pleased with these opening two issues. For now, I’m fine with the wildly, witty adventures. It will help move long-time fans away from the recently checkered past of Wally West and Barry Allen while coercing a “soft reboot” of sorts with the FLASH family.
So, the outlines around the characters are still a bit perplexing. However, they’re definitely growing on me after two issues. Why? Well, because the illustrations by Brandon Peterson and David Lafuente are so dang crisp and detailed. The design of the characters is clear and practically three-dimensional/ leaping off the page. Sure, it’s a bit cartoony. Yet, it’s that same cartoony feeling that helps the issue come to life. It’s that atmosphere that’s helping to make the series seem more lighthearted and invigorating. Plus, Mike Atiyeh and Luis Guerrero’s colors are explosive! Like any good color artist, these two make the reader’s eyes move subconsciously across the page and stop at each key component or panel. All around the board, this team did a dynamic job.
Adams is helping Wally West fans forget about HEROES IN CRISIS while ushering in a new status quo for the FLASH family that’s been missing for quite some time. FLASH #769 is fast, fun, friendly, and full of energy. Lafuente, Peterson, Atiyeh, and Guerrero make this issue bright, vibrant, and powerful. New readers will find these first two installments easy to hop in on while old fans will feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready for something finally uplifting for the FLASH family. If you’ve been off the FLASH for a while now, I highly recommend jumping back on board. And, if you’re looking for something new, fun, and exciting that’s easy to read, this could be the comic for you! Pick this up, let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!