Writer: Jeremy Adams
Art: Kevin Maguire, Howard Porter, Berat Pekmezci, Brian Hitch, Max Raynor, Scott Kolins, Tom Derenick, Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Brandon Peterson, Mike Atiyeh, and Steve Wands
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: June 15th, 2021
Wally West hops through speedsters faster than Scott Bakula can say Quantum Leap in this week’s FLASH #771 by Jeremy Adams. However, why hasn’t it stopped yet? Why does Wally continue to leap through the Omniverse? Is there something wrong with the Speed Force? Let’s race into this issue with one final stop on Wally’s Magical Mystery Tour before he’s permitted to go home. However, will this journey break Wally forever or return him to his glory days? Let’s find out!
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MY TINY SOAPBOX
Don’t let the cover mislead you. The Sanctuary doesn’t “really” make an appearance in this issue. However, FLASH #771 culminates on that reference point making this reviewer so incredibly jazzed for the next issue. Let me explain. You see, HEROES IN CRISIS ruined Wally West at the expense of incorporating a Mental Health Facility within the DC COMIC universe. Now, I’m not by any means saying a Mental Health Facility isn’t needed or required. I understand and appreciate their importance. That said, Wally’s character was destroyed for this Sanctuary to barely be referenced ever again. To deconstruct a vital DC COMICS character to push a care facility never really mentioned again is utterly ludicrous. My hope: the FLASH annual arriving in two weeks rewrites Tom King’s gigantic mistake.
As for this issue of the FLASH, readers will get explanation, guidance, and killer clever undertones that have this reviewer locked in on what Jeremy Adams is doing. His LEGION OF DOOM is hilarious and the art team is what ultimately elevates that section of the issue to amazing levels. The classic 70s rendering mixed with Lex Luthor, the Riddler, and Reverse Flash’s witty banter is what propelled this issue to one, if not the best DC COMICS title this week. Match that with guest appearances through the Omniverse and FLASH fans will have one memorable issue to add to their collection.
Plus, if that wasn’t enough, Wally has a heart-to-heart with his daughter that solidifies the future of the character and almost guarantees a foundational redirection for the character moving forward. Adams even hints at some future storylines that he wants to tell down the road and makes the FLASH book feel important again. However, as this issue of the FLASH forms to a close, readers see Adams realizing what needs to be done to fix the character. And with that said, as much as no one wants to rehash HEROES IN CRISIS, I’m totally down with spending an issue there if Adams has found a way to retcon the heck out of that series.
FLASH #771 is a blast. Granted, the Quantum Leap premise is becoming a bit stale. Nevertheless, I have a feeling that once Wally comes to terms with what happened at Sanctuary and rewrites the events that happened, the Speed Force will be fixed and usher him back to his normal timeline with everything repaired. It’s the choking hazard the Speed Force, (as well as comic fans) have needed the Heimlich Maneuver to repair for quite some time now.
The art was fabulous and timeless with its rendering. Plus, the writing was humorous and witty. Furthermore, the story is engaging and wildly entertaining. It’s the FLASH series I’ve wanted for years AND it looks like it’s going to fix some mistakes in the process. What more could you ask for in a comic? This issue is a perfect example of a creative team hitting on all cylinders. Pick this up, add the FLASH to your pull list, and let me know what you think. Adams and his team are on fire! Fans, please don’t wait to grab this issue. Have a great week and God bless!