Writer: Jeremy Adams
Art: Amancay Nahuelpan, Jeromy Cox, Rob Leigh, and Taurin Clarke
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 19th, 2022
The voyage to find Barry continues as Wally and Wallace (we believe) have entered the world Pariah has imprisoned Barry on. However, it’s not quite the joyous reunion our FLASHES were hoping for. Let’s race into THE FLASH #784 by Jeremy Adams as the DARK CRISIS tie-in storyline continues!
Can I just say, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen Max Mercury and Jesse Quick in action. And I absolutely loved it! Granted, as much as missed seeing them in action, they were a part of the least appealing subplot within FLASH #784. Now, I’m not saying it was bad, just that Mad Max FLASH wasn’t as interesting nor is a FLASH without his powers. One of the most important aspects of the character is his speed force abilities. Without it, Barry is still interesting enough… but lacks the key component that drives the character. So, a FLASH without speed leaves a little to be desired.
Yet, the next subplot certainly picked up the pace with a FLASH that resembled a mix between a BATMAN with speed force abilities and a DARK MULTIVERSAL, twisted version at the same time. More or less, it’s a fun subplot that will definitely hold your attention more than the first. Plus, it involves Wally’s kids which is always an entertaining romp.
However, the crème de la crème is the last story beat surrounding the two Wally’s. First, the throwback art is fantastic. It’s so incredibly bright and vibrant. Plus, it fits that retro motif and adds a slight element of creepy that trickles on into the subplot as you read it. Moreover, there is an intriguing dynamic that happens in this world that not only creates a unique spice into the narrative but will also cause fans to wonder what the heck is going on as well as what deeper angle is afoot. We know Pariah is somehow involved but is someone else involved too? And if Barry is truly here, why this world?
My focus on this section of the reviewer is simply to highlight this outstanding art team in general for how well they differentiate each world. From the colors to the line technique and design, each world is distinct and showcases the art team’s vigorous talent. Furthermore, it adds to the level of fun and excitement that’s been attached to THE FLASH run since Jeremy Adams took over the title.
THE FLASH #784 was fun, vibrant, and added some intriguing developments that will cause fans to ponder as to what the heck is going on in these alternate worlds. Readers won’t get any new big answers, however, they will see the gist of these next few issues as the Hunt for Barry Allen continues. It appears as though he’s not in any of these three (at least right now) … but… there is still a possibility he could be in one of them. So, keep your eyes peeled on the last universe, which was also the most exciting. I think there is more than meets the eye within that universe.
And even though the two other worlds aren’t as interesting, I still have no doubt the wildly fun and entertaining style that Jeremy Adams has brought to THE FLASH continues in spades. If you’ve been all in on THE FLASH to this point, you’ll absolutely love this installment. And if you’re new to THE FLASH and are interested in testing the waters with this issue, it won’t make a ton of sense contextually. Yet, you’ll leave the comic realizing just how entertaining this series truly is. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!