Writer: Jeremy Adams
Art: Amancay Nahuelpan, Jeromy Cox, Peter Pantazis, AW’s Justin Leech, and Taurin Clarke
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 20th, 2022
Wally West is tired and has been sprinting endlessly even before the loss of the Justice League. However, after he extrapolated what he had to do in order to release Barry and keep Wallace from plunging into Pariah’s secret agendas, readers begin to realize that the Flash is long overdue for a chat with his wife Linda, especially after the most recent news from the annual! Let’s dive into The Flash #786 by Jeremy Adams as we discover what lies ahead for Linda, Wally, and the kids.
As the Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths continues, Jeremy Adams gives Flash fans another tie-in that places the entire Flash family on a collision course protecting our heroes around the globe. Now, before diving too deep into this review, let me say that as tie-ins go, The Flash #786 isn’t necessary. Additionally, as The Flash series itself goes, this issue could certainly be skipped minus a couple lines from Klarion the Witch Boy. Yup, you read that correctly… Klarion the Witch Boy.
Ultimately, what fans get is a wildly cute story with Wally, his kids, and Linda racing around the globe saving the day and cracking some jokes along the way. Furthermore, Adams uses this as an opportunity to work with a wide variety of heroes and villains he may never see or use again. However, I also appreciated him using this canvas to make his past stories feel important. He makes reference to Irey’s bestie, comes across Animal Man, and even shows us the kidnapper again. I absolutely love when a writer continues to spiral back and remember past stories while simultaneously moving forward in the future.
But again, as entertaining as The Flash #786 was, the problem still remains as to whether or not it’s required reading. Realistically, it adds little substance to the main storyline or the Dark Crisis Event. And when a book lacks significance to the overall plot, theme, or story, it most certainly deflates the importance of the comic causing fans to question the purchase. Yet on the other side of the coin, sometimes a story can just be fun, inviting, and entertaining simply as a release from everyday life for a bit. And that’s The Flash #786.
What hit this reviewer the most in this week’s Flash installment was the insanely bright and colorful renderings. Moreover, I loved the speed lines and color design attached to them. Almost every action shot was drawn well with lines and angles that emphasized the movement, action, and sequencing masterfully. Additionally, the coloring was so crisp and tight making The Flash #786 come to life. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this creative team since they’ve hopped on board and hope they stick around to really showcase what they can do.
The family fun and zany efforts of the West family continue as The Flash #786 races through another Dark Crisis tie-in. Guest stars clutter this issue providing an array of moments that showcase Adams’ willingness to do the work, research characters, create authentic, creative stories, and mesmerize audiences with wit and charm. Sure, The Flash #786 may not be “required” reading but the Adams imprint was all over this installment.
My only true, and biggest real concern is that I feel like we’ve been floating in this empty story void for months now where Adams hasn’t really had the chance to continue “his” story or add weight to his ideas. Fun and cute can only get you so far. Now, I want to see what Adams can do by building on that same charm he’s captured and ushering in a new, powerful era with the entire West family. I have a feeling he’s the right guy for the job! Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!