Writer: Jeremy Adams
Art: Serg Acuna, Tom Derenick, Matt Herms, Peter Pantazis, Dave Sharpe, and Taurin Clarke
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: April 18th, 2023
It’s a super-speed misadventure in babysitting as Kid Flash watches Jai and Irey, the Flash’s children! When a sleepover goes awry, Ace has to bring back the twins, Maxine, and a few new friends from across time and space as The Flash #797 by Jeremy Adams continues!
So, even with the reference to the Flash 2022 Annual as a starting point, I still had a difficult time placing the Flash #797. Two specific guest stars pop up in the issue that just don’t seem to fit the timeline of the story to me… unless I’m missing something. Nevertheless, I absolutely love the two guest stars and loved their ongoing at the time. However, they’ve both reasonably aged up these past couple of years which is where the confusion about the timing of the issue comes into play.
Now, I feel Adams does his best at reasonably describing the situation, the placement, and why these two special guests are involved. The premise appears to be a stone that is almost like a wishing stone. However, it basically takes whatever anyone says and… does it! Therefore, I think it’s pulling people from alternate timelines, throughout space, and even time itself. If that’s the premise, then the Flash #797 makes a bit more sense. Nonetheless, I wonder about the choice by Adams for the special guests, especially with the progression of both characters within the past two years.
In terms of the feeling of the issue, the Flash #797 took the book back to Adams’ bread and butter. It was a fun story, lighthearted, easy to digest, and a quick escape with small elements of humor tucked inside. Additionally, I also loved the villains that graced Flash fans with their presence. However, other than the names, we get very little from most of this new group of alternate: future Rogues. Sure, the issue was lighthearted and that’s a plus, however, that premise mixed with a fast-paced story alleviated any knowledge or background from this creative, eclectic group of villains.
The Flash #797 is a weird story to follow Adams’ One-Minute War. It’s not a follow-up nor does it take place around the event. So, it just seems weird for Adams to focus on Ace and the twins as his last little story arc of the series. Moreover, as I stated above, the time placement mixed with the characters made the plot a bit more confusing than it needed to be. However, the Flash #797 takes Adams back to his roots with this book making it fun and exciting again. The lighthearted nature of the comic mixed with the subtle humor from Adams provides a strong showing for one of (if not the) last arcs of his run. If you’re a Flash fan, I recommend giving it a shot! Just remember, the focus of this issue isn’t on Barry or Wally but on Ace and the kids instead. If you’re interested in Adams’ run, click right HERE for back issues and trades! Otherwise, let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!