Review: The Flash #784 – DC Comics News

Review: The Flash #784 – DC Comics News

Review: The Flash #784 – DC Comics News

Review: THE FLASH #784

Flash #784 - DC Comics News

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Jeremy Adams

Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan

Colors: Jerome Cox

Letters: Rob Leigh

Review by: Derek McNeil

Summary

the flash #784: Looking for Barry Allen! Wally and Wallace have arrived on the planet Pariah has trapped Barry on, but it’s not an entirely happy reunion among the Flashes. The dark crisis the related story continues!

Good points

In The Flash #784, the Flash-Family continues their search and rescue mission for Barry Allen. However, with three possible worlds he could be in, they had to split into teams. The issue opens with Jessie Quick and Max Mercury on a parallel Earth that’s more reminiscent of the Mad Max movies.

What I think is most interesting about this world is how Jessie and Max immediately prove that super-speedsters dramatically outperform standard vehicles – even the outlandish cars and trucks of this Earth. I suspect this world won’t pose much of a challenge to these veteran heroes.

However, Jai and Irey will likely have a challenge ahead of them, as they come face to face with Night-Flash, who appears to be a mix of Batman and The Flash. Presumably, this is Barry of this world. But is he a hero or a villain on this world? In either case, he doesn’t seem well-disposed towards children. I also have to wonder what happened to Jay Garrick, who tried to follow them to this Earth. Did something happen to him? Has it been diverted elsewhere? Or perhaps his arrival on this world is imminent.

But the story’s main thread involves Wally and Wallace, who found Earth-0’s Barry Allen on Pariahs Earth-Flash.1. Wallace suggests an interesting idea that seems logical at first glance. Wallace wonders if they’re on the wrong Earth, and this Barry is actually the one from that world. At first glance, this could just be an Earth representing some version of DC’s Silver Age Flash.

However, Wally notes that this Barry seems older than he was when Wally was the same age as this world’s Wally West. It makes me wonder how much in-universe time has passed since Wally was Kid Flash. 10 years? I suspect Barry isn’t that much older than most noticeable, but Wally knows Barry well enough to notice the small differences that Wallace lacks.

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Positives Continued.

However, rescuing Barry from the world of Pariah proves to be a rather difficult task. First, there’s the underlying issue that Barry doesn’t want to leave. This world is a wish-fulfillment fantasy that gives him everything he wants from life. On top of that, when Wally confronts Barry, Barry sees him as the Reverse-Flash, Eobard Thawne. Presumably, this is an illusion created by Pariah. But it proves effective, because getting Barry to listen when Barry thinks he’s Barry’s greatest enemy seems like an insurmountable task.

Meanwhile, this world begins to try to take hold of Wallace, feeding him a fantasy of its own. He encounters a version of Wally who has retired, leaving the protection of Earth to Wallace, who apparently goes by the hero name Burst. I find it interesting that his costume as Burst appears to be the chrome costume he was shown with during The New 52. When Wallace wore this costume, he was meant to be the reimagined Wally West himself, not his younger cousin. He was not the heir to the role, but a version of the original. I wonder what that says about his desires that the world of Pariah put him in that costume.

We see Wallace settling down at the table, surrounded by a version of the Flash family tailored to his own desires. Amancay Nahuelpan cleverly showed this scene as a mirror image of Barry doing the same in the epilogue of infinite border #6. It’s even down to the smallest detail, like the wall clock showing the same time. The only difference lies in the characters present. But this image is important, because the original shows the exact moment Barry gave the illusion. And that implies that Wallace also caved. Wally may succeed in freeing Barry only to find he must do the same for Wallace.

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I love how Nahuelpan captured the feel of the Silver Age Flash comics in his description of this world. Using Ben-Day dots to simulate the printing method used at that time is a brilliant choice. Nahuelpan’s work on this story arc has been impressive and I look forward to seeing more of his work in the future, whether in this series or elsewhere.

negatives

Jeremy Adams has been writing The Flash for over a year without a single misstep. the flash The #784 does not end this sequence. Although Nahuelpan is new to the series, he is off to a phenomenal start. I can’t even find any minor continuity or technical errors to complain about.

Verdict

the flash #784 is another fantastic number from Jeremy Adams. Although The Flash has always been one of my favorite comics, it became my favorite in the Rebirth and Infinite Frontier eras. And with Adams writing it, he’ll likely hold that spot for the foreseeable future.

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