Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Flash #772 Review

Flash Is Working For The Weekend

Written By: Jeremy Adams
Art By: Will Conrad, Alex Sinclair, Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 20, 2021

After the 2021 Annual of the Flash we had last week, it's a brand new day for our favorite speedster but now that Wally's redeemed himself and we saw what actually happened at the Sanctuary when a bunch of heroes died tragically, it's time for Wally to go home, be a husband, father...... and sadly, an employee because with all that power and all that responsibility, Wally needs a paycheck to match that so let's jump into this issue and see what Wally does now that his family and him are fully back in the continuity and how he tangles with Heatwave. Let's check it out.

We just got down a Quantum Leap/time-traveling adventure that did a lot for Wally West as a character and solidified that not only would the fans accept him as their Flash again for this title, but his contemporaries in the Justice League would as well and now that we've gone through all that heavy lifting to redeem the character, it's time to get back to basic and there's nothing more basic than having to get a job because while Wally West may be the fastest man alive........ dude still has bills to pay. While this is a fun lowkey issue where Wally spends a lot of time trying to figure out where he's going to get a paycheck from, I'm left wondering what the status quo of Wally West currently is, since he was believed to be a murderer and was even locked up in Belle Reve for a time so I'm not sure what the public now about Wally West in this current continuity or if he still has a secret identity but that's just something I hope gets addressed as we go along because in this, we're seeing that Wally can get a decent job with a little help from his friends.

Beyond the mundane acts that we all have to go through, but where here it's still interesting to see how Wally deals with them, we have some set up for future stories with a fiery spear flying through space looking for someone evil enough to claim it and we have Heatwave who's possibly more dangerous here than he's ever been before because this is a Mick Rory who has nothing left to lose and while you don't get a lot of these two elements in this issue of the book, I can't wait to see where Jeremy Adams takes us with these two pieces to our story.

All in all, the art in this issue remains strong throughout, and while some might be bored with giving superheroes the day to day tasks that all of us have to deal with and then having to juggle them with their super-heroics, I've always personally loved that angle, but for the most part, it looks like we've found an angle where Wally won't really have to deal too much with that but I do enjoy a smaller feeling issue that just takes time to build characters up and show us how they're supposed to live in a world where all we normally see is them racing in and saving the day. The human/secret identity element is huge for me and I loved seeing it here, not to mention I can't wait to see Heatwave and Wally's conflict in the next issue.

Bits and Pieces:

After last week's The Flash 2021 Annual, where we saw major revelations for Wally West, it's time to pace things back a little bit this issue and have a smaller, more personal look at Wally and his family and the struggles of having to split your time up between super-heroics and getting a paycheck, but with that aspect, we get some interesting setups, a great cliffhanger, and some great art throughout..... I just wish we could have seen a little more getting a job struggles for Wally.


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