Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Flash #773 Review

The Heat Is On

Written By: Jeremy Adams
Art By: Will Conrad, Alex Sinclair, Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 17, 2021

Let's go visit our fastest man alive and see what he's up to now that he's got a new job and has to balance that workload with family and being The Flash. Previously we saw that things might heat up when Heatwave got some bad news about his health and decided to burn the hospital down for the information. Let's jump into this issue and see if Wally West can calm Mick Rory down and figure out why he's decided that the world can burn once again. Let's check it out.

In this issue, we have a story that while it has Wally dealing with the perils of being late for his first day of work, where it seems that everyone has to have some kind of a jerk in the workplace, and also having to deal with Heatwave's fiery frenzy, this issue is kind of..... not exactly boring, but more so tame in that the action isn't something that really feels like it's all that entertaining and while usually, that's a bit of criticism, I think the idea that the action doesn't exactly thrill, yet this issue still comes off as enjoyable is a testament to how much I enjoy Wally West as the Flash and how much I'm enjoying Jeremy Adams writing him because for this issue we mostly see Wally trying to talk things out with Mick and get to the root of why he's decided to go back to a life of crime and fire.

Ultimately, you get the best of all possible aspects of Wally here as he sets himself into place with being not only the Flash but alive again with a family and a job, and in these aspects, you get to see that while the balancing act is hard, Wally constantly tries to keep a positive outlook and you understand why Wally West has such fanbase as he does and why most consider him to be the best Flash there is....... me included. So while this issue won't "wow" anyone with a plot that changes everything or shows balls to the wall action and life-changing tragedy, what you get instead is a day in the life of the Flash that while slower than you'd want a Flash book to be, really gave you a good look at what the new status quo for Flash is going to be moving forward.

All in all, I loved the art in this issue and the way that Wally West was depicted, even if Mick Rory's outrage over his cancer diagnosis just become a way for Wally to show us what kind of a good guy he is in how he dealt with Heatwave overall. I still enjoyed this issue and it leads into what we dealt with in Mick being a part of the Suicide Squad in the last issue of Swamp Thing, which while the timing isn't exactly perfect, the continuity works, and I love me some continuity. The different dynamics of Wally was appreciated here in how we saw him react to people at work, as The Flash and even as a father and husband was great and I hope that we can see this kind of storytelling more often because it felt like a breath of fresh air for this series.

Bits and Pieces:

While the action in this book seemed to be standard Flash fair that was pretty basic, it feels like that was never the focus of this issue and because of that, I didn't mind it overall because that led to us seeing the kind of Flash that Wally is and the heart of this issue is what really matters and the heart shined through for me and with that, I really enjoyed the art in this issue as well.


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