Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The Flash #778 Review

Making A Connection

Written By: Jeremy Adams
Art By: Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Brent Peeples, Jeremy Cox, Peter Pantazis, Matt Herms, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 25, 2022

Oh, that Eclipso is at it again and it's up to our Scarlet Speedster to take him down..... it's just too bad that Eclipso has skedaddled off to Gemworld to use the harmonics of that world to spread his influence throughout the Multiverse and not even having the Justice League Dark, Amethyst and Dark Lord Opal on Wally West's side seem to be able to turn the scales. Also, back in Central City, Irey West has befriended Animal Man's daughter, Maxine and the two are getting their rebellious streak on but maybe they've also bitten off more than they can chew when they decide to sneak out of their houses. Let's check this out.

Things have taken a turn for Wally West this issue as all of his allies have been turned by the former Wrath of God, Eclipso and with that, you're going to be getting a lot of the Flash fighting but like the previous issue, the cool stuff in this book comes from Irey West, Maxine Baker, and Jai West along with his action log when the son of the Flash has to save his sister and her friend from the other brother/sister duo of Mammoth and Shimmer who are now kidnapping metahuman kids as a human trafficking scheme, along with their partner/leader who thankfully isn't Psimon..... since he went and lost his head in Teen Titans Academy.

Obviously, we want Wally West to stop Eclipso and that part of the story is looking a bit like he'll need his kids' help and I'm all about that because the kids part is where all the fun is at and it doesn't hurt that I've been waiting to see where and when Jai will get his powers back since it was brought up during the first arc of this run so if those two stories could intermingle and I can get Wally saving the day and Jai getting his powers back, not to mention the Baker Family coming over for dinner...... Well, that will be great but we still need to get there, and sadly, like the previous issue, the kids' aspect of the story was the best part of this book.

All in all, the art continues to be great this issue and the only problem I have with it at all is that some of the colors sort of feel like they bleed together during the fighting on Gemworld, and because of that some of the battle becomes a bit confusing to me but mostly I enjoyed what I looked at here. As for the story, I'm having so much fun reading about the West kids, even if it's some heavy material like kidnapping kids and trafficking them to the highest bidder, but it never feels like it gets all that extreme and the fun of the kids, even them being in a dark situation still comes through. With Wally, his parts just come off as pretty basic as he's simply fighting his allies who have become possessed by Eclipso, and while I want to see how we'll put Eclipso back in his glaive and maybe find out why he was in a glaive in the first place, this fight scene this issue just didn't do much for me.

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Bits and Pieces:

The art in this issue was pretty decent and you'll get your action quota out of the Wally West bits of the story where he takes on those possessed by Eclipso but like the last issue, the real fun of the book is seeing Jai West and his action log going after his sister Irey and her new friend Maxine Baker. It's weird elements like this that make me wish we had a book simply about Wally and Linda's kids. Hopefully going forward both stories will come together and every bit of the book will shine.


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