Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The Flash #780 Review

Collateral Damage

Written By: Jeremy Adams
Art By: Will Conrad, Jeremy Cox, Matt Herms, Peter Pantazis, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 15, 2022

The War For Earth-3 continues with part 3 as we jump into The Flash and see how our fastest man alive fits into the grand scheme of Amanda Waller's invasion and takeover of the world of the Crime Syndicate. In our previous issue, we had some of our members of the Suicide Squad like Culebra and Talon acting as double agents against Amanda Waller, while Rick Flag's Suicide Squad was actively trying to bring her down and to this end, we saw Ambush Bug, Peacemaker and Superwoman crushed in Ultraman's Fortress of Solitude by Black Siren and Johnny Quick when they tried to retrieve the Phantom Zone projector so that they could hopefully even the playing field against The Wall by taking Ultraman out of the equation. Let's jump into this issue and see if any of these story threads continue as the war wages on. Let's check it out.

For this issue of The Flash, we not only have a new part to our War For Earth-3 storyline but we continue where we left off in the previous issue of the Flash where it looks like Linda Park has now activated some Speed Force powers and while we don't discuss that this issue.... to my ultimate disappointment in characters keeping things to themselves for the greater good of the time being, we also just see everyone get home safe after their adventures against the forces of Eclipso in Gemworld, not to mention a mention that our kids will continue their super-hero-ing now that they know that they both have powers...... which is great. As for the future of the Flash comic we see some things set up here that looks like Wally is going to have to face off against a foe from his past when Warden Wolf decides that he wants to work on a new project and is going to need an Iron Heights prisoner to help him.

As for our actual War For Earth-3 parts of this book...... Yeah, there's not a lot. Essentially you'll have Wally go up against Johnny Quick and Mirror Master but none of this really seems all that important. Both baddies want the Cosmic Treadmill for their own team's purposes but since Johnny's already moved from Earth-3 to Earth-0, I'm not sure why and it's never really discussed here. Also, a bit of information I would have liked here is about Johnny Quick's resurrection from his death in the Crime Syndicate mini but it's kind of glossed over just to tell us that he was in the Speed Force and he saw the end of all things but beyond that, there isn't much explanation. My only real takeaway from this bit is small clues that point to setting things up for the Dark Crisis which is kind of exciting.

All in all, the art in this book continues to be on point and makes everyone in here look amazing. As for our story, the continuation of the actual Flash book has some great stuff going on that I can't wait to see but as a War For Earth-3 tie-in and chapter, it really kind of falls flat for me because I don't see the purpose of it here and it's never really explained beyond Johnny saying that he has to get the Cosmic Treadmill for Amanda Waller....... that's it. No background, no explanation, just gotta do it, and obviously, that leads to a fun fight but there's nothing here to think that this issue actually matters to the overall scheme of the War For Earth-3 because nothing feels like it was set up in the previous chapter to lead us to this point and I can only hope that the Teen Titans Academy chapter to this story continues this bit of story but most likely that series will probably just do it's own strange and unique thing like this one does. The actual Flash bits of this book that work for his own story is great though and I look forward to that but I just wish it worked better for the overall story that it has been included in.

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Bits and Pieces:

This issue sets up future Flash stories and ties things up from where we left off in the previous Flash issue while leaving some mystery and drama.  However, the actual War For Earth-3 parts of this book feel like they come out of nowhere and don't feel like they do that much for the actual event. Overall, the exposition just went with broad strokes to keep things as vague as possible. However, I can't wait for the next issue of The Flash, I just hope that the War For Earth-3 does more in its other tie-in books.


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