Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Flash #781 Review




How The Wests Were One


Written By: Jeremy Adams
Art By: Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Jeremy Cox, Peter Pantazis, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 19, 2022


Wally West has been busy lately. Not only has he had to contend with Eclipso, but the War For Earth-3 and Teen Titans Academy as well. Thankfully, that last bit gives us a reason for Wally to reconnect with his upper-classman cousin Wallace West, the current Kid-Flash because in this issue of The Flash we'll see family come together and hopefully pair these two up going forward. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.


While I can't say that Kid-Flash is going to become a mainstay in this book, like be the sidekick to Wally that we'd like him to be, but I can say that this issue looks like Wallace will be at least a supporting player that will be able to take care of things that Wally won't be able to and to get to that conclusion we have an issue of Wally getting Wallace to sneak out of Titans Academy to go and have some family time and some fun Flash adventures, much to Wallace's abjection..... at least until he loosens up a bit. While we kind of stand a bit still in this issue about two of the fastest men on Earth, it's more of a setup for things to come while also giving us an amazing description of what kind of superhero the Flash is and how he has to operate compared to other heroes in the DCU. It's a really beautiful way of seeing things ultimately, but Linda's powers and everything else we've dealt with in this book kind of takes a timeout so that Wally and Wallace can hang out.




While I'm all for this family connection and having these two cousins partner up and compare notes about what it means to be a Kid-Flash and what Barry means to both of them, Wally's try-hard nature of wanting to give Wallace a nickname like we previously saw in Teen Titans Academy was kind of cringe and like that previous book, this continuation of it left me feeling like Wally and Wallace shouldn't be acting this weird around one another, given that their timelines converged, making them have a past together and instead it almost feels like they just met after a DNA test. It's not awful, just weird but thankfully outside of this, we get a very touching issue that hopefully promises great team-ups to come out of this pair.




All in all, this issue looks great. The art and colors are popping throughout and Wally and Wallace look great together. As for the story, we have ourselves a feel-good issue that shows our Flash and Kid Flash having a great time, while lowkey continuing our Warden Wolf storyline that we saw in the War For Earth-3 tie-in issue last month, while also hopefully making sure that Wallace West sticks around in this series since Teen Titans Academy is ending. I just wish that overall that the relationship between Wally and Wallace didn't come across so odd at times. The two feel really estranged and have trouble communicating with each other, even though they have everything in common and would have grown up together with the timeline straightening itself out. Even with these complaints though, I can't wait for the next issue and look forward to everything that we got here that sets up things going forward.


Bits and Pieces:


Even with some odd interactions between our cousin speedsters, this issue is a lot of fun that continues the Flash Family feel that I've come to love from this book, and hopefully Kid-Flash's appearance here is only a prelude of things to come..... which I'm all about. The art is great and I can't wait to find out what Warden Wolf is up to with Blacksmith and Girder being allowed out and about.


8.2/10

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