Tuesday, August 30, 2022

The Flash 2022 Annual #1 Review

Stranger Than Fiction

Written By: Jeremy Adams
Art By: Serg Acuna, Matt Herms, Justin Birch
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: August 30, 2022

Now that the Search For Barry Allen is over, it's time for the West Family to get back to a life that doesn't consist of jaunting around the Multiverse..... at least for now and while I wish that this issue tackled how Linda Park got her Speed Force powers, it looks like that might be something that's explained later on by what we see at the end of the issue, but for now, we'll take some time off, slow down and pick up a good book as Wally West peeks at what his wife has been writing in the background of this series. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

For the 2022 Annual of The Flash, we see Linda Park continuing her writing career and wondering what it's going to be moving forward now that the cat is out of the bag and Wally knows she has Speed Force powers. While this is more of a what-if conversation that doesn't go too far, there is a great line that calls back to Flash Forward about what Linda's superhero costume would look like that actually made me laugh out loud. Mostly though, we have a look at Linda's book now that Wally finally has time to read it and beyond seeing the similarities to Wally and Linda that she's put into her main character's life, there isn't much to this... Maybe an inside look at what Linda wanted her life to be and seeing how it's changed but mostly it's a laugh to see the fictionalized version of her and Wally's life.

You see, the book aspect of this issue didn't really do much for me, but there are some amazing moments in this book between Wally and Linda that I just love, not to mention that we end on a cliffhanger that I can't wait to see explored and will probably lead to how Linda got her Speed Force powers. So while what you can say is the majority of the book wasn't something that I loved, the actual parts that involved are Flash family, which isn't much overall actually made this book really enjoyable and I can't wait to see more of them and see where our story will take us now that we're out of our Dark Crisis tie-ins.

All in all, I love the art in this issue. It's not our normal look and is a bit more on the cartoony side, but it works well for this book and I dug it. As for the story..... Yeah, it's fun to see what Linda's been writing and how she fictionalizes her life with Wally West and his Flash shenanigans, especially for where she fits into it all, but for me, the strength of the book lies in the parts of the Annual that don't feature the book at all and just show us Linda and Wally West loving each other and trying to figure out what life is going to be now that Linda has powers as well. When seeing those parts of this book I realize all I need is the West Family being the West Family and if you want to throw in some other Flashes as well or have some kid shenanigans........ Well, I could probably just read this title forever.

Bits and Pieces:

While I still enjoyed this issue, the majority of the book that featured what Linda Park's novel is all about left me wishing that we could just have the West Family doing things because whenever this Annual just featured Linda and Wally...... Well, it knocked it out of the park. The art is great throughout, I just wish that we got more of our hero and his newly super-powered wife.


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