Tuesday, March 21, 2023

The Flash #795 Review


Written by: Jeremy Adams
Art by: Roger Cruz, George Kambadias, Fernando Pasarin,Wellington Dias, Oclair Albert
Colors by: Luis Guerrero, Matt Herms
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover art by: Taurin Clarke (cover A)
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: March 21, 2023

The Flash #795 finds Barry Allen and the Flash Family putting Plan B into action with a head-on assault against the Fraction's Speed Spire that could almost set everything back to the way it was... almost.
Is It Good?

The Flash #795 continues the One-Minute War event with a plan that could stop the Fraction and undo all the damage in the blink of an eye. Jeremy Adams's script delivers plenty of thrilling action and emotional beats to give the event stakes and weight. But for an odd creative choice, this would be a perfect issue.

When last we left the Flash family, Jay was captured, Wally was "dead," Irey picked her new hero name (Iron Hear.... err, I mean Thunder Heart), and Barry used his big science brain to concoct a new plan. Now, the plan is set in (super speed) motion as the Flash Family attacks the Fraction as one... literally.

Barry's plan makes sense, even with the OMG superhero science offered to back it up. The intense action fills most of the issue, so you get plenty of eye candy to keep you engaged. There are a few emotional beats, particularly between Barry and Linda, as they bond over losing their respective loved ones, and the cliffhanger moments are a surprising development you won't see coming.

All the piece parts are there for a Grade A action/adventure comic that feels meaningful and important.

As you can see from the credits above, there's a larger-than-usual number of artists in the book. Usually, a high artist count is a red flag for art inconsistency; in this case, the red flag is warranted.

The art style between the main story, and the flashbacks where Barry explains the plan are mildly bizarre and jarring. George Kambadais's penchant for long paintbrush strokes and disproportionately stretched limbs looks out of place/distracting. Why does Irey have hips like a 32-year-old mother? Why is Barry's shin twice as long as his torso when he's sitting down? Why are everyone's forearms twice as long as their upper arms? There's nothing wrong with using an artist with a very stylized approach to anatomy, but this style borders on ugly when compared to the rest of the issue.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

The Flash #795 puts Barry's new plan into motion with exciting super-speed action, strong emotional beats, high stakes, and a twist reveal at the end that could pave the way for big Flash changes in the future. That said, the mixture of artists in this book don't have complementary styles, causing the art quality to suffer.


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