Tuesday, April 4, 2023

The Flash #796 Review


Written by: Jeremy Adams
Art by: Roger Cruz, George Kambadais, Fernando Pasarin, Wellington Dias, Oclair Albert
Colors by: Luis Guerrero, Matt Herms, Pate Pantazis
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover art by: Taurin Clarke (cover A)
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: April 4, 2023

The Flash #796 brings the One-Minute War to a close with an all-out battle, including heroes from across time and space.
Is It Good?

Okay, not bad. In The Flash #796, Jeremy Adams sticks the landing with exciting action, feel-good family moments, and a happy ending heading into the future. But for some wonky art, this would be a really strong finish.

When last we left the Flash family, dead Wally was no longer dead, and Jay went all Die Hard to escape the Fraction and lend a hand to Barry and the rest of the speedsters. Now, Wally finds himself in a place outside Time and Space, aided by Gold Beetle and a collection of dead-not-really-dead heroes, to form a cavalry while Barry and the Flashes continue the assault on the Fraction's Spire.

Check out our Flash #796 Video Review

It's all fun and games until the tide turns (more than once) with tons of exciting speedster action, solid dialog with just the right amount of humor (mostly from Gold Beetle), and a karmic ending that puts the Fraction in their place, plus extra punishment for Admiral Vel. In short, this is a fun, exciting, speedster-rific issue.

Where does it fall short? It's the art, man. It's the art.

If you look at the credits above, you can see a whole family of artists was engaged to get this issue to press on time. Unfortunately, the disconnect in art styles shows. Editorial did their best to get the artist hand-offs to transition logically, but the differences (in style and quality) are just too big not to notice, giving the visuals a cobbled-together appearance, which is not what you want in a big finale.

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 #796 is an almost strong finish to an event that started weakly and got better as it progressed. The tone, dialog, and action hit all the right notes for what Flash Family fans could want, but the cobbled-together art from too many artists with too-different styles is off-putting.


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