Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Jay Garrick: The Flash #2 Review


Written by: Jeremy Adams
Art by: Diego Olortegui
Colors by: Luis Guerrero
Letters by: Steve Wands
Cover art by: Jorge Corona, Sarah Stern
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: November 21, 2023

Jay Garrick: The Flash #2 sees Judy Garrick settling into life as a teenager in the modern world. But when an old enemy comes around on a mission from its master, it's time for the Flash family to go to work.
Is Jay Garrick: The Flash #2 Good?

Unironically, Jay Garrick: The Flash #2 is a super fast issue. Jeremy Adams lays the foundation by showing how Judy's return unveils hidden memories, including past battles and villains while fleshing out a new status quo in the Garrick household. It's a simple, fun, fast issue that's big on heart and feel-good family dynamics, even if the meat of the conflict is a little light.


When last we left Jay and Judy Garrick, they raced to save the day (and Mama Garrick) from a kidnapper who laced the nearby dam with bombs. When the adventure was all wrapped up, the villain flipped a switch that erased Judy Garrick from time and the memories of everyone on Earth. Now, Judy is overwhelmed with the shiny newness of the future (her future, our present) as she spends the day at the mall with Stargirl. When an old JSA villain, Ro-Bear, makes a mess of the food court in a bid to capture Judy Garrick, Jay, Judy, and Courtney team up to put the cybernetic bear down.

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Arguably, Jay Garrick: The Flash #2 is a setup issue. Adams is planting seeds for future conflict on multiple fronts as Jay is nervous/unsettled about the return of his daughter, returning memories about Judy's adventures leads to the remembrance of old battles and villains, and Ro-Bear's return signals a threat that may want to re-erase Judy from existence. There's a lot of seed sowing in this issue, so we'll see if Adams can reap the benefits in future issues.


What's great about Jay Garrick: The Flash #2? All the familial ties, the spirit of wide-eyed adventure, and good old-fashioned wholesomeness that worked so well in Adams' tenure on the main Flash title work equally well here. The Garricks are good people, and Adams makes it very easy to care about them and what challenges life will throw at them next.

What's not so great about Jay Garrick: The Flash #2? Ro-Bear is an intimidating-looking character, but he's dispatched without much effort. The light, wholesome tone of this issue could use a little more direness to keep the proceedings more gripping.

How's the art? Diego Olortegui's art style is definitely melding with Adams's brand of storytelling in a positive manner. The speedster action is first-rate, and Judy's wide-eyed fascination with a new world is endearing.

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:

Jay Garrick: The Flash #2 is a charming, wholesome, energetic issue that lays the foundation for the first big challenge to attack the Garrick family. Adams's wholesome family spirit bubbles up on every page, getting you to instantly care about the Garricks, and Olortegui's art is a good fit for the story.


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