Friday, March 1, 2024

Jay Garrick: The Flash #5 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: February 27, 2024

Jay Garrick: The Flash #5 escalates Dr. Elemental's plan to kidnap Judy Garrick when Jay reaches out to an old JSA friend for help.
Is Jay Garrick: The Flash #5 Good?

Yes, indeedily doodily. Jeremy Adams continues to make the most of the Garrick family's adventure with an action-packed, fast-paced issue that sees Dr. Elemental's long game (almost) come to fruition. Of all the Golden Age imprint titles DC has on the shelves, Jay Garrick: The Flash #5 exemplifies why this series is still my favorite.

When last we left the Garrick family, we received a nearly issue-long flashback that retconned the circumstances of Jay's origin as the Flash, turning Dr. Hughes into a secret villain intent on reshaping the world as Dr. Elemental. Once Jay connected the dots to Dr. Hughes, he and Judy set off for STAR Labs to find an old colleague ready to spill the beans until a killer cyborg started shooting up the place.

Now, Judy and Jay escape the cyborg deth trap and head to Brazil to meet up with Pieter Cross, aka Dr. Mid-Nite, for backup and to lure Dr. Elemental out of hiding. Dr. Elemental needs Judy to complete his plan, so the generations of JSAers use Judy as her bait (with her consent). The plan works, and Cross's lab is assaulted by Ro-Bear and a slew of minions. Unfortunately, Dr. Elemental uses a clever trick to flank the heroes and kidnap Judy.

What's great about Jay Garrick: The Flash #5? Adams nails the relationship dynamic and the good-natured personalities of the heroes. Plus, Dr. Elemental's plan sounds like it could be a world changer, so the stakes are massive.

What's not so great about Jay Garrick: The Flash #5? On a technical level, Adams's script is spot-on. On a concept level, the idea is spot-on. On a creative level, a few of the ideas are a little silly (e.g. Ro-Bear), but not enough to detract away from the good points. In short, the worst points are minor nitpicks.

How's the art? Olortegui displays a knack for energy, movement, and lightness that suits the tone of this series perfectly. As a plus, Olortegui's character acting is excellent.

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

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Bits and Pieces:

Jay Garrick: The Flash #5 delivers fun, action, adventure, drama, and excitement in short order. The story concept works, Jay and Judy's father/daughter chemistry is on-point, and Olortegui's art is energetic.



  1. I am a fan of Adam's and like his GL and Flash run and also this Jay Garrick one but these last two issues are a bit questionable. The character writing and action is still very good but the plot feels a bit contrived. I still don't understand how in the last issue that old colleague had all those info, what he was doing with it all this time considering the heinous acts Elemental committed and it also was a lot of exposition in one issue instead of it getting revealed bit by bit evey issue. This issue my problem is with the ending, Jay and Mid nite are way more intelligent to let Judy get kidnapped like that. It was rather nonsense. I still agree that it is the best golden age mini series between others by a mile and I would even compare it as superior to Geoff John's ongoing JSA.( I don't know what he is going to accomplish with that one)

  2. Adam's work on the Flash titles is awesome, they should keep him on them for awhile...