Review: ‘The Flash’ #771 Gives Wally Hope In The Darkness

by Tony Thornley

Wally West’s journey in the Speed Force so far has been a series of joyful adventures through the legacy of The Flash. But in The Flash #771, the DCU’s most celebrated speedster revisits his own legacy, and that means a journey back to his darkest hour…

Cover by Brandon Peterson

This journey is a gleeful artist’s jam, with a ton of heart, and a twist that you might dread even though it’s spoiled on the cover. It comes from Jeremy Adams, Kevin Maguire, Howard Porter, Brandon Peterson, Berat Pekmezci, Max Raynor, Scott Kolins, Tom Derenick, Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Michael Atiyeh, and Steve Wands.

Wally’s bouncing through time is progressively getting faster and more violent. But he still has time enough to process where he is, including an important moment between himself and Irey, the Flash of her era. However, that rapid progression comes to a screeching halt as he finds himself back at his lowest moment.

Adams has found his footing with Wally and Barry and, honestly, if he keeps this up, this is going to become a very fun Flash run. It takes the various histories and supporting cast and mashes them up, then remixes them into a story that could just be a Flash greatest hits. However, he makes sure to take the opportunity to pause and give Wally a character-building and defining moments that made him a generation’s number one Flash.

Wands deserves a shout-out too for continuing his usually solid letter work. However, he also subtly changes the fonts of the lettering with each trip, adding to the story without distracting.

The art teams really do a good job, using the story mechanism of Wally’s time travel to turn an artist jam issue into something really cool. Atiyeh uses his color art to tie the issue together visually (and also does a fantastic job of making Maguire’s Super-Friends sequence feel like animation cels). Each art team does a great job with the space they have, whether it’s a single page or several. The Wally and Irey sequence is a standout (which is either by Pekmezci or Raynor — unfortunately DC didn’t credit which artist did which pages). It captures the feeling of love between father and daughter, and ultimately provides the emotional catharsis that the series needs before moving forward.

The Flash is rapidly becoming a must-read every month, especially if it sticks the landing with this arc. It’s not the best series I’m reading, but it’s a lot of fun; full of great character moments and ends as a satisfying read. 

The Flash #771 is available now from DC Comics.

Overview

The Flash continues its story with a fun chapter slingshotting Wally West throughout the Flash legacy and the West family. It’s a lot of fun, and has the potential for setting up a great run to come.

Overall
7.5/10
7.5/10
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