Comic Review: The Flash #781 (DC Comics)

After his battle with Eclipso, Wally West has decided to take some time to check on Kid Flash (Wallace West). It’s a family time out between two speedsters as they […]

After his battle with Eclipso, Wally West has decided to take some time to check on Kid Flash (Wallace West).

It’s a family time out between two speedsters as they take the time to reconnect and most of all, have fun! Can Wally convince Wallace to take a chill pill and have a little fun? What new threats await the Scarlet Speedsters as they take a day off to connect?

Jeremy Adams takes some time to focus on Wally and Wallace West as they take some time for this well-written breather issue between arcs. While there is action and other kinds of shenanigans that occur between panels of this book, the primary focus is on family, the importance of it, one’s mental health and dividing up responsibilities, knowing when to have fun, and being in the moment. There is not much that needs to be said about this issue other than that it is a breath of fresh air, bringing readers back to center, providing a boots to the ground story that isn’t all about fighting massive super villains, and invasions, but about people and how they work through their priorities. There are some humorous moments woven throughout this issue, but it never takes away from the focus of two family members taking time to connect with each other to remind the reader about the little things in life that make it matter.

Fernando Pasarin handles art duties, not only providing dynamic layouts of the superhero genre variety but wonderfully displays the kind of humanity and humor that Adams injects into this issue. Along with Pasarin’s linework and the combined efforts of Matt Ryan’s ink work, Jeremy Cox and Peter Pantazis color rendering, they all make this a book a breath of fresh air for a one-shot issue. Rob Leigh contributes his lettering prowess to the book, keeping the entirety of the book connected and together. If you’re looking for a feel-good issue or a jumping-on point for this title, I recommend picking this book up and adding it to your pull list for new comic book day.

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