Review: ‘The Flash’ #774 Is Just Plain Fun

The newest era of The Flash is finally giving Wally West time to shine. He isn’t the only member of the West family, though, and after all this time, The Flash  #774 shows why they deserve the spotlight too.

Cover by Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair

Every series needs simple and fun interludes. While we do need comics with depth and emotion, there are times that it’s enough just to be a silly punch-em up with a solid character hook. That’s exactly what this issue delivers from Jeremy Adams, Christian Duce, Hi-Fi Color, and Steve Wands.

Doctor Nightmare wants to make Central City pay for all that they done and for his ruined career. He just took one thing for granted though — he chose to interrupt Wally and Irey West’s first daddy-daughter date since the family was reunited. That means it’s not going to go well for him.

Doctor Nightmare isn’t built to last and Adams knows it. The character is there to give Wally and Irey something to bond over as heroes, and also show that Wally’s new job isn’t as shiny as it might have appeared. Otherwise, the superheroic conflict is popcorn; it’s fun, fast and gives the heroes something to punch. However, Adams also has a great grasp of the relationships between the West family, which makes the series a unique read with a family dynamic that few other stories have.

I’ve been saying since the relaunch that the series needs an artist that can match the speed and energy of the lead character. We finally see that in Duce. His style has grown in the last few months, so he’s more than just a House Style guy. He has a great eye for layouts, specifically as Wally and Irey lose their speed. He’s able to make the duo feel like they’re trying to move faster, from how they move through the page and interact with each other. He also uses little tricks, like Irey disappearing on the left side of the page and reappearing on the right to make it seem like she’s at super speed. I really hope Duce pops up on the title frequently from here.

The Hi-Fi team’s work is solid. They use a lot of bright colors to match the tone of Adams’ story. Wands does some really good things with his work on the letters, with some fun sound effects and some cool tricks to emphasize certain bits of dialogue.

This isn’t a stunning masterpiece of an issue, but sometimes we don’t need that. Sometimes we just need something fun, and in that respect, The Flash #774 delivers.

The Flash #774 is available now from DC Comics.

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