Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Some thoughts about The Flash #22

Whatever happened to Jay Garrick?

The Flash and Batman are trying to stop The Reverse-Flash from meeting the being who killed him before. However, even if they fail that might open the way for more revelations.

Well, there are not many spoilers to reveal here considering the cover.

Since the beginning, this storyline's point was about revealing a few mysteries behind The Button and of course, the Watchmen's characters involvement in the Rebirth event and while this doesn't explore those points profoundly, is still a satisfying read based on others. Joshua Williamson finally brings Jay Garrick to the post-Flashpoint DCU, not the previous Earth 2 version (although I do miss him as well) but the more classic JSA character.

To be honest, this is more of a teaser than anything else. The writer is hinting that Jay is going to come back anyway but he needs another person to be his lightning rod which connects nicely with The Flash's mythos. In fact, there are a lot of references to The Flash's mythos and history including the multiple deaths of Thawne, Hypertime, time travel, etc. It seems like the old continuity is coming back and I'm okay with that I guess. Good characterization and pacing overall.

Howard Porter returns to art duties and his work is still quite vibrant by adding a lot of detail and complexity to every scene.

Solid overall, I just wish that some things had a better resolution.

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