The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1 – Miscellaneous Information Dumping Ground

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The Flash One-Minute War Special 1, cover, January 2023, Serg AcunaTITLE: The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS: Various. Cover by Serg Acuna.
RELEASED: 
January 31, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a lot of good information in here, including the origin of our villains, which expands the scope of this One-Minute War story. At certain points it sort of comes off like a miscellaneous information dumping ground. In other words, this is where Jeremy Adams put a lot of the exposition he couldn’t fit into the ongoing narrative of the story for fear of slowing it down. Makes sense.

On the downside, none of the heroes we see on the cover actually appear in the issue. That kind of thing always annoys me.

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The Flash #791 Micro-Review – They KILLED Her?!?

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The Flash 791, cover, January 2023, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #791
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Roger Cruz, Wellington Dias (Inker), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.
RELEASED: 
January 17, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Turns out they killed off a major character last issue. (It wasn’t made entirely clear.) On one hand, that’s pretty surprising. But on the other, 10 bucks says she’s alive again by the end.

This story has done a decent job so far of explaining why the Fraction are a group of bad guys that only the Flash family of heroes can fight. In normal alien invasion storylines in the DC Universe, you have inevitable questions like, “Why doesn’t Superman just stop them?” Those questions have been successfully neutralized here.

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The Flash #790 Micro-Review – Have We Seen These Aliens Before?

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The Flash 790, cover, January 2023, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #790
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Roger Cruz, Matt Banning & Wellington Dias (Inkers), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.
RELEASED: 
January 10, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As the cover suggests, the “One-Minute War” storyline starts with an alien invasion. Have we seen these particular aliens before? I don’t think we have…

Either way, the story is off to a strong start. A big one, too. We see mass destruction, and it looks like virtually every speedster will be involved here. Jeremy Adams, Roger Cruz, and the creative team are hitting the right notes, thus far.

I’m on a Taurin Clarke kick lately. I’m really digging his cover work on not just The Flash, but Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

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The Flash #789 Micro-Review – Comfort Food

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The Flash 789, cover, December 2022, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #789
AUTHORJeremy Adams
ARTISTS: 
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan (Inker), Matt Herms (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.

RELEASED: December 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

You know what The Flash is right now? Comfort food. At least for me. Between Wally West being back in the role, and the light and fun family dynamic at the center of things, it feels good to read The Flash these days. In an era where DC is trying to get back to more hopeful storytelling, this series is leading the pack.

Pasarin, Ryan, and Herms are also on point for this issue. Flash and the Rogues are all rendered damn near perfectly. There’s also a scene in the mayor’s office in which Pasarin excels with Flash’s body language.

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Epic Covers: Justice Society of America #1 by Dan Hipp

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The New Golden Age #1 had its ups and downs, which isn’t necessarily what you want to say about the lead-in to your new Justice Society of America series, which begins this week.

But nevertheless, the issue had a strong cover game, as evidenced by this really fun variant from Dan Hipp. Though I must confess, I’m a little confused as to what they’re supposed to be doing. It seems like it’s morning coffee/tea, as evidenced by the cups some of them are holding. Not to mention what appears to be the glow of a sunrise. But then you’ve got Hawkgirl who’s…eating oatmeal? If this cover had a title, it might be “Breakfast with the Justice Society.”

Justice Society of America, Dan Hipp

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The Flash #788 Micro-Review – An Insane Mayor?!?

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The Flash 788, cover, 2022, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #788
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS: 
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan (Inker), Matt Herms (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.

RELEASED: November 15, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Deputizing the Rogues, as the new mayor of Central City does in this issue, makes for interesting story possibilities. And thankfully, the story realizes just how insane the whole thing is.

One of the most endearing things about this Jeremy Adams Flash run is how he writes Wally and Linda West. They’re almost impossibly in love. But not to the point that it’s grating. You root for them and their family. That’s a sign of quality writing. And Pasarin, Ryan, and Herms offer some quality art along with it.

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The Flash #787 Micro-Review – “Macho Man” Randy Savage…?

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The Flash 787, cover, 2022, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #787
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan (Inker), Jeromy Cox (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.

RELEASED: October 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is a fun little one-off about the Flash encountering an intergalactic, multiversal pro wrestling group. His tag team partner (shown on the cover) seems to be a purple amalgamation of Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Magnum T.A. There’s even a championship belt that looks like the classic Intercontinental Title.

As a wrestling fan, I found this one to be fun. Not too serious, and not the most dramatic Flash issue I’ve ever read. But still fun.

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The Flash #786 Micro-Review – Flash Family Fun

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The Flash 786, cover, 2022, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #786
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Amancay Nahuelpan, Jeromy Cox & Peter Pantazis (Colorists), Justin Birch (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.

RELEASED: September 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

What Jeremy Adams has managed to do, at least with these last several issues I’ve read, is turn The Flash into a fun book about a family of heroes. This, as opposed to a book that’s simply about Barry Allen or Wally West. These Dark Crisis tie-ins in particular have been a nice supplement to the main miniseries.

Wally, Linda and the kids mingle with some heroes from the larger DC Universe in this issue. Robin has a couple of cute interactions with Irey. Amancay Nahuelpan and our colorists also give us a hell of a Justice Society.

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The Flash 2022 Annual #1 Micro-Review – A Writer and a Reporter

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The Flash 2022 Annual 1, cover, Marguerite SauvageTITLE: The Flash 2022 Annual #1
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS
: Serg Acuna, Matt Herms (Colorist), Justin Birch (Letterer). Cover by Marguerite Sauvage.
RELEASED:
August 30, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Quote from this issue: “A writer is just a reporter that gets paid less.”

I’ve been a reporter, and I’m not sure that’s true…

This issue consists of a comic book version of Linda’s novel. I can’t say it’s 100 percent what I was hoping to see when I opened it. We don’t actually see the Flash in the story. But it does provide a nice glimpse into her mind, and how she sees her relationship with Wally.

Serg Acuna and Matt Herms are definitely a winning combination on the art. I’d love to see more from them.

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The Flash #785 Micro-Review – The Eyes Have It

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The Flash 785, cover, 2022, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #785
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Amancay Nahuelpan, Jeromy Cox (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.
RELEASED:
August 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We see Barry Allen and Wally West running side by side in their Flash costumes in this issue. And as per usual, we see Barry’s eyes through his mask. But Wally simply has white slits. Why does Barry get his eyes and Wally doesn’t?

These are the things I think about, folks.

“The Search For Barry Allen” didn’t blow me away. But it was a nice little tie-in story with Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. It had some cool vintage-style art too. This issue in particular was also really cool for Linda Park-West.

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