If you’ve been reading Josh Williamson’s Flash or Tom Taylor’s Suicide Squad, you won’t want to miss The Flash Annual #3. Spinning out of Suicide Squad #5 see how Flash helps — yes, helps — the new Suicide Squad escape capture. This is a classic unreliable narrator story featuring Boomerang telling some officials what happened when the Suicide Squad escaped capture.
Williamson crafts a good annual that doesn’t have any filler scenes or pointless action. It opens with Boomerang beaten to a pulp as he reveals where the Suicide Squad ended up. It all starts with Flash and, much like the cops on the story, it all seems made up. The tale certainly features some fibs, but in general, Boomerang sticks to the actual facts. It’s a clever way of showing how Flash is a little different as he’s a hero that does the right thing even if it means helping some folks who might have done some murdering.
The story also comes with a few fun twists, a great third act that reveals a few of Boomerang’s fibs, and a finale that promises a new direction for Boomerang. It serves as a nice transitional issue for the Suicide Squad so Taylor can carry the team forward rather than explain how they escaped capture.
The art by Carlo Pagulayan, Brandon Peterson, and Stephen Segovia is good, especially the first half. The art does noticeably shift at one point, but it’s at an opportune time. Flash is particularly casual, which helps convey his demeanor when usually what comes with the Suicide Squad is high stress and tense moments of action.
This is a good example of how an annual issue can tell a good done-in-one tale that’s not necessarily a must-read tale, but done well enough to make it easy for some extra entertainment. This also plays up Flash well and showcases how he’s a little different than most superheroes thanks to his personality.
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