If you’ve been reading Dark Crisis, you should be paying attention to The Flash as it directly ties into the event. It also supplies a multiverse-spanning adventure as Wally West and his family attempt to find Barry Allen. He seems to be a key in defeating Pariah or at least unlocking something to give the superheroes an edge as he continues to plot against them. Out today, The Flash #784 features three different universes, and Wally gets closer to figuring out if the cheery Barry from a Golden Age world is his own.
But first, Mad Max-style car chases in the desert! Writer Jeremy Adams touched a bit on this when we spoke in May, but this comic is all about having tons of fun. As you can see in the preview, it’s speedsters vs. tricked-out death mobiles with grenades thrown into the mix. This scene shows that Wally’s friends and family have split up across the multiverse, but not every Barry Allen they’ll encounter is their version of him.
If you like Elseworlds stories that have a lot of fun with art, you’ll dig this opening scene. Amancay Nahuelpan is great at detail, rendering every inch of a zipper or buckle on a boot. The vehicles look great, and the angles on the action are exciting.
This scene leads to another universe where fans of Batman and Flash should dig what is revealed. It’s entertaining to see Nahuelpan’s design of the new characters while the tone changes too. The opening is steeped in the sun in the desert, with the second scene cast in shadow with ominous terror. The final scene where Wally has found Barry in what appears to be a classic comic book makes this scene changes all the more fun.
In this last scene, it becomes clearer the trouble Wally will have to get through to get to Barry. I won’t spoil it here, but it involves a key Flash villain. After reading the first issue, it wasn’t clear what the trouble would be, but Adams and Nahuelpan make it quite clear they aren’t just facing a possibly entrenched Barry Allen in a perfect world, but a world that may be capable of trapping them all.
This issue sticks a good amount of splashes into the mix, rendering it like an event. In better days, when Flash was a more popular superhero, I could see this story arc being an event in itself, and it has that feel thanks to the creators bringing their A-game.
The Flash #784 is an even better issue than the opening salvo of last issue, firmly establishing the stakes and having some fun with alternate dimensions. The Flash makes the multiverse feel new again.
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