The Fraction is moments away from victory, but they forgot about one thing… an almost-10-year-old with red hair and the power to turn things around.
Finally, Irey West has found her new superhero name, and she intends to use it while saving the Flash Family from certain doom!
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You Don't Read ComicsGiven Adamss treatment of the ensemble, its not hard to imagine the current Flash series splitting off into a couple of different titles that would have a chance to focus on a couple of different Flashes. It wouldnt be the strangest thing thats ever happened. Adamss writing certainly HAS found the right appeal for just about every character in the ensemble. Adams, Dias, and Guerrero are developing an entertaining dynamic for every hero in the book. The villains scarcely have any time to make much of an impact, but it really doesnt matter. The Flash family is interesting enough to carry the title.
Geek DadSince the start of this phenomenal small-scale event, Jeremy Adams has done an amazing job of raising the stakes with each issue while managing to make us ignore the fact that it’s basically obvious that all this will be undone somehow. The death of Iris West in the opening chapter was already a pretty good indication, but last issue’s seeming death of Wally west in a phasing mishap made it even clearer. Now, the Flashes have been defeated, most of them are captured, and Jay Garrick is being taken for torture and interrogation. Only one major Flash remains free—the youngest, Irey West, who now finds herself alone with the frozen heroes including her brother, as the assassin Miss Murder prowls the lair. One of the most impressive things about this run is the way Adams has taken Irey, a character who was NOT popular before this run, and made her so much fun to read. (...) The younger Flashes dominate this issue, but it’s really Jay who steals the show in a great interrogation scene that features one of the best—and grossest—uses of speed powers I’ve seen in an escape attempt. The stakes are high—so high that I’m wondering what this event’s legacy will be when it’s over. But there is no question that while it’s going on, this is the most entertaining DC mini-event in a while.
But Why Tho?The Flash #794 blends the dark and the light. It has those streaks of hope that will always be present in a Flash comic, coming from such strong and unrelenting characters. But there is also a deep sadness to the book that Adams brings that is both gorgeous and devastating. This arc has not shied away from being bold with its story choices and what happens in it, exposing the Flash Family to trauma I was not expecting at the start of the One-Minute War.
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Comic WatchThe Flash #794 makes time travel seem like the most logical solution to a problem better than any comic has before. The art is electric and the spotlight on Irey continues to be a higher point for the overall narrative.
AIPTThe next chapter in “The One-Minute War” is an exciting one, as a kid hero makes a case for being your next favorite superhero. Pair that with the expert handling of multiple scenes as the heroes gain a new edge on the Fraction, and you have a highly entertaining event you can’t miss. Flash history is made in The Flash #794.
Weird Science DC ComicsThe Flash #794 is another strong issue in the One-Minute War event, with an Irey-centric issue that cements her place as a hero in the Flash Family. The family dynamics and their teamwork are what make this issue work, and you get that family feeling from start to finish.
ComicBook.comAdams continues the "One Minute War" by injecting some fantastic superhero action with this latest entry, much of it focused on Wally West's speedy daughter Irey, with an assist by the original Flash, Jay Garrick. Adams and Cruz has managed to create a thrilling crossover here, playing on the strengths of the Flash Family ingeniously, and while this issue might be hinting at the idea that some of the losses won't stick in terms of how the fight against the Fraction will be resolved, the war remains a solid entry when it comes to Adams love of the DC's fastest heroes across the board.
Lyles Movie FilesOne Minute War is now into its fifth chapter and the stakes are raising. Writer Jeremy Adams devotes half this issue to Irey’s face off with Miss Murder as she gets more comfortable using her speed and “teaming” with her brother, Jai. Adams also teases a potential solution for resolving the war with The Faction while including a truly kick tail moment featuring Jay Garrick. Despite the plethora of speedsters, Adams hasn’t been overwhelmed incorporating them into the story and giving the characters their time in the spotlight. (...) As has been the case since the start of One Minute War, the main drawback remains the art. It’s commendable that artist Roger Cruz has been able to keep up with the weekly demands of this saga, but his looser, less detailed style continues to clash with this dramatic storyline. (...) One Minute War remains a fun read showing Adams’ skill at making an engaging Flash Family event that’s only being held back by an ill-fitting art style.
The Comicbook DispatchThe Flash #794 can be best described as chaotic. The issue is busy, confusing, and lacks some explanation involving many of the key scenes in the story. Moreover, the impact of emotion surrounding Wally, Barry, and Irey was incredibly short-lived. If you want the moment to hit hard, we need to camp out at that point for a bit and not race through it to another fight scene. And if you do race through to another fight scene, it needs to be revisited with focus to really hit the mark. Readers, I felt very little for Wally. A moment that should have been supercharged with emotion was hidden by quick-moving action and access to unexplained new power sets that just so happen to occur when you need them the most. Truthfully, I was expecting more from this One-Minute War that feels more like a quick fight. Fans get very little about the Fraction other than the opening pages of the One-Minute War Special. Characters and soldiers or the Fraction are introduced with the intent to carry weight but we don’t know who they are or what they do. Miss Murder was supposed to be this unstoppable character that ultimately ran away. There are just too many holes, unexplained circumstances, convenient reveals, and out-of-character developments that leave this reviewer scratching his head. Plus, I’d talk about the art, however, it would be more of the same as what I already said in my prior reviews and I’m truthfully tired of repeating myself with something that won’t change anyway through this entire war. So, what’s the point? If you want to know my thoughts on the art, just look at every review of this event to this point. Readers, the best part of Adams writing has been Wally and he’s basically out of the story now. So, mixed with the chaotic, fast-paced action and story in this week’s Flash #794, I’m just finding it hard to stay invested in this story.