I am returning from a $3 lunch which is the cheapest place on campus to grab a bite. We don’t expect much; a main dish or a sandwich plus a soup or a salad. You cannot get both soup and salad. You have to pick. No one really complains. You can’t get such a deal anywhere in this day and age. This is how I felt about Flash #22. My review contains some spoilers.
Although I’m Canadian, I went to a store that sold Flash #22 for $2.99, the exact price I paid for my lunch. And much like my lunch, I didn’t get much choice in what the sustenance was. I got a glimpse at Jay Garrick, the first Flash and the predicament he’s in and a look at who it turns out, is not pulling the strings, after all. I didn’t get much for my money, even though DC Comics promised this book and the end of the Button would be much more.
The setup of this story promised much more than what was delivered. If you were expecting any answer about the current mystery, forget about it. We know the heroes of Earth Two have been removed from reality, much like Tim Drake and Wally West. We were led to believe that Dr. Manhattan of the Watchmen was responsible. He appears to be just another pawn. Jay Garrick doesn’t return. Barry Allen could not remember him. He is gone again.
Batman was nearly useless this issue. Except as the complacent person who has to think through the final words of his father. Will he quite being Batman? My guess is that he will find a reason to stay on in the end. Not much happens in this comic book. We know that Superman matters in the greater scheme of things. We don’t know how or why. But all answers lead to Superman. What a burden to carry… Superman is being setup to be a Christ-like figure, once again.
Howard Porter does the best he can with the thin script he was given. He continues to draw his characters with as much expression as Bart Sears and the dynamism of comics in 2017. Not many artists at DC Comics have the level of dynamism that Porter has. For this issue, he was the best pick. I do like how he redesigned Jay Garrick though.