Our hero, Wally West, finds himself on an unexpected mission with the Justice League. It’s not the garden variety JL, though, it’s offshoot Justice League Dark, the specialist magic unit who hang out in the Hall of Justice basement. Right now, though, they’re on the home planet of member Amethyst, the Gemworld. And one of the natives is very restless.
Meanwhile, on Earth, Wally’s wife Linda has seen kids Jai and Irey off to their new school.
Justice League Dark are on the trail of the demon god Eclipso, whose recent excursion to Earth was ruined by Wally. Now he knows that his ridiculously overpowered associates are on the case, the Flash sees an opportunity – to leave.
As it turns out, Wally is very much needed…
Flash #777 is another terrific issue, focusing not just on the latest adventure of our good-natured speedster, but throwing in a gaggle of guest stars to boot. It’s great to see the League’s mystical members in a focused story, rather than a 47-parter in which undefined magic is constantly moving the goalposts. Given writer Jeremy Adams’ track record on this series to date, I’ve no doubt this current tale will wrap up in an issue or two, and satisfyingly at that.
Best of all, Wally shares the pages with his kids. Irey had a spotlight a few issues ago, and now Jai takes control of the narrative – well, at least the Earth-set moments – via his diary… sorry, Action Log. Once upon a time Jai had super-powers, but he lost them. He’s not jealous of Irey, who retains her Speed Force connection, though, finding his joy in observing the world with a wry eye.
As for Irey, she’s falling under the influence of the very naughty Maxine Baker – and if you recognise the name, you just know ‘this thing with her animals’ is going to lead to trouble.
The superheroics are loads of fun, but it’s Adams’ character moments I love the most, such as Linda noting Jai’s similarity to Wally but not to herself. On a (dis)similar note, well done Maxine for being probably the first person in the entire DCU to express shock that the not-at-all-alike Irey and Jai are even fraternal twins – call it ‘twincredulity’.
Fernando Pasarin and Matt Ryan once more produce stellar work – crystal clear compositions, sharply finished. Just look at that portrait of Jai back there, a whole character captured in a single panel. The otherworldly scenes are a delight too, who doesn’t love a giant worm thingie? And all those JLD folk, perfectly presented as they strive to solve the mystery of Eclipso. And then there’s a looming menace on the final page, who I suspect is one of my all-time favourite monsters, any day of the week.
Jeromy Cox provides a kaleidoscope of colour, filling Gemworld with intense fairytale hues while Earth is toned for reality. There’s an obvious contrast, but not one so stark it’s like we have two books. And Rob Leigh’s letters are as beautifully precise as ever.
Despite the cover copy, Eclipso doesn’t ‘enter’ this issue, he’s off-panel, though very much a presence. Anyway, Brandon Peterson’s cover is loads of fun, with plenty of sinister purple courtesy of colourist Michael Atiyeh.
The Flash is enjoying something of a golden era right now, and I doubt even Eclipso has enough darkness to snuff it out.