The book is named after Jay Garrick, but the new DC Comics book is really about his daughter, The Boom. Written by Jeremy Adams, with art by Diego Olortegui, should this speed its way into your stack?
We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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Jay Garrick: The Flash #1 Review:
Spinning out of the events of Stargirl: The Lost Children, Jay Garrick’s long-lost daughter Judy Garrick is back. Only, she’s still a kid, and he and his wife — her mother — are now geriatric. Plus, an old villain from their past may be back, too.
Host Alex Zalben was surprised to discover how direct a follow-up this was to the Stargirl series, but thought the connection worked. “As a direct follow up in terms of the emotion of: how do you deal with, you are the same age [and] suddenly your parents are 40, 60 years older… How do you deal with that? I thought was very interesting.”
Justin Tyler agreed, adding that there was “nice emotional resonance. I didn’t expect it.”
He also enjoyed the villain setup, which finds Dr. Elemental using the disappearance of Judy to disappear himself. “I thought was really cool.”
On the downside, Tyler did express some exhaustion with the number of members of the Flash family currently in DC’s books. “There are just so many Flashes to the point, where every book is a meta-commentary on the number of Flashes. And I am not saying we need to kill a bunch of them or something… We need to slow down a little bit.”
Jay Garrick: The Flash #1 Official Synopsis:
JAY AND HIS LONG-LOST DAUGHTER RACE SIDE BY SIDE IN THE PRESENT DAY! Spinning out of the events of Stargirl: The Lost Children and Justice Society of America, Jay Garrick is reunited with his long-lost daughter, Judy. After being pulled from the timeline, Judy returns to a world where she and her dad aren’t the only ones that ride the lightning, but is there enough space for her in Jay and Joan’s life? And can they keep up with their teenage daughter and make up for lost time?