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Subj: The Flash #22 - Jay Garrick Returns.
Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 at 10:38:59 am EDT (Viewed 2986 times)

Since the return of Jay Garrick was hardly any secret I don't feel that commenting on events withing The Flash this month warrant any spoiler tags. What it does warrant though is some surprise on how faithful Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter are to the original character last seen (barring 'Convergence') some six years ago in the waning issues of Marc Guggenheim's Justice Society. No attempts are made at jazzing up that distinctive and enduring costume, no de-aging to make him more amenable to some younger reader demographic, instead what we are served is a short-lived return of a familiar face and a suitably valiant rescue just in the nick of time.

As a plot element it is a tease, a rather cynical tease at that as quite clearly the fact that Barry can recover his memories of one-time understudy Wally West yet is unable to recover such when confronted by his onetime inspiration and close friend makes little or no sense in the context. Jay's fate we realise is destined for another time and another place, and in hindsight given the awkwardness of his appearance here it might have been best if that return had been saved for that time and place. As in a story that concerns confronting and laying old ghosts to rest the open ended nature of his appearance here goes against the spirit and purposes of the overall storyline...