((This is the biggest part of this comic that frustrates me beyond belief, at the moment. Just these three. Their characterizations.
Iris went from being responsible, “speak for herself” and “using her own elbow grease” warmhearted go-getter to tirelessly fighting her nephew whom she took in because she had to and asking Barry to be “the strong figure in his life” when clearly he’s unable to do that. Wally’s still resisting any of Iris’ efforts at “mom”-ing, which is obviously not what he needs, and everytime he does, Iris gets snappy at them, putting this rift between their relationship. Barry kind of meanders around when Iris requests it of him, not really seeming to want to help out at all or get to know this kid (actually he still seems pretty personally miffed from when Wally had the spraypaint), not helping him through his anger at the Flash but just pointing the finger at Wally’s irresponsible tendencies.
The two adults won’t act their own age, in Wally’s benefit, or patiently with eachother (at least, we haven’t seen much of it). This is the BASIC, BASIC psychology case of him acting out because he needs attention and love and the benefit of the doubt. His mom is AWOL, we have NO IDEA what is even UP with Rudy, since he was mentioned twice in the entire comic and never even shown when we went back to Iris and Dan’s childhood, but we do know that Rudy’s still a dickbag here, too.
this isn’t the family the world fell in love with. It’s not even trying to be. And obviously that’s the point, isn’t it? But this is a story that’s been told countless times over for decades, now.
I’m sorry Barry, Iris, and especially Wally. This isn’t what you guys deserve.))