The Flash, The Fastest Man Alive: Lightning In A Bottle

April 16, 2007 | Trades


The Flash, The Fastest Man Alive: Lightning In A Bottle
Danny Bilson, Paul Demeo, Ken Lashley
DC Comics
$15.99/$12.99 US
** 1/2 (out of five)

Maybe it’s an Impulse, but I’m not so crazy about the new Flash.
In the wake of the 2006 mega-crossover series Infinite Crisis, the DC Universe is left with just one Scarlet Speedster — the original Golden Age hero, Jay Garrick.
After the death of Garrick’s initial replacement, Barry Allen in the classic 1986 crossover Crisis On Infinite Earths, it appears the latest Flash, Wally West, is lost in time after this latest crisis. Maybe worse than that is the fact that the speed force, the power behind all the speedsters in the DCU is gone, too.
But since nature (and publishers) abhors a vacuum, the youngest member of the Flash family, Bart Allen (A.K.A. Impulse and Kid Flash) quickly finds himself the new man in red and the star of his very own monthly title.
But as with the switch from Barry to Wally back in 1986, not everyone is crazy about a new Flash.
Oh sure, a fresh slate can be creatively good, but making Bart the Scarlet Speedster seems unnecessary and was made worse as the re-launch of this title was a tad clumsy in the writing, artistically inconsistent and generally disappointing.
To think it was just over a year ago that the Flash was at his zenith with writer Geoff Johns…

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