The Flash, The Fastest Man Alive Vol. 2: Full Throttle

February 11, 2008 | Trades


The Flash, The Fastest Man Alive Vol. 2: Full Throttle
Marc Guggenheim, Tony Daniel, Art Thibert, Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo, Ron Adrian, Andy Kuhn, Paco Diaz, Mark Waid, Karl Kerschl
DC Comics
$15.99/$12.99 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

He went by several different names over the years, but Bart Allen died as The Flash.
When he suffered a serious injury while working with the Teen Titans a few years ago, Bart transformed himself from the childish Impulse, to the slightly more serious, Kid Flash.
After his predecessor, Wally West, disappeared during the events of 2006’s Infinite Crisis, Bart stepped up and donned the red and gold of The Flash.
The decision to pass the torch didn’t sit well with a lot of fans. They didn’t like the move and went on comic book message boards all over the Web with ways to get him out of that suit.
Little did they know that DC Comics’ editors had a plan all along.
They had built Bart up to greatness only to knock him down and help set the stage for future events.
And so it was that The Flash’s Rogues — Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, the Trickster, the Pied Piper and Heat Wave — led by Bart’s evil clone, Inertia, killed the hero.
No matter what you thought of the decision to make Bart into The Flash, he went out as a first-class hero.
Kudos to writer Mark Guggenheim and his collaborators for giving a classy and compelling send off to an interesting character that will be missed.

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