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The Rev

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James Hunter

Subj: Guggenheim's Flash
Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 05:06:18 pm BST
Reply Subj: Some Thoughts on "Flash: The Fastest Man Alive" #10 [SPOILERS]
Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 at 10:39:26 pm GMT

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I missed Marc's first issue (I actually have it on it's way, thanks to ebay), so this was my first exposure to Guggenheim's [b]Flash[/b] and I'm sold. Bart as a police cadet is full of potential I feel and I thought Zoom was well used in this issue. The last page suprised me, but the more I read this issue (this was my second read through) the more convinced I am that Iris *hasn't* gone evil but rather is using Zoom to somehow HELP Bart.

It's nice to see the Rogues again and I thought Guggenheim had a good grasp of both Captain Cold and Heatwave (I look forward to seeing what Heatwave and Inertia, along with any other Rogues who join them, bring against Bart though!). I was also extremely glad to see Jay Garrick again (as the Flash for Keystone)

For the first time I actually didn't miss Wally to much in this issue (his absence was noticable in the first 6 issues but Guggenheim has already shown that Bart IS worthy of the Flash legacy) which is a credit to Marc's writing!

The issue wasn't perfect, like many other people I have problems with Guggenheim's use of Zoom, Hunter has *never* been able to vibrate, and although this CAN be explained via time travel it's just unfortunate that Marc Guggenheim doesn't seem to fully grasp Zoom's power as it distracted from an otherwise nigh-on perfect issue \:\-\(

This title has definitly found it''s stide after a shaky start, I feel and I can, at last, START to at least see Bart as the Flash (he'll never replace Wally as the Flash I grew up with, but enough characteristic traits are being given to Bart to make him interesting in his own right now, at least in my opinion.



I have been reading Flash in one form or another for a lot longer than I want to admit. I started with Wally around Zero Hour and then went backwards to the point that I actually have a good bit of the end of Barry's run and all of Wally's run. When Wally's run ended, I was very saddened because I really cared about that character but I have to say that while my favorite Flash is, and always will be, Jay Garrick my favorite Flash story to date was a 3 part story in Legends of the DCU featuring Barry. In that story by Michael Jan Friedman, Barry was presented as a forensic scientist rather than some guy that works in the police lab. It was great to see him actually investigating and putting the pieces together. You actually got to see a little more of Barry without the mask and in a place that he was passionate about; the lab. I heard him once referred to as CSI's Gil Grissom with superspeed and this was the first time that I had seen him presented that way and I loved it. Now, with Guggenheim, writer of crime drama shows, we get to see this again. Bart, following in his grandfather's footsteps not only as the Flash but as a cop as well. I can even see him developing into a forensics guy as well. I really am looking forward to where this book is going again and seeing Bart live up to his potential in filling Barry and Wally's footsteps. I hope this one has a good long run.

The Rev

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