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Story […very briefly.]
Origin Story of Wally West and his transformation from Kid Flash to The Flash.
Art [Just IMHO.]
These issues have excellent pencil work by Greg LaRocque. The art is just somewhat dated by the coloring techniques used at the time, but otherwise is the strongest aspect of these issues.
Other Notes [???]
I have to be honest. I did not like this story. It was four issues long and could have [and probably should have] been condensed to one issue. It’s kind of bland, and Mark Waid does a pretty good job of making Wally come across as exceptionally whiney. If this had been my first exposure to Wally West I would probably never have given the character another glance.
These issues are also collected in the trade titled The Flash: Born to Run.
Don’t Forget! [For Fun.]
The premiere of the Flash season 5 airs tonight on the CW!
Titans, Volume 1: The Return of Wally West by Dan Abnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This volume collects TITANS #1-6 and TITANS: REBIRTH #1; and picks up from DC Comics Rebirth and directly follows the Titan’s Hunt miniseries.
Wally West [A Flash, not The Flash], has reunited the Titans; and now that the bands back together they want to know who or what it was that stole their time and memories.
With little to go on Arsenal and Donna, put boots to the ground in Gotham tying to shake some info loose from petty drug dealers; while Lilith probes Wally’s mind with the hopes of uncovering some hint of what happened. She unwitting awakens… Abra Kadabra; an old Flash villain. What could he possibly have to do with what happened to Wally West?
Wally West and Linda Park [His wife in the previous timeline.] are the primary focus of this volume and most of the other Titans are just kind of background characters in this story. However the feeling of old Titans books are back and will feel quite familiar to long time readers of these characters.
I really don’t suggest this book as a jumping on point if you have no prior Titan’s knowledge. Even though this is the first volume of the main series you really need to read Titans Hunt prior to reading this one.
As for the art, here’s a page from issue #1. [I actually heard someone saying that this art was ugly and made the book “unreadable“. By what asinine fanboy standards I’m not sure. ] But it doesn’t matter what he thinks because I love it; and I’m really happy to see the Titans back together and working like a family team that actually cares about each other.
And here’s a sample page from issue #3 featuring the villian Kadabra.
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The Flash: Stop Motion by Mark Schultz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Flash: Stop Motion by Mark Schultz; audio book by Graphic Audio, is pretty good. This story is part of a series of books about the Pre New 52 DCU Justice League. As far as I know all of the books are stand alone stories, and I don’t think you need to read them in any particular order to understand any of them.
This one features the Wally West flash who was Berry Allen’s nephew by marriage to Isis West. The story revolves around a genetically engineered creature called The Super Luminoid [No idea about the spelling of that since I had an audiobook.]. It’s a decent story but a lot of it is taken up with lengthy descriptions of some very dubious science.
Enjoyable if you liked the Wally West flash, the Pre New 52 Earth, or are listening to the other books in the series.
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