Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Flash #8

This issue has the feel of a "let's get back on schedule" issue, but that's fine - since it's a good read.

You won't find much of The Flash in this issue, because it's dedicated to the backstory behind Barry Allen's opposite, the Reverse-Flash.

Writer Geoff Johns has crafted an outstanding story here, though it brings with it one minor problem - according to the rules of this story, the Reverse-Flash is now unbeatable.

That's because he demonstrates the ability to go back in time and change the course of events - making his own life before becoming a super-villain something of a horror story.

One of DC's oldest tropes was that history couldn't be changed. Superman was always trying to change some historic event - Lincoln's assassination, for example - but he found it was impossible.

But apparently those old rules have been thrown away, because Eobard Thawne can change almost anything.

I'm curious to see how anyone can stop him - after all, if he's defeated by an opponent, it's easy to go back and "correct" his mistakes.

But I suspect there's more to this story than we've seen so far - and I look forward to seeing how it works out.

Oh, it's also great to see Scott Kolins handling the art - outstanding, intense work on display here.

So far, I'm really enjoying the new adventures of The Flash - but I look forward to future issues that will actually feature the title character.

Grade: A-


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