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By Alex DeLarge
Writer: Tom Peyer
Artist: Freddie E. Williams II
Fast Money Part Four: Flash Mob
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This series keeps getting better and better. It hasn’t been that difficult to do given the last year’s worth of Flash stories, but as each month passes it will become more difficult to do if things keep going as they are. This series has snowballed in quality. More…
The best part of the series so far is that things are really happening and the stuff that is happening matters. The series does not feel like it is spinning its wheels and all the characters are meshing well and beginning to gel. The kids are becoming less and less annoying and are growing their own voice.
The issue opens to a paralyzed Wally West (The Flash) contemplating his fate next to the, also paralyzed, “Elder Flash”, Jay Garrick. Gorilla Grodd has gained the upper hand and his intentions become clear: Nzame is missing and Grodd is looking for him. Grodd forces the Flashes to submit to favors while under duress. Wally must find the Ape-Child and return him to Grodd, while Jay must perform an unknown future task that Grodd promises Jay will hate. With that out of the way, Grodd turns his attention to Spin and we discover his origins: he was a reporter who discovered the tiny sickly person whom has been causing the spread of fear.
Meanwhile, our Flash kids are still held prisoner by the Dark Side Club thugs. Only, Iris has aged and gained new powers, ones to mimic her father, and she uses them to escape with her distraught brother. Jai is worried what this transformation means for their future. After the fight, the kids run off to help their father, distracting Grodd enough for the Flashes to escape, only to see Grodd disappear. Wally is understandably worried as well about Irisâ€™s transformation, but knowing how a parentâ€™s mind and a childâ€™s mind differ he tries to show how proud he is despite his fears.
Afterwards, Wally is alerted to the Flash museum where a mob is forming due to all the chaos caused by Spin and his decrepit discovery. Unfortunately, as a result of all this mayhem the Flash Museum caught fire and while the Flash kids perform damage control and build a wall to block out the angry mob, Wally is forced to rush in and save Inertia, who he had imprisoned there several issues ago.
By issueâ€™s end Iris transforms yet again, this time into a full-fledged woman with all the trimmingsâ€¦
Freddie yet again provides the audience with a well-drawn issue, which complements The Flash incredibly. Also, the inclusion of the one-page summary and character introduction has been a very welcome addition to the series thus far.
Next Issue: Wally (The Flash) must make good on his obligation and find Nzame, The Sacred Ape-Child and return him to Grodd.
It contained everything a good comic needs: great art, a good plot, and fantastic characterization. Not a single complaint from meâ€¦now THAT is a complement.
Posted originally: 2008-06-19 13:46:32