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there was a lot of Hell Yeah in this issue. It was only let down by the 'it all began with you barry' crap. Here, I thought it all began with Jay Garrick

Date: 2009-08-27 11:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wizardru.insanejournal.com
I'd like to be more ticked off with Johns, here...the dialog is really awkward and stilted here compared to his work elsewhere and the plot really seems to drag at times.

But on the other hand it feels like this (as well as Legion of Three Worlds) is singularly designed to answer fan requests for stuff...and I'm OK with that. Max Mercury appears to no longer be dead, for example. Wally doesn't appear to be getting shunted out, but is instead 'Family Flash'. The Reverse-Flash monologue about Barry being made into a martyr was pretty good. Jay and Bart taking down Zoom was also a nice touch.

The only party I didn't like was the whole 'it all started with you' stuff, which felt really pigeon-holed...especially with the idea that it goes backwards through the timeline, so Jay and Max are actually results of Barry's power. Whuh? Ah well, that'll prolly be forgotten soon enough.

Let's start beating Zoom down, OK?

Date: 2009-08-27 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] comicoz.insanejournal.com
I thought Max wasn't dead but trapped in the speed force and hand someone else riding shotgun in his mind?

Date: 2009-08-27 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wizardru.insanejournal.com
Sort of, yes. He was possessed by 'The Rival' and his spirit thrown into the speed force while said villain stole his body. The Rival has not been seen since then. Max was revealed to be in the speed force during Infinite Crisis and then was freed in the latest Flash: Rebirth (though he nearly died first).

Mostly, his story and arc suffer from total neglect. A Flash writer habit, regrettably.

Date: 2009-08-28 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] comicoz.insanejournal.com
Ah, ok I was mostly on target then.

Does this mean that Max is... Deadman!Flash basically now? A disembodied super fast spirit (how fast is a ghost, anyway? Same as a European swallow?)

Date: 2009-08-29 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] btravage.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
Maybe without his soul, Max Mercury's body lost contact with the Speed Force and just withered away, killing the Rival along with it. And now when he returned from the Speed Force, his spirit simply materialized a new body out of the ambient energy surrounding him.

I'd like my No-Prize now.

Date: 2009-08-28 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlroberson.insanejournal.com
Zoom should be beaten down, then brought back in time, beaten again, rinse, repeat.

In fact, that's what Barry should do. Smash Zoom's face forever.

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