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The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #13

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #13Right up front I have to say that this series hasn’t been great. While I don’t think that it was as awful as some bloggers have made it out to be, it certainly hasn’t lived up to its potential. The first couple of issue were rather boring. It’s been getting better, but not very fast.

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Still, it’s a shame that it was canceled. I’ve always liked Bart. He was a fun character. Sometimes this was carried to extremes and he was more silly than fun, but for the most part I’ve enjoyed how the writers have portrayed him. I wasn’t wild about the idea of aging him again and making him the Flash, but I was willing to see how things went.

They didn’t go very well. When this book began Dan Didio hinted that the first Flash we saw wouldn’t necessarily be the one that stuck around. In hindsight this tells me that they knew from the start of the book that Bart would end up dieing.

Now some writers might take that as an opportunity and use it to tell a really griping story where the characters change and grow. After all, if you know the character is going to die soon, what’s the harm in trying something new? If it doesn’t work, well the characters dies and you move on. If it does work, you’ve created something to be proud of. Maybe that’s what the original creators on this book wanted to do. We’ll never know though as they were yanked off of it pretty quick.

Now don’t get me wrong. I think Marc Guggenheim was doing a pretty good job at bringing life back into the book. Unfortunately it was a case of too little too late, resulting in a book that was just full of lost opportunities.

I would have been interested in seeing stories of a younger Bart trying to be taken seriously as the Flash. Or, if he had to be aged, it would have been nice to see him have to deal with that. I know that I wasn’t ready to be an adult when I was 12 (or whatever age Bart was supposed to be as Kid Flash.) Just because his body aged didn’t mean that he had the experience necessary to deal with it. Oh well.

In spite of all of that, this final issue was done well for the most part. I have some minor quibbles about Bart thinking he can escape death by killing Inertia – not exactly an idea that a hero should have – but at least it was only a fleeting thought. When the chips were down he did do the right thing and save the day at the cost of his own life, and the reaction shots of Tim, Jay and Jesse were a nice touch.

I’ll miss Bart. R.I.P. Kid Flash.

This isn’t the end of the story. All Flash picks up where this left off and then Mark Waid returns to write the further adventures of Wally West. Here’s an interview with him that talks about his return.

http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/wizard/004909187.cfm

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