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Whenever there is a man who is fast. It's a good idea to stop him with a blast. Unless that man is the Flash - who does make a bit of a slash - because his costume does slightly contrast. Now if you don't believe me, why don't you mention it to the creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, plus Publisher: DC Comics in February 2012.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
In this instalment of the Flash, the fasted man alive does whatever he can to save the Gem City's from going to hell in a hand-basket.

For a start, the Flash transports a train into Central City, so that the inhabitants can escape the City in safety. Next, he zooms over to 'Iron Heights' penitentiary, and saves Iris West and the prison guards from a riot that is ensue. And finally, he attempts to free his old pal, Manuel Lago, and scientist, Dr. Elias, from the clutches of Mob Rule.

However, I am afraid to say that this last escapade does not really go according to plan. You see, flash interrupts am electromagnetic experiment currently in motion, which inadvertently causes the following two dilemmas. (1) Mob Rule seemingly perishes, and makes way for an angry Manuel to flee his confinement. (2) Dr Elias explains to the Flash that he was the person whom causes the black-out to begin with. The solution - kill the Speed Force.

To be continued, right?  

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
OK, I have to admit, I am a sucker for a shock ending - most notably...

FLASH: Are you saying that my powers are tearing away at the very fabric of space and time?
DR ELIAS: Every time you run, you risk bringing us closer to oblivion. I am sorry to say this Flash... we've got to destroy the Speed Force.

Now if this was a soap-opera, I am sure that this would be the queue for a dramatic score. BA-DANG!

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I liked the simple execution of this tale overall. No little tricks - no long-winded explanations - just the Flash running like a banana to save his town. Also, the dramatic twist at the end was a nice surprise to boot, huh? What next I wonder.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Tonally, there was something not quite right with this issue. Now I can not really put my finger on what that something actually was at the moment. But I do know that it has something to do with the lack of character that this liner tale brings along with it. A pedestrian favor as it were.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: In my opinion, the twist at the end of this story is the main creative feature this tale has. Granted, the story was fairly nice in the reading. But if it was not for the whole 'Speed Force' fighting 'Time' angle that Dr Elias pitched in at the end... err... de-nadda-loco. 

ART: By in large I do not mind the artistic efforts plied upon the Flash. However, in places, I do find that the inking and the art-style somewhat inconsistent. Sometimes the shading is heavy and flat, whereas at other times, it is diluted and sparse. Moreover, I am reminded of the age old artistic proverb - Red and Green should never be seen.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
MANUEL LAGO: Doesn't this double-isous crack pot look like Santiago Cabrera to you? The actor who played Isaac Mendez in season one of Heroes.

DR ELIAS: This quack scientist would be great if he was played by someone like the current Doctor Who, Matt Smith, because they both have that 'I know what I am taking about' attitude about them. Plus bad hair.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Many hands don't make for light work, unless it is done in a Flash.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Conceptually, this issue felt like a bridging story between the current one and whatever is going to happen next. So with that in mind, I would have to say 'Back to the Future Part II'.

Well, time is involved with them both, right?

FINAL thoughts...
Now I know that I have been somewhat critical with my views on this issue, but I have to admit that it was a fairly decent read through out. Still, in the future I would like to see some more personality thrown into the mix, plus some clarification on back-story and status.

You guys and girls know what I mean, right?   

MARKS out of 10? 8

FLASH #5 FLASH #5 Reviewed by David Andrews on February 10, 2012 Rating: 5
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