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So what’s the STORY morning glory?
This issue of the Flash, entitled 'Best Served Cold', is a time-lapsed narrative which flimflams between the present and the past.
PRESENT: The Flash fights a supercharged Captain Cold on an icy ocean floor, whist ships encased in frost looms over them both.
PAST: Patty wants Barry to get Iris to help her out on a 'cold case' she is currently investigating.
PRESENT: Within one of these encased ships are Patty and Iris.
PAST: Captain Cold is mighty p*ssed off at the moment, because the EMP blast which has now been blamed onto the Flash, is inadvertently causing his comatose sister to die. Moreover, Barry, Iris, and Patty, meet up on a ship in the middle of the ocean, and talk about Patty's case, until...
PRESENT: ... Captain Cold strikes. Worst still, is that during his subsequent battle with the Flash, both Patty and Iris seemingly plunge to their deaths.
To be continued...
When Patty and Barry were on the coach together, and Patty explained to him the real reason behind their get away, I liked the tail end of this conversation. I felt that it was very relatable to me on a personal level.
BARRY: I think it's kind of cute.
PATTY: Cute, huh? Would have preferred 'Hot' or 'Sexy'... but thanks.
Sometimes in life you never really know what to say for the best, right lads?
What was the BEST thing about this issue?
There were two great things about this issue all in all. Firstly, the novelistic technique of past and present tales really worked well within this story, because it forced the reader to piece everything together as the story went along. And secondly, the cliff-hanger did really feel like a 'real' cliff-hanger, due to the fact of how it was presented, having some sense of urgency and relevancy behind it.
What was the WORST thing about this issue?
I am afraid to say that the only slight gripe I did have with this issue, was that the whole Dr. Elias section did come across as just exposition within this tale - and not very nice exposition at that.
What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: As I mentioned previously, the time-lapse structure of this tale, plus the sense that 'the girls' are in trouble, did elevate this story way-way-way into the hemisphere. Honestly, with each turn of the page I was getting sucked into this story, just like a thing that really likes to be sucked a lot (make up your own jokes). Class.
ART: I've been meaning to mention this for quite some time now, but I do like it when Francis does his 'Will Eisner' at the beginning of the book, and inserts 'DC Comics Presents The Flash' within the page. Also, I thought that Captain Cold's costume was fairly decent too. Though I would have preferred his look with sleeves.
CAPTAIN COLD: Look at the picture on the side and then tell me that Billy Zane does not have the face of a cold hearted b*stard to you. He does, right?
PATTY: OK, I know that recently I have been picking a lot of the characters from the medial drama 'House' for this section. But I do honestly feel that Jennifer Morrison is the spit for this tasty CSI piece of skirt.
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Cold Is What You Will Feel Once You Reach The End Of This Story. Flash Fact.
If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
OK, so for this tale, you need something suspenseful, novelistic, clean in execution, and with some dynamic edge to it. Hmm? What about the Sting classic 'Fields Of Gold'?
It is pretty safe to say that I was just stoked with this issue overall. Bravo Brian and Francis, you have really shown me that you can now deliver on this series, and I am really starting to become quite intrigued how next issue will play out. It's going to be good.
MARKS out of 10? 9