FLASH #7

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It is a battle with speed against ice. Will valour be enough to suffice? The Flash thinks this is true - Captain Cold wants to go to the loo - and Dr Elias wants to experiment on mice. Or maybe he wants to experiment on the creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato; with Publisher: DC Comics in 2012 instead? Worth a shot.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
In 'Into the Light', I am afraid to say that our super-fast hero wearing the bright red-pajamas - the Flash - is in a right cosmic pickle all in all.

You see, his current battle with the frigid felon, Captain Cold, has both positive and negative connotations associated with it. On a good note, he saves one half of the falling ship (which includes Patty and Iris) and captures Cold too. Whilst, on a bad note, to try to curb Iris fret about Barry's disappearance, Flash tells her that he is on the safe half of the ship, which then inadvertently gets sucked into a wormhole he mistakenly created.    

Opps!

What now follows is all to do with reaction / counteraction: (1) Whilst trying to help Dr Elias power up 'The Treadmill', the Flash deliberately goes nova and gets sucked into the Speed Force to find the 'half-boat'. (2) In Africa, some shamanistic gorillas speak about impending doom. (3) Captain Cold gets a good telling off by his sister. (3) Patty and Director Singh talk about the trouble that the Flash has wrought their city. And  (4) The Flash gets in trouble in the time stream.

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I liked Flash's after-fight dialogue with Captain Cold the best, because it basically sums up his ideology of crime-fighting.

"I'm sorry about your sister Leonard, but no matter how much we hurt... we know where to draw the line. You sister is one of thousands in Hospital suffering right now during a city blackout. I'm working on a solution to help them all".

Narcosis beware, huh?

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I'm the type of a chap that pick's up a flavour or a tone from a particular story whist reading it. You know what I mean by this, right? A sad story is sometimes melancholy. A dynamic story is sometimes bold and brash. And as for this issue of the Flash? Well, I have to say that the tone is an earnest one. It's as though this tale came from farming land to set-up shop in a blue-collar capital. That's the earnest vibe I got from this issue, and a good one it was too.    

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
No much to moan about really. Except that Patty's character seems to be venturing into 'anti-hero' territory now, which I am not too keen on myself. It has been done too many times before, right? Still, prior to my judgement, I have to wait and see where this goes.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: There were a lot of little Easter eggs all other the place in this story, making me smile at this issue's creativity. Such as: (1) The flutes in Director Singh's apartment may denote that the Pied Piper is back on this book. (2) Lisa Snarts damaged nervous system could also denote the Twister is on the rise. (3) Do you know what talking Gorilla's denotes? Monkeys on the march, Ye-Haw!

ART: Manapul's art is just class on this book. In this particular issue I liked the frosty sheen on Captain Cold when he was covered in water. Plus that Monkey scene made me smile because it looked so good. 

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
PATTY: For this science-chick, you need a gal who is blonde, cute, and can play horny and honey at a drop of a hat. No problem-o. Elisha Cuthbert's your man... errr... I mean woman. 

IRIS: So for Barry's pre-DCnU girl pal, you need an actress with a drive in her eyes, a side-parting in her hair, and a way about her that scream "I know I'm pretty". Liv Tyler? Yeah - Liv Tyler.
   
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
How To Dig Yourself Into A Deeper Speed-Force A Step At A Time, But Was Afraid To Ask.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Aesthetically, this story is about a man who wants to do the right thing, but ends up messing it up as he goes along, correct? So what about the Woody Allen film "Anything Else"?




FINAL thoughts...
After reading the last two issues, I have to say that this series has jumped up a notch or five in my 'monthly must read pull list'. The story's are well presented. The art has a nice simple tone. And all in all this is a great book.

I still want to know what is happening with Wally though! I have not forgotten about him!

MARKS out of 10? 9