Thursday, April 11, 2013

Why Impulse Gets So Bored

"Why Impulse Gets So Bored" from Impulse #19 (DC, 1996) by Mark Waid, Tom Peyer, Humberto Ramos and Wayne Faucher
Instead of one big panel, a lot of little panels today, but they do make a whole.

How great was Impulse? So great is a DAMN SHAME they ever aged him and turned him into the Flash. That's where he first appeared, of course, Barry Allen's grandson from the future, a hyperactive superhero with superspeed. Mark Waid's Flash was brilliant, and spinning Impulse off into a book that could play to Bart's comic strengths was even more brilliant. Best of all, for me anyway, was the inclusion of Max Mercury as his mentor. But could even the speed force guru find a way to give Bart some discipline? Humberto Ramos was the perfect artist for the book too - fun and young-looking. Flashpoint made me believe we'd see a proper Impulse in the New52, but alas, Bart as Kid-Flash isn't really the same. Not at all the same, in fact.

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