The Flash #243

This issue wraps up the Spin storyline and all of its various dangling plot threads, including the massively accelerated aging of Wally (Flash) West's daughter, Iris. Jai (Iris' brother) and Iris have been intermittently aging, gaining new powers along the way.

Tricked by the machinations of Grodd (following a mental beat-down from Spin) Flash has brought his family to Gorilla City only to watch his daughter age exponentially and die. Realizing Grodd is still playing tricks upon him, Flash determines how to counter Grodd's actions and sets about trying to return his daughter to her previous age.

Peyer's story is loaded with Schwartz/Fox-ian pseudo-science and once more investigates Wally's connection to the Speed Force -â€" a theme that has stretched throughout Wally's run as the bearer of the Flash mantle. The issue, and the story, wrap up nicely, clearing the stage for the next creative team to touch upon the Flash as DC fills the space until "Flash: Rebirth" hits the stands in 2009.

Williams' art is solid but unpolished, as there are several panels where the characters seem to be floating on backgrounds that were almost generated as afterthoughts. That said, Williams does a fabulous job of maintaining consistency for the characters throughout the issue as he did throughout his run. With the exception of little Nzame (toddler gorillas are not easy to render by any means) and the gorillas all walking completely upright, Williams delivers gorillas that look like gorillas, which is, for some odd reason, a special talent as many artists cannot seem to render apes with accuracy.

Overall, the story was decent, but I cannot help but feel that Peyer may not have been given the best opportunity to show his stuff on this title.

It is quite a shame that the information age has spoiled the "secrecy" of the comic world so massively, as it seems all but given that this current volume of "The Flash" will almost certainly give way to a new title following Geoff Johns' and Ethan Van Sciver's take on the Scarlet Speedster. Just as readership fell from the previous Flash volume (featuring Bart Allen under the crimson cowl), it seems almost inevitable that history will repeat itself, despite the promise of invested stories from Alan Burnett and Paco Diaz. I've been with this volume of "The Flash" since issue #1, and I plan to see it through. Hopefully, I'm wrong and the title will continue well past 2009. We'll just have to keep reading to find out.

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