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Flash #228

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2005
By: Michael Bailey



"Finish Line Part Two: The Summoner"

Writer: Joey Cavalieri
Artists: Val Semeiks (p), Livesay (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


Plot: Fearing for the life of his children, Wally West tracks down a device known as the Summoner to help his newfound friends from another dimension. When he finally hands the device over to them the real villain of the piece steps forward and makes his presence known.

Commentary: This issue was definitely better than the last installment. Cavalieri has stepped up the pace a bit, and it made for a better reading experience. The "spells" Wally kept having were disorienting and kind of took me out of the story from time to time, but I think that this was Cavalieri's intent.

The revelation of the real villain was well done even if I already knew who it was. (Ah, Previews. I remember when plot points like this could still be a surprise. I'm not complaining, just waxing nostalgic.) Vandal Savage is always a fun villain to play with, and his connection to Wally West goes back almost two decades. I think Cavalieri chose to make him a little too much like Ra's Al Ghul, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

In The End: This was much better than the last issue, but it still feels a bit off. There is something about Cavalieri's version of Wally West that doesn't sit too well with me. It is in the realm of possibility that I am simply missing Geoff Johns on the title, but I believe that is only a small part of it. This story is getting more interesting and now that Kid Flash and Jay Garrick are involved it has a lot of potential.



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