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The Flash: Crossfire Paperback – March 1, 2004
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Gr. 9-12. The Flash is one of comic books' most durable heroes--or, more precisely, concepts--since the name Flash, as well as the ability to move at blinding speed, has been applied to three different characters since 1939. What the various incarnations share, in addition to swiftness, is a rogue's gallery of colorfully costumed supervillains. In this story arc from the monthly Flash comic, eight of those rogues have joined forces to take over Flash's town of Keystone City. As if that weren't enough, the Thinker, an artificial intelligence with a personality--a walking computer virus of sorts--is attempting to absorb the minds of the city's inhabitants, including Flash's. Writer Johns demonstrates his ability to reinvigorate the series' classic elements, although the nearly nonstop battling leaves almost no room for subplots. The artwork, mostly by Scott Kolins, is detailed and dynamic, with the fight scenes--the crux of this arc--particularly well choreographed. Teens will appreciate it as mainstream superhero fare, executed with complexity and flair. Gordon Flagg
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So the rogues have this huge network, an underground society that arms crooks, buy, sell and trading goes on, and the flash never knew, now the crap hits the fan, it's outed, the rogues are gunning for him like never before, an army of crooks, but that's not all, there is an old villain named goldface who has reformed and now runs a union in town, but is he really on the up and up? what's his connection to the underground network and their evil leader?
then the city across the bridge is infected by a living computer who plans to turn the world into his slaves, and caught in the middle? the flash can he save two cities, stop all hell from breaking loose on the world and save his wife and family?
Johns does yet again a great job with the writing, even the little characters like the cops gets you on the edge of your seat and you might even say "hey give me more of the cops" when they switch back to the flash, and all the villains are fleshed out, even the union leader is great, so many characters, and you still love them all, and none are wasted, none are just props.
if you love flash or just want a great story then get this, and the other geoff johns flash trades
Flash: blood will run #170-176, Flash Secret Files #3
Flash: Rogue #177-182
Flash: Blitz #192-200
Flash: Ignition #201-206
A new force, the Thinker, has turned up, and wants to use all of Keystone City in his own processing machine.
After this is over, James Jesse starts doing a little Rogue recruiting for the FBI, as does Captain Cold, for his own purposes.