Writer: Mike Baron
Penciller: Jackson Guice
Inker: Larry Mahlstedt
Letterer: Steve Haynie
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Cover Date: June 1987
For this week’s Review Corner, I’ll take a look at 1987’s The Flash # 1. For the Scarlet Speedster, the mid-80s brought a lot of change to the character, starting with Barry Allen dying in the pages of “Crisis On Infinite Earths” and Wally West (aka Kid Flash) taking on the mantle and this series follows Wally as he does his best to being an amazing hero outside of The Teen Titans as well as making Barry proud. While this premiere issue is devoid of any of the typical “Good Guy takes on The Bad Guy in a vicious fight” romp, it’s worth noting that the issue makes up for it by showing a hero at his best as Wally is contacted by a hospital to deliver a heart to a patient in need of a transplant and like how Mike Baron dives right into getting at the heart of Wally, whenever it’s him doubting himself as a hero or having to deal with people still recognizing him as Kid Flash, this was the perfect starting point to Wally’s adventures and the trials and tribulations he’ll face as the series progresses.
Jackson Guice turns in some amazing artwork and with Larry Mahlstedt’s ink, the combination alone makes it absolutely perfect. Always felt that Guice was at his best when it comes to drawing Flash and Iron Man.
This issue was a great way that DC presented the readers with new possibilities and new beginnings for their greatest heroes in the Post-Crisis era and while Barry Allen was missed during this time, we knew that the legacy of The Fastest Man Alive was still enduring with Wally West at the mantle.
Next week I’ll take another look at a classic comic so thanks for sticking around and I’ll see you all next time.