Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Flash #4

Issue #4 gives us a pretty well thought-out explanation as to how Barry Allen survived the sequence of events from last month's comic, but most of this month's story is focused on explaining the history of Mob Rule.

Even if we don't get much of the Flash here, the backstory of Mob Rule (though gruemsome) is explains quite a bit. Manuel Lago was a super-spy who had been given regenerative abilities as part of a top secret government project (think Deadpool, without the tumors). However, when one of his mission went horribly wrong he was tortured for hours with limbs being cut-off his body as they regenerated. Eventually the various limbs grew into copies of him, and Mob Rule was born.

It bothers me that everyone is referring to Mob Rule by the same name when the group hasn't publicly ever used that name, but it's a comic book conceit I'm willing to let slide. Once again I'm impressed by how well-planned the story elements are from Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are every month.

And the art is gorgeous. Best of the week.

[DC, $2.99]

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