This Week’s Digital Flash(back)s: Gold and Alchemy

Flash #72: Solid Gold

This week’s ComiXology back-issues include Flash #72-73 and Impulse #33-34.

Flash #72 concludes the two-parter with The Alchemist, a short-lived successor to Dr. Alchemy, and is also the issue in which Wally West and Linda Park start dating. Flash #73 features the return of Jay Garrick to the title after the Justice Society’s years in limbo, and what was at the time a shocking last page that led directly in to “The Return of Barry Allen.”

The Return of Barry Allen itself is already available, launched during the Flash 101 sale last year, as is the following storyline, “Back on Track,” in which Wally teams up with Nightwing and Starfire. That means that as of this week, the first 83 issues of Wally West’s Flash series are all available online. No doubt next week ComiXology will jump ahead to #84.

Impulse #33: Thanksgiving

I don’t remember anything about Impulse #33, and as fun as the cover is, it doesn’t jog my memory of the contents. The title is “Time Out,” so it might be the one where Bart’s school’s new guidance counselor calls Max and Helen in to go over Bart Allen’s guardianship. (It’s funnier than it sounds.) ComiXology describes it as featuring the return of White Lightning, and the kids dealing with the missteps of the school’s new social worker.

Impulse #34 is the first half of “The Devonian Age,” a story in which Bart and Max Mercury get caught up in a time travel experiment gone wrong (don’t they always?) and have to try to repair history from the butterfly effect.

4 thoughts on “This Week’s Digital Flash(back)s: Gold and Alchemy

  1. Kyer

    God, I want Bart back as Impulse. Why, oh why, couldn’t the Relaunch have had Bart as Impulse? They could even have had Irey as well with an exasperated Bart trying to ditch his newest and youngest fangirl. I’d have so gone for that.

    1. Kyer

      Btw, just got my copy of DC52 Flash vol 1 in. It wasn’t shrinked wrapped like I expected so did a quick flip through the pages to make sure nothing was torn or otherwise damaged in shipping. I did linger on two small panels though because…

      Does anyone else dislike the ‘lightining’ effect on the new costume? Otherwise I like it a lot, but the lightning faults just annoy me. Especially on the head where they remind me of those silly antennae on Marvel’s Giant Man costume. THAT reminds me the the debut for Jay Garrick’s costume helmet was a lot similar to Antman’s. Is someone in DC a secret fan of the original Avengers?

  2. Javi

    So disappointed in the art for #72 when it came out. Says LaRocque on the cover and it so clearly isn’t. I wish an alternate version existed with his art on this pivotal Wally/Linda issue.

  3. Golddragon71

    Well, it looks like Comixology’s taking a break from Volume 3 of wally’s run and is instead concentrating on Hal’s Run as Green Lantern particularly The 1990-2004 GL series as well as the run from 1976-86

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