Hold on to your hats, Bart fans! This issue of TEEN TITANS is a big one for Kid Flash…and the results are certainly not what you may expect!
LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY
The fight is on between the forces led by Bar Torr and the Functionary, with the Titans caught squarely in the middle! The Jon Lane Kent Superboy uses the opportunity to cut loose for a little extra mayhem…while realizing that if things don’t change we will soon die himself due to the mutual rejection of his human and Kryptonian DNA. This battle continues to get worse, with Bar firmly believing in what he is doing, and the Titans doing their best to end the killing. There is an end to all of this from a surprising source, and an ending that effectively takes not one, but TWO Titans out of action.
Your opinion of this tale will rest largely on whether you can put the pre-New52 Bart Allen out of your mind. Taken at face value, Scott Lobdell has written a powerful and gut-wrenching story of a freedom fighter who has taken his fight too far. The book is illustrated exceptionally well by Scott McDaniel, Tyler Kirkham, and Art Thibert. It is a remarkable tale on it’s own merit, and if you don’t attempt to reconcile this character with things that happened before “FLASHPOINT”, it is a well-crafted story. However, if you want to remember the “old” Bart Allen, this is not the story for you. More than possibly any other character in the New 52, Bart Allen has been transformed in his basic nature, going from from a bounce-off-the-walls “impulsive” kid into a tragic figure with massive amounts of blood on his hands. That change is certainly jarring for anyone who read the “old” Bart, and I certainly hope at some point in time there may be some measure of redemption available for this character.