DC Retroactive: The Flash – The ’70s 1 (September 2011)

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This Flash issue shows exactly what’s wrong with the whole DC Retroactive line… They aren’t actually trying to make good comics.

Now, I didn’t read a lot of Cary Bates Flash comics but I read enough to know Carmine Infantino drew them. So, to do a nice retro of them, DC should have hired someone who drew something like Infantino, right? Or at least someone distinct and stylized. Instead, they got Benito Gallego, who’s only distinct if one means incompetent.

Sadly, Bates’s script is completely fantastic. Grodd comes up with this incredibly evil pain involving heartbreak, cloning and gene-splicing. He even jokes about how he’s got to keep upping the evil ante because he’s the bad guy. It’s great.

It’s so great, one can put up with the Gallego pencils (I mean, instead of Sal Buscema, why didn’t DC get someone to fix them with inks?).

Flawed, but fabulous.

CREDITS

Son of Grodd; writer, Cary Bates; penciller, Benito Gallego; inker, Sal Buscema; colorists, Kevin Golden and Matthew Petz; letterer, Dezi Sienty; editors, Chynna Clugston Flores and Kwanza Johnson; publisher, DC Comics.

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