The Flash

Author: Geoff Johns
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP: £13.99
ISBN 1 84023 852 6
Available 23 April 2004

The Flash has opposed many costumed criminals in his career but when they team up, under the control of a new criminal known as Blacksmith, things go from tough to impossible. And when the artificial intelligence known as the Thinker makes his presence known, the Flash finds himself in the crossfire between the two sets of villains. Can the fastest man alive outrace or outthink someone in his own mind?...

Crossfire sees Keystone City under attack - with all of its residents incapacitated. A mysterious super villain is tapping into the minds of the locals in order to store information in their brains. But what is he storing? Also, who is the new Trickster on the streets? And what on earth does Clifford Devoe, aka The Thinker, really want from The Flash?

This collection has so many subplots that it's almost difficult to unravel the main plot. Now, this is not a complaint, far from it - these subplots help to keep the action thick and fast.

The script weaves masterfully between each mini-story, with an almost cinematic feel to it. And the artwork is also above average.

Crossfire will not only appeal to fans of The Flash, but will also be enjoyed by comic readers who like an engaging story.

Pete Boomer

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