DC Universe Presents: Fabian Nicieza, Jorge Jimenez, Guy Major, Dezi Sienty, Ryan Sook, Scott Lobdell
Not since Flashpoint’s “Kid Flash: Lost” mini-series has Bart had his very own title. It’s a shame that this DC Universe Presents arc is only one issue long. Could neither Nicieza nor DC Comics be persuaded to keep us fans excited for a couple issues more? Savage got 3 issues. Hell, that awful Challengers arc had 3 terrible issues. Bart only gets one? Anyway, being the “go-to” Bart Allen fan on the internet (self-appointed), there were things about this issue I liked, and things I didn’t. But, overall, it was a good issue, and I’m glad Kid Flash got his moment to shine — and shine he did.
The story picks up from the end of Teen Titans 11, where Bart’s discovered dino-people in Chinatown. He gives chase and makes friends with on named Dac. They decide to find her friends, Teryx and Steg. What I think was interesting about this whole thing was how Bart didn’t seem to have any trouble turning Dac and Teryx from foes into friends. I suppose that’s attributable to Bart’s likability, but when it came to Teryx, it seemed too easy.
Then again, Bart did really overpower him. A couple of my favorite parts come from that — where Bart says he was holding back, and then unleashes — and where Bart tries to convince Dac that he doesn’t do everything fast. This is hilarious because of the constant jokes I’ve heard over the years about superspeedsters in the sack. Another of the best parts come from Bart’s interaction with the police on the scene. Nothing but honestly funny stuff here.
At the end, it feels like the book is trying to introduce us to Teryx as a new on-going character. While it might be interesting to have him on the team as a Teen Titan, I really don’t think they’re going in that direction. So it makes me think more that he’s going to be one of those back-stories at the end of the next issue or few of Teen Titans. That’s not something I’m interested in or looking forward to. I would have rather the story continue on into the next DC Universe Presents issue, really. With or without Bart (preferably with, come on).
The only other thing that caught me off-guard with this issue was how Bart was thinking so romantically at the beginning. Now, I have no clue what the relaunch has done to Bart’s aging process and all that (though we do know he’s still from the future). But I guess even preboot they had Bart in romantic relationships - just not a lot. What Lobdell’s been doing with Bart and Kiran is good, because it’s believable, after all they’ve done together…which reminds me of Bart and Carol from the Impulse book. That ALL having been said…Nicieza does add a disclaimer at the beginning by having Bart say, “Continuity doesn’t really matter! Clarity is overrated!” So he kind of wrote himself an “out,” as it were.
Finally, the last thing I liked about this issue, is the art. And I mean the interiors, not the cover. I loved the tease cover issue Sook did and released prior, but this cover makes Bart look WEIRD. Maybe it’d be better without the red mask eyes (I always hated that design decision). Jimenez does a great job of capturing — as I’ve said before — Bart’s ever-emotive face. The expressions we see in this issue are classic Bart. Everything else is done very well, too, I say. Major does a great job on colors too. One thing I didn’t understand was why Dac appeared to be wearing a dino suit. Her wings are stitched together, and her face is in the middle of beak, instead of actually being the head. Weird.
DC Universe Presents #12, the verdict: It’s a well put-together issue, I’ll say that much. I did enjoy it, and I did find myself laughing at Bart’s rambunctious behavior. Nicieza did a great job in capturing his spirit. I would definitely like to see him tackle an ongoing Bart arc or something. He talks a lot, he’s all over the place, and he’s referential as crazy. It makes me want to read Impulse again, so that’s good. Jimenez’s art is a god-send when you think about some of the artists that could have been assigned here. Just look at that first splash page where Bart’s air-tackling Dac. His face is perfect. I know I’m going to continue to enjoy this issue in the months to come.
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