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Impulse: Reckless Youth (The Flash (II) issues 92-94)
Raised in a virtual-reality lab in the 30th century, young Bart Allen has arrived in our era to learn what the real world is like. After being saved from death by the Flash, Impulse settles down to attend junior high school and be trained by Max Mercury, mysterious Zen master of speed. Can Bart manage to balance a superhero identity and high school in an era he's not famil ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by DC Comics
(first published September 1995)
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I might've given this a 3 for "liked it but not extraordinary," but actually it avoids all the boring teen stuff I was expecting and does a good version of a sidekick story. I originally had doubts about insisting Impulse go to public middle school, but I actually see that he does need to learn how to associate with humans and that it's helping him rather than being stupid. And MAX MERCURY IS THE BEST. Expectation: Adults being stupid and causing all the teenager's problems. Reality: AWESOME DUD ...more
Eh. I got this because I've been catching up on Flash. This was divided into two parts. The first half was the origin of Bart Allen from the Flash comics. The second half was the start of the Impulse solo series that takes place much later. I really enjoyed the Flash part, but the Impulse solo series was a little flat. It felt like a ripoff Robin story. Not great. Plus there's no middle. Apparently Flash training Impulse and subsequently taking him to stay with Max Mercury happens in some issues ...more
Impulse is one of the best and most fun superheroes of all time! This isn't the best and most fun collection of all time - the first half is a necessarily-incomplete chunk of the Flash storyline where Impulse was introduced, while the second is his solo series finding its footing - but it is very good and lots of fun. Recommended if you like superhero slice-of-life and enthusiastic dogooders.
Oct 15, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: impulse fans, the flash fans, smallville fans
Best way to introduce Impulse. He grew up without a guardian, just plugged into a virtual reality. I read this to learn of the "beginnings" of Impulse, because I had no idea how he originally got started when he went from future to present.
Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his eight-year run as writer of the DC Comics' title The Flash, as well as his scripting of the limited series Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright, and his work on Marvel Comics' Captain America.More about Mark Waid...
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