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Leaving Proof 6 | “The Flash: Time Flies” review
Published on Thursday, October 21, 2010 by

[Author’s note: The text in this article originally appeared on on 05 August 2010 and may have had its content changed or edited since its initial online publication]

The Flash: Time Flies
  • Flash Time Flies cover(48 pages, published by DC Comics in 2002)
  • Writer: John Rozum
  • Artist: Seth Fisher
  • Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
  • Colorist/Separator: Chris Chuckry
  • Cover Price: $5.95 US/$9.95 CAN

Time Flies 1I was never really too interested in the Flash growing up. Oh, I’m familiar enough with the basic premise of the character, the various comic book incarnations (Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West), and I’ve watched just about every small-screen version of the character at one time or another (yes, even the short-lived 1990s The Flash TV series starring a muscle suit-wearing John Wesley Shipp as the eponymous character). Still, I think it says a lot about my interest in the character as a comic book property that my favourite version of the Flash is the Justice League Unlimited cartoon version.

While Rozum and Fisher’s work on The Flash: Time Flies hasn’t made me a fan of the character (I think it’s too much to ask from the pair over the course of just 48 pages), it’s strong enough that my unfamiliarity with the comic book Flash circa 2002 isn’t a hindrance to enjoying the book. The narrative revolves around the Flash dealing with the problem of time mysteriously speeding up and the universe heading towards its inevitable collapse at an accelerated rate. Time Flies 2Right away, you know that this isn’t a superhero book that’s taking itself too seriously (that’s a good thing, by the way). The dialogue isn’t weighed down by the overwhelming quirk and annoying cleverness that characterized a lot of the superhero output from Marvel and DC during the first couple of years of the new century (think Millar’s Ultimates or Vaughan’s Runaways). More importantly, it’s fun and funny in all the right places.

The real draw for me here is the art by the late Seth Fisher, though. Fisher utilized a style reminiscent of European “clear line” artists, and his future world designs are steeped in equal parts surrealism, art nouveau, and psychedelic pop art. There’s a certain dream-like quality to the visuals that’s perfect for the story.

The art alone makes this a highly recommended book from me, especially since you can probably find it for well-below cover price these days (I got it for $5 CAN at my local comic book shop).

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