By: Jeremy M. Kossak
Kid Flash continues his escape from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. with Solstice in his arms. Bart manages to secure Solstice, beat up a couple guards dressed like Sub-Zero, figure out a four digit code, and flee the scene in one magnificent splash page. Solstice questions Bart’s ability to run on ice, in the Antarctic, just before he slips and lets her go. Now would be a great time for Solstice to fly. Meanwhile Miguel Barragan hops a freight car he learns is joined by a hobo and Skitter in a cocoon. Also, Cassie (Wonder Girl) confronts one of the brothers calling himself “Thrice”. After a brief scene of Solstice saving KF, we see Miguel talking to the hobo just before they start fighting. Miguel doesn’t realize he’s about to fight Red Robin! When he does, he raves to Red Robin on how he’s what Miguel is looking for. The train stops and Red Robin and Miguel (now in his Bunker costume) see some of the townsfolk in some kind of trance. Red Robin flies off and encounters Detritus, a cybernetic creature that somehow gained intelligence. Back at the train, Skitter has come out of her cocoon.
This issue is all over the place! I liked the double page splash at the beginning. I’ve never seen anything like this done in a comic. I doubt it can be done with any other character than Kid Flash or the Flash himself. Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund do a great job putting the art in this issue together. The brief fight between Bunker and Red Robin seems a bit out-of-place, so does the one page scene with Cassie. Otherwise this is a solid issue. The involvement of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. (I’m annoyed every time I have to type that out!) and the promise of Superboy in the next issue has my interest. I’m hoping for a good crossover between Superboy and Teen Titans. Again the art is good, especially on the cover. Booth and Rapmund made it really eye catching.
Overall Grade: 7/10