Well, this canâ€™t be good
Over the years, DC has put together some really great couples.Â Clark and Lois, Ralph and Sue, Ollie and Dinah, Batman and Robin. No, wait…
Way back when Tom Cruise was telling Renee Zellweger that she completes him, Wally West was proclaiming to Linda Park that she was his anchor; the one and only thing that keeps him from completely falling apart.Â Itâ€™s a crisis year isnâ€™t it?Â And Flashes tend to die, but no one said anything about their loved ones.Â I sense a dark disturbance in the Speed Force.
Yes, it is a sad day when Linda Park falls into a coma due to excessive bee stings brought on by an attack by the Queen Bee, Zazzala.Â Things arenâ€™t looking good, and as Wally sits by her side in the Justice League hostpital, he flashes back to all the highlights in their lives.Â For someone who has grown up watching Wally move from the ladies’ man to his courtship, and ultimate winning over, of Linda, these trips down memory lane are bitter sweet.
For those thinking now would be a good time to pick up the Flash and begin reading, as complex as the story is, this single issue catches the reader up on nearly everything they need to know about the last 15 years of the Flashâ€™s life.Â I know it doesnâ€™t cover EVERYTHING, but the moments that are covered are so tied into Linda and Wallyâ€™s relationship, that you do get the main points.
What makes this issue even more tragic is the fact that Linda and Wally just went through a huge period of stress as they worried about their children dying, and now the tables have turned.Â Like any great family, the Wests are together, even pulling a bed into the room for the kids to sleep in next to their mother.
itâ€™s odd that the Queen Bee is attacking Wally now.Â She hasnâ€™t been a player in some time, but when it is discovered that she has a device that can change time, Wally realizes it isnâ€™t a temporal manipulation device, but rather something that is tapping into the Speed Force, and may also be responsible for his recent speed reduction.Â This bit of information isnâ€™t just presented out of thin air, Batman shows up and asks Wally to use his speed to access Amanda Wallerâ€™s computers to get the low down.Â As much as Batman tries to be a bad ass all the time, he has the funniest and most sincere line in the whole issue when he tells Wally heâ€™ll find someone to watch over the kids while the Flash is away as, â€œIâ€™m not a face to wake up to.â€
Watching over the kids is Roy and his daughter Lian, as there is that long relationship between Roy and Wally, and since Lian is close to the same age, it gives the kids someone to play with instead of worrying about the possibility their mother could die at any moment.
As smart as Roy is, I still think he isnâ€™t the brightest bulb in the house, especially when Linda shows up on the playground healed completely, takes the childrenâ€™s hands, and begins to walk away.Â The moment it takes Roy to realize it isnâ€™t Linda is enough for a disguised Queen Bee to open a portal and port the children away to who knows where.Â This villain means business, and if Linda or the kids comes to any harm, Wally is going to go hyper-ballistic and I would bet break the biggest rule in the hero code.
When Linda, the REAL Linda, begins to crash, Wally is already off to the one person who may be able to help him – Raven.Â â€œTitans together alwaysâ€, seems to be an underlying theme throughout this issue.Â Even though Wally isnâ€™t aware at this point his kids have been abducted, Iâ€™m pretty sure his main priority would still be Linda.Â When her life was in danger once before The Spectre saved her.Â Of course that was the Hal Jordan Spectre and not the current Crispus Allen incarnation, and when Raven does open a gateway for Wally, Crispus breaks the sad news; he wonâ€™t save Lindaâ€™s life.
As great as this story is, it is also a real bummer.Â I donâ€™t want to see Linda die.Â As much as I think the West children are dragging down the series, I donâ€™t want to see them come to harm either.Â If these bad things come to pass, I see a dark dark time for the Scarlet Speedster.
Alan Burnettâ€™s writing is top notch in this issue.Â I really got into every minor plot point, and hung on to every word the characters spoke.Â Even better than Burnettâ€™s writing is the art by Carlo Barberi.Â I donâ€™t ever remember Linda being so well endowed before, and Wallyâ€™s abdominal cavity seems to be caved in a tad to much even for a runner, but everything else is really great.
Iâ€™ll be really disappointed if Linda bites it.Â I wonâ€™t blame Burnett, DiDio, or even Morrison (although he is the target for much DC hate lately), or anyone else if Linda does die.Â One of the things (oh no Mathewszplitix Iâ€™ll see you in 30 days!), that needs to occur in a really well told story is the natural evolution of the character.Â Wally has gone from playboy to husband to father, and along they way has really grown as a character.Â Perhaps it is time for him to become a widower, and begin the next step of his journey.
When Barry departed so many years ago, it may have been sudden and abrupt, but it was the right and best time.Â I think there are plenty of really great West Family tales that still need to be told, but this moment seems like it could be the right moment to cull the current cast list.Â Of course this all being comics, either A) Linda wonâ€™t die and this is a big swerve to tell the story of how Wally is Lindaâ€™s anchor, or B) Linda will be back to life in 90 days.Â Believe me I wonâ€™t be disappointed if the answer is A.
The Flash #246 is a really great issue, and Iâ€™m giving it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.