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DC Retroactive: The Flash-The 70s #1

August 2, 2011

Title: Son of Grodd

Writer: Cary Bates
Pencils:
Benito Gallego
Inks:
Sal Buscema
Colorist:
Kevin Golden
Letterer:
Dezi Sienty
Cover Artist:
Benito Gallego & Sal Buscema
Editor:
Kwanza Johnson
Publisher:
DC Comics

Of the various Retroactive one-shots DC has released, Cary Bates seems to be the one who’s done the most with the concept. While this isn’t as good as his Justice League of America special, it’s a step up from many of the other Retroactive titles. Gorilla Grodd’s latest plan involves the genetic creation of a son, as well as the need for a human female to be the child’s mother. Using his vast mental powers in the hopes of both defeating and humiliating the Flash, he chooses Barry Allen’s wife, Iris. The story slowly builds from here, ultimately reaching a point of almost Shakespearian tragedy. The Son of Grodd becomes a character to be pitied in some ways, while still being incredibly dangerous. Bates and Gallego do a nice job of emulating the comics of the time period, while at the same time tackling some of the subjects in a way that’s a bit more adult than you would have expected at the time.

Like all the Retroactive specials, this one has a back-up from the time period in question, but it’s a very odd choice…

Title: Race to the End of Time (From DC Comics Presents #2)

Writer: Martin Pasko
Art:
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez with Dan Adkins
Colorist:
Jerry Serpe
Letterer:
Clem Robins
Editor:
Julius Schwartz

In case you didn’t know, back in the day DC Comics Presents was the Superman team-up title, pairing the Man of Steel with a different hero (or even, on occasion, villain) each issue. In this tale, Superman and the Flash wind up in a race to the future, both of them being used as pawns on the opposite side of an alien war, even as the Flash’s old foe Professor Zoom (the Reverse-Flash) throws his own monkey wrenches into the fray. The story is fine, but its inclusion in this issue is simply baffling. The other Retroactive specials have chosen back-up stories by the same writer as the original, or having similar themes or villains, but this seems to be an utterly random choice. And of all the Flash tales  of the era, why go with his team-up in Superman’s book? It’s just strange to me. Not bad, but strange.

Rating: 7/10

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