Look at that gorgeous cover by Jesus Saiz. The fastest man alive and the Second World War’s most famous fliers, racing towards the reader. So how disappointed am I that when Barry Allen lands in the past there are just a few speed feats and no actual flying? Not a HAWKAAA-AAA to be heard.
Not at all, because there’s lots of physical action and even more character action. For this is Barry Allen faced with having to break one of the basic codes of the Silver Age superhero – his vow against killing. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are on the run without access to their famed fighter planes and wondering if they can trust the garishly garbed stranger who claims to come from the future.
J Michael Straczynski gives us another team-up as entertaining as it is thoughtful. Circumstances mean his Barry Allen can’t depend on his patented super-speed feats, bringing the moral dilemma. If he doesn’t accept a gun from Blackhawk, and help defend the group against Nazis, they may all die and the war could be lost. If he accepts the gun he might lose himself.
Saiz is an equal partner here, providing page after page of sumptuous work. Never mind the way he moves men and equipment across a page, I could look at his winter scenes all day. Trish Mulvihill’s colours makes the linework pop, while letterer Rob Leigh gets to show off a bit on the title page before settling in to quietly ply his craft.
Apparently this comic isn’t selling great guns. It should be.