Flash #102 may be just two super-powered dudes fighting each other for an issue, but once in a while, when done right, that kind of thing can provide plenty of good dumb fun. And this is absolutely done right.
The rationale for this extended fight scene is to showcase the Flash’s enhanced powers following the events of the previous storyline. So he’s pitted against Mongul, a powerful alien in Superman’s weight class. That’s an excellent choice on writer Mark Waid’s part, as it allows the Flash to play the underdog while showing just how far he’s come in his development as a superhero.
This kind of all-out action presents an opportunity for the artist to shine, and penciler Oscar Jimenez rises to the occasion with appropriately kinetic panels that keep the brisk story moving along at just the right speed.
It’s not deep stuff, but it sure is fun.
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Oscar Jimenez
Inker: Jose Marzan Jr.
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Comixology
Appropriate For: ages 10 and up