Today’s Super Comic — The Flash #134 (1998)

flash_v-2_134The original Flash takes over for an issue in #134, and it’s an enjoyable change of pace.

The then-current Flash, Wally West, sustained a serious leg injury in the previous storyline, so Jay Garrick comes out of semi-retirement to fill in during Wally’s recovery. And playing the hero again is an absolute hoot for the old man, making it fun for the reader, too. He gets to run around and knock the stuffing out of bad guys, speak to a classroom of children, catch up with old friends, and still make time to celebrate his golden wedding anniversary.

As the cover says, the issue is framed as “a day in the life.” And his overarching goal throughout this otherwise episodic day is to save an old enemy who has become a friend. It’s not so easy, though. His friend, known as the Thinker back during World War II, is dying of a brain tumor…but maybe, just maybe if Jay can find the man’s old thinking cap, the Thinker will be able to devise a cure for his tumor…

Even in his golden years, Jay can still learn a lesson about the limits of what a superhero can accomplish. A solid done-in-one story.

Writers: Mark Millar and Grant Morrison

Penciler: Paul Ryan

Inker: John Nyberg

Cover: Steve Lightle

Publisher: DC Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in The Flash by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 10 and up