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Justice League Unlimited #12

Justice League Unlimited #12

Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 3, 2005

Cover date: October 2005

Writer: Adam Beechen
Penciller: Carlo Barberi
Inker: Carlo Barberi

"Old School"

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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I'm going to be slightly vague this month as for once I'm actually telling you it's worth buying!

This is issue is EXACTLY what I've wanted to see and EXACTLY what I've been harping on about for the past few months so all those who sent me hate mail - HAH!

Jay Garrick is attending an elementary school and is greeted by a runty little kid who proclaims that the real Flash is in the Justice League not the Justice Society.

Meanwhile Wally is battling the Mirror Master until he gets captured in a trap that he can't escape from. Unable to contact J'onn Wally attempts to use the Speed Force to contact Jay.

Jay suddenly dashes away from the brat to investigate the vague message from Wally and teleports to the JLU satellite.

He finds it deserted and flits through the CCTV footage. He discovers the League are trapped in the teleporter beam. You can teleport to the satellite but not back.

Jay flies to Earth in the Javelin finding a satellite beacon and Mirror Master upon his arrival. As with the child Mirror Master mocks Jay as a second rate Flash and a weak old man.

Jay is caught off guard by a device that hits him in the eyes and affects his body's ability to balance. In the nick of time however just as Mirror Master is about to throw Jay from a skyscraper Jay realigns his equilibrium with his power over speed and escapes along with a pocket mirror housing Wally West.

Releasing his friend Jay and Wally knock out Mirror Master and destroy the device trapping the Justice League in limbo.

Wally turns to his friend and offers a heartfelt thanks for helping him and the rest of the League out of trouble with an offer to help Jay out if he ever needed it.

Jay smiles.

The entire league revisit the elementary school and sign autographs, while one brat is put in his place by both men named the Flash!

5Story - 5: Adam I have to hand it to you this was a fun issue. I thought it was slicker and more interesting than previous offerings (and to my amazement no gaping plot holes!) - my only problem (and it's a minor one) is that as a non Flash reader I have no idea what the Speed Force is and it would have been good if it had been explained.

5Art - 5: Carlo Barberi - in the past I've been a little shaky on the interior art. I'm actually giving Carlo a coveted 5 out of 5 for I feel his style has gradually grown as time has gone on. I do hope he sticks around beyond this issue.

2Cover Art - 2: The only downer on an otherwise great return to days of old. Wally just looks like he needs to pee very badly and Jay looks like a tubby Pa Kent without the specs. I won't go on about it but do a comparison with the cover and the interior art and tell me which is cooler, slicker and - more importantly - in tune with the animated show?

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