In “Bloodlines,” Bart Allen travels through time in order to save Central City, and apparently the entire planet from the destructive power of Neutron. Can anyone tell me how many times the words “crash” and “mode” were used in this episode? Having four generations of The Flash in one scene excited my “inner-geek,” but it overshadowed the Cheshire and Red Arrow arc. I’m interested in what happened to the original Roy Harper, but Bart Allen’s journey through time was far more enjoyable. What a touching moment it was to see Bart call Iris grandmother, only to “spoil” the surprise that she and Barry are going to have twins. Legendary comic book writer Peter David, who wrote this episode, did an excellent job showing Wally’s reluctance over having another Allen on the team. Wally has yet to master the “speed force,” and unlike Barry and Bart, he does not possess the same abilities to reach top speeds. If any of you are interested in learning more about the Speed Force and its effects on The Flash, then check out Francis Manapul’s run in DC Comics’ New 52. The Flash’s ability to vibrate through objects is just the tip of the iceberg.
I don’t want to spend too much time on Cheshire and Red Arrow, because like I said, their arc is interesting, but it felt out of place in an episode dominated by speedsters. For you parents out there, I suggest you take Roy’s advice and leave your kids at a babysitters the next time you decide to break into a secret facility in Tibet. What do you think happened to the original Roy Harper? My knowledge on Red Arrow is limited, and unless I missed something from the first season, does anyone have a guess as to what happened to his arm? I wonder if it had something to do with the cloning process? Hopefully we’ll discover these answers sooner than later.
Lastly, I’d like to discuss the reasons for Bart’s travel through time. At the end of the episode, it’s revealed that Neutron and Bart are acquaintances, yet the former villain seems surprised when only his physical body is restored. Mount Justice is still in shambles, and the world appears to be blanketed in a layer of ash. Bart said there was a lot at stake, and that there were many missions that he must complete before everything can be restored. Any thoughts on what those missions might be? Justice League: Invasion has been chaotic at times, but I think the writers are doing a good job building this new world, by slowly adding new mysteries for us to uncover. Hopefully, Bart can complete his mission before everyone ends up “moded.” Let me know what you thought of this week’s episode in the comments section below.
-Definition of “Moded” From The Urban Dictionary: “This word is most appropriately used when someone is proven wrong in an embarassing manner. It is not simply a matter of making a mistake, or being embarassed, but is most properly used when someone has vehemently defended a position and been proven wrong.”
-Interesting Facts about Neutron: His original name is Nathaniel Tryon. Neutron first appeared in Action Comics #525 in 1981, and was created by Marv Wolfman and Joe Staton. He’s usually affiliated with Superman, so it’s interesting that he would be hanging out with Bart Allen in the future. He has appeared in the Justice League: Unlimited series, and on an episode of Smallville. His abilities include super strength, nuclear blasts and radiation absorption. Maybe we’ll see more of Nathaniel as the season progresses.
-David Griffin (Follow @griffinde on Twitter)