Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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There was an issue of JLA--looking it up, I think it was JLA #89, written by Joe Kelly--where Flash has to evacuate an entire city before it's destroyed so Dark J'onn J'onzz can reproduce. Yeah, anyway...Kelly has a line in there about Wally "sloughing off mass" afterwards, which would be a bit of technobabble to explain how he can achieve near-light speeds without being crushed by his own mass. But, it doesn't cover how skull-numbingly boring it must be to be the Flash sometimes. Just because he can do tedious, repetitive tasks in the blink of an eye; doesn't mean they aren't tedious and repetitive from his point of view.
While the Flash could doubtless evacuate a city in seconds; he couldn't, as Superman suggests, "put them back." He'd never remember where they all go...
The Blob figure from the X-Men: Evolution line probably isn't the best bystander figure--well, maybe that depends on where you live. I know I have other 'bystanders' floating around, but I don't have them as organized as I do for the kids.