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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 234

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we look at the classic (well, in my mind) third issue of Impulse by Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos and Wayne Faucher!


Okay, in this issue, Bart Allen (the speedster hero from the future) begins his first day of school. His guardian, fellow super-fast hero, Max Mercury, gives him one “goal” for the day…

How does Bart do? Well, let’s just say that the title of the tale, ” How to Win Friends and Influence People,” is meant as a joke…

From his first moment on campus…

After a kid sees Bart skip out on a class research assignment (Bart is off to France to stop some bad guys), he decides to rat him out…

The set-up continues…

As you might imagine, Waid spends the majority of the issue in this fashion, and it leads to a delirious finale when all of Bart’s enemies come together in one massive…well…that would be spoiling it, wouldn’t it? Go pick up this issue! It has great Ramos/Faucher artwork, a hilarious and well-orchestrated story by Mark Waid and, well, isn’t that enough?


Tom Fitzpatrick

August 23, 2010 at 5:32 am

Please, go ahead, and spoil it (& us).
Save us some $$$. ;-)

Is this in trade? Because our back issue bin situation where I live is horrendous.

Impulse was a great title. I really enjoyed both Waid and Messer-Loeb’s runs on the title (and Dezago was good too but the others I like a little more). It’s funny since the runs on Impluse is the opposite of the runs on Flash (Loebs then Waid).

Yeah, it’s collected in Impulse: Reckless Youth. It has Bart’s introduction story from Flash, and the first several issues of Impulse. Well worth owning.

One of my favorite issues of one of my favorite titles. I’d try online for back issues. The whole series (1-89 + specials) is being sold by someone (not me) for $22.99 + $7.50 s&h (ends in a day or so). Even if you only liked the Waid issues (1-27 or so), that’s cheap.

Oops, sorry, that lot was only for 45 of the issues, but it includes 1-7,9, 12-20, & 27, most of the Waid issues. Still, you can probably complete the run online.

I always thought Waid/Ramos’s Impulse was one of the most underrated DC runs of the 90s, and this was their best issue. The creative team was a perfect storm for the character, to the extent that every artist that succeeded Ramos on the title tried to blatantly copy his style in the belief that nothing else would work for the character. I think Waid’s MO on the title was something like “What if the Lee/Ditko era of Spider-Man were created in the Giffen/Demateis JLI style, but set in Alabama?” Needless to say, it worked. After Flash, 52, Kingdom Come, and JLA, I’d rank Impulse as the fifth best work of Waid’s career.

I love Ramos. Except when he draws Wolverine. That just looks terrible.

Yeah, it’s collected in Impulse: Reckless Youth. It has Bart’s introduction story from Flash, and the first several issues of Impulse. Well worth owning.

It was collected, I always just figured that trade went out of print. It’s still in print, though? Great news, people! Just go find that trade!

One of the reasons I can’t totally hate the 90’s… it gave us Impulse and Max Mercury.. a great family/comedy, fun dynamic while everything else got grim and stupid… One of the best Impulse moments for me was the one/two whammy of having Max hurt and losing his speed in the first Dead Heat tie in issue. You got insight into Bart’s personality and how helpless he felt…

One of my very favorite issues from one of my favorite titles of the 1990s. Ramos’ art was absolutely perfect for the book. And honestly, you cannot go wrong with Waid, especially when it’s obvious that he’s having so much fun writing the book.

I loved both Mark Waid’s and Todd Dezago’s runs on this series. I wasn’t terribly thrilled with William Messner-Loebs’, though I liked his run on The Flash.

But the Waid/Ramos stuff? Classic, and this issue is a fantastic “downtime” story.

Going a bit off topic here – Brian, are any of your e mail addresses up to date?

Hey Bri!
The two pages of Bart’s first encounter at school are exactly the same. i don’t know if you have two pages to show, or if it’s simply a duplicate. The caption of the 2nd first encounter [with the bullies at the front of the school] says that Bart has gone off to France, but it is still the bullies at school.

Also, i loved this series & have all the Waid issues. After that, i didn’t pick it up.

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This wasn’t Bart’s first day of school. His first day was less eventful. He demonstrated his eidetic memory for the first time, and had to learn how a pencil worked. Still funny though. Impulse is my favorite book of all time.

Oh, Bart, why couldn’t you stay as the crazy awesome thrillseeker you were here :(

@ hyperion
coz dc fanboy no#1 wanted a new shiny toy

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