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Graphic Audio Review: Flash – Stop Motion by Mark Schultz, based on the series from DC Comics

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As the Flash, Wally West thinks he is the fastest man on earth, and this has allowed him to face every challenge thrown at him; at least until now. A scientist has created something that can move faster than Wally West and it is killing people in Wally's own Keystone City. Now he has to battle with an enemy that can stay one step ahead of the Flash, and the consequences soon will move beyond the city and threaten the future itself.

Once again I was treated to a Graphic Audio performance that really brings you into the story. The combination of sound effects and artistic vocal performances creates what Graphic Audio calls a “Movie in your Mind” and that is truly what Flash – Stop Motion is.

Wally West has never felt quite at home in the Justice League of America (JLA). Coming up through the ranks, he has felt that he has never really fit in. Although no one has ever treated him as such, he still feels like he is in the second string when it comes to power. What makes it harder is trying to live up to the likes of the legends Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

It is found out that the people who are dying are ones who contain a recessive version of the same gene that give the super heroes their power, but in these cases they never manifested into special abilities. When Wally finds out that it is looking for his Aunt Iris, and that she has the gene, everything takes on a new meaning.

I really like this series of the JLA books. I like the fact that they take on some of the secondary characters of the Justice League, as well as how the author was able to take all of the physics and motion of the Flash's abilities, and explain it without getting technical and boring. There is also a good balance between focusing on The Flash, and still keeping the others of the JLA involved.

I also liked the pacing and the edginess of the story. It keeps you on the hook waiting for the next thing to happen as it builds the tension. Then of course there are the performances of the actors that give it that movie feel.

The quality of the story and performance are the reason that I will be coming back to Graphic Audio products. By using a whole cast; over 20 performers, you don't get one person trying to sound like many different voices, you get unique individual characters. It is this that makes it great.

You can also check out some of their other series as well. If you want you can listen to a sample, or purchase the GraphicAudio Book from their on-line store. The story comes three ways; standard CD (the version I reviewed), MP3 CD and downloadable WMA with digital rights management.

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