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This Just Happened: Trial By (Flash) Fire

This Just Happened: Trial By (Flash) Fire

By Alex Nagorski Friday, April 19th, 2013

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA’S VIBE #3 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!).

In February, a new solo series spotlighting one of the Justice League of America’s unlikeliest members debuted. And if you’ve read this week’s issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA’S VIBE, you know that the adventures of this teenage super-being are just getting started.

After having been formally inducted into the Justice League of America, Cisco Ramon is put to the test by A.R.G.U.S. Amanda Waller has already seen Vibe prove his unique set of powers when he faced off against the Parademon that killed his brother (in issue #1). Now, he must be trained to follow’s A.R.G.U.S.’ orders to become as valuable a team member as Waller believes – and needs – him to be.

In order to do so, Vibe is assigned to intercept the speed force to track down a certain hero. Since he’s able to locate inter-dimensional beings, Vibe may be the only person with the ability to be quick enough to ever stop The Flash – should the time ever come that the Justice League needed to be stopped …

But before being sent after Barry Allen, Vibe must prove he’s capable of stopping a younger and less-experienced speedster: Kid Flash. Meanwhile, Amanda Waller observes how he navigates his way through this situation on a laptop from afar, closely observing how he follows orders, how he uses his abilities, and how his psyche is impacted.

Yet once Vibe and Kid Flash face off solo and disconnected from Waller, Vibe finds himself being accused of “working for bad guys,” triggering feelings of doubt and uncertainty about not only who the Justice League of America really is, but what his specific role will help the team accomplish. And when his brother Dante points out just how little he knows about the JLA’s motives, Cisco realizes that there’s lots of missing information he needs before risking his life as Vibe again.

“We’re going to explore what it’s like to have to grow up quickly, faster than you think you have to grow up. Sometimes growth is thrust upon us when we’re not expecting it,” series writer Sterling Gates recently told NEWSARAMA. “Cisco is very suddenly recruited into a massive government organization and told he’s the only person in the world who can identify and track inter-dimensional breachers. What does that do to you, as a young man? And what happens if you are asked to track down someone who’s innocent? The story’s got a lot of twists and turns as it goes along, introducing some concepts that will have bigger implications to the DCU.”

Is Cisco ready to give up his “Vibe” identity before he finds out truly what A.R.G.U.S. has in store for him? Either way, he’ll have to decide quickly if he’s going to survive! In the gallery above, take a look at the last page of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA’S #3, as Cisco’s life is threatened under his own roof. But who can he trust? A.R.G.U.S. or his own instincts?

Place your bets in the comments section and don’t forget to pick up your copy of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA’S VIBE #3 (in stores now!), written by Sterling Gates and illustrated by Pete Woods, Fabiano Neves, and Sean Parsons.