lightning bolt-- IMPULSE - The Solo Adventures!--lightning bolt


IMPULSE got his own book in April 1995, and it has run (sorry!) over 40 issues now with a clear horizon. Impulse also continues to make occasional guest appearances in THE FLASH and has become a charter member of Young Justice, appearing in their monthly book as well. The kid's a star!!
Let's see how he got that way...

IMPULSE #1, "The Single Synapse Theory" w: Mark Waid//a: Humberto Ramos & Wayne Faucher
--Take one vibroseek missile designed to track speed, subtract one hovertank missile target, add one moving object much faster than the tank, and you have one terrific race. Impulse wins, but the guys who were testing the missile are Not At All Pleased that their test was disrupted. Bart goes off to his first day of ninth grade and writes his autobiography - in detail (after figuring out that pencils do not have an on/off switch). Max vetoes the paper, explaining that he can't just tell all about his life and 30th-Century origins; maintaining his secret identity is top priority. Meanwhile, they're still unpacking. Home is a nice little house in laid-back Manchester, Alabama ("wide-open spaces," says Max approvingly, "and a relaxed atmosphere." Bart's already bored to tears.) where they're passing as Max Crandall and his adopted nephew. Bart tells Max about the missile test he interrupted this morning; Max points out a newspaper article indicating that the hovertank itself - product of Technodyne Industries - is due to be publicly tested, w/much fanfare, this coming Saturday. So who was testing a warhead against the tank? Whoever they were, they're ready and waiting for Bart when he shows up again...

IMPULSE #2, "Crossfire" w: Mark Waid//a: Humberto Ramos & Wayne Faucher
Later, same day: Bart returns to the missile testing site and zips gleefully and effortlessly through an ambush intended to kill him (using his ability to vibrate thru matter to let the bullets just pass through him). He tells Max there were more missiles there; since the hovertank to be tested on Saturday will be manned, this bodes ill. Max decides to check the place out himself, leaving Bart with instructions to rewrite the autobio he'd been assigned. Well, if Bart can't tell the truth, he'll turn in a paper explaining that he's a monster hunter from the planet Korbal....
Technodyne CEO Nordstrom confirms Bart's ID of the guy he saw behind the missile tests - recently departed Technodyne executive, now deadly rival, Martin Beaumont - and in a slam-bang finale Bart saves Nordstrom and the tank, wraps up Beaumont, and catches a coupla'fistfuls of bullets - I mean catches! Oh yeah, and he writes his autobiography yet a third time ("Keystone City...fifteen...*heh* liberated from the dungeons of Mercury...")

IMPULSE #3, "How To Win Friends and Influence People" w: Mark Waid//a: Humberto Ramos & Wayne Faucher
Bart, failing his hundredth attempt to get Max to reveal his plans for the kid's future, zips off to school. There he manages to get himself scheduled for about fourteen grudge fights, attract the admiration of nearly every girl in school, befriend a picked-on fat kid, and take study hall in Paris (while foiling a bank robbery). Max, meanwhile, rebuffs a hopeful flirtation from local doctor Helen Claborne...

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