Warning: spoilers ahead for The Flash # 765!

In the latest issue of DC’s The Flash, Barry Allen has lost his connection to the Speed Force, and it’s all thanks to his old foe Dr. Alchemy. In their last-place battle, Alchemy worked the Philosopher’s Stone to change something about the Fastest Man Alive. Having lost his speed, Barry is forced to fall back on his talents as a forensic scientist and pharmacist, hoping to find some sort of clue to get his speed back and stop Alchemy from inducing any further chaos. In doing so, Barry discovers that he’s going to have to remake the element he once fabricated himself, which is pretty same to what Tony Stark did in the MCU’s Iron Man 2.

In the issue from writer Kevin Shinick with masters Sami Basri and Will Conrad, Barry discovers that Alchemy didn’t actually changed a bit within Barry’s own torso piece. Instead, he use the Stone’s abilities to transmute the arrangement of Barry’s Flash ring, turning it into a disruptor that got in the way of his Speed Force connection. Once he recognise this, Barry headings back to his lab to figure out what might have changed within his ring as a result.

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Upon further study in The Flash # 765, Barry discovers that Alchemy altered a core element within his ring to disrupt his rush: Lighzinium. Lighzinium is an element of Barry’s own start, which he made to protect the gold that was once his parents’ wedding hoops. Barry uttered the lighzinium after his reverberate was exposed to the Speed Force, which altered the metal on a subatomic elevation. Barry was then able to replicate it to protect his peal brought forward, as he does here in this latest issue.

Having the Flash recreate an element of his own design in The Flash # 765 is cool, and it’s also similar to Tony Stark’s arc reactor in Iron Man 2. Just like The Flash, Iron Man needed to create a brand new element. This was because he needed to replace the palladium that was powering the arc reactor in his chest. While it was keeping him alive, it was also slowly poisoning him over occasion, and would have led to his eventual death had Nick Fury not arrived. Fury furnished Tony with a road to create his own brand new element, which his own leader Howard Stark laid the groundwork for. In the tie-in MCU comic Fury’s Big Week, it’s revealed that Tony tried to patent the new component with the list “Badassium, ” which is just plain awesome.

The Flash and Iron Man are both quite brilliant, and it’s fun to see that they’re both smart enough to create their own points. Regrettably for the Flash, even his masterstroke was part of Dr. Alchemy’s trap. Dr. Alchemy was secretly watching Barry, just wait him to recreate the lighzinium, as it was the final ingredient he needed to absorb the influence of the Philosopher’s Stone into his mas. Regardless, Barry is incredibly smart, and he’s been needing to rely on his imagination just as much as his speeding for this fight with Alchemy. He precisely needs to find a way to outthink him. Here’s hoping the Flash can stop Alchemy before it’s too late.

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