Johnny Quick takes the spotlight in this issue and his origin is given in detail by master storyteller Roy Thomas. It finds the young Johnny Chambers as a boy, having survived a car crash that killed his parents, now a ward of a professor named Ezra Gill. It is with said professor that Johnny, who is none too good at math, learns the speed formula just before the professor meets a tragic end. Johnny soon forgets the formula as his life moves on and he becomes an ace photographer. From there as the years go on, there are a couple of times where his formula comes to mind and yet he never uses it. Finally when investigating a circus ring of crime, Johnny uses the formula and manages to break it up with the only consequence being that he becomes a superhero named Johnny Quick. With a little assistance from Don Heck and Tony DeZuniga, Thomas gives us one of his best origin issues yet. The most interesting thing about this story is to think about how upbeat and carefree Johnny usually is in the present and to discover that he has such a background filled with personal loss, it makes you wonder how he ever kept his head up all those years ago. It was also fun to see that Johnny always knew his right from wrong and always wanted to get involved when he saw something he knew should not be happening. It seems the hero gene was always in the man and that eventually, he would always become the person he is today. Simply put, this was a very solid issue showcasing the best aspects that this series is all about.
4 out of 5