Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Solid-Light Beam: As it turns out, the Rainbow Raider isn't the only Rogue who is fond of miraculously rendering beams of light tangible for use as tools or weapons. One of the Mirror Master's myriad trick mirrors is capable of an astonishing electromagnetic transformation that evokes the Raider's deployment of "microscopic solid light particles." After staging a daring break-in at a local finance company, Sam Scudder is interrupted by a vigilant sentry. Naturally, after glimpsing the distinctive colors of a costume worn by one of Central City's most infamous public enemies, the armed security guard decides to shoot first and ask questions later! In a move worthy of the monarch of motion himself, the Mirror Master swiftly dodges the fired bullet and then retaliates with a surprisingly forceful reflection from a small hand-held mirror. Has the guard been blinded? Hypnotized? The psuedoscience involved here isn't so simple. The guard collapses as if cuffed because he "couldn't withstand the force" of the mirror's "solid-light beam!" If they all appear as everyday mirrors, how does the Mirror Master manage to keep his array of reflective weaponry straight? In any case, I do hope that Scudder has conceived of an appropriate sheath for such a gadget. Surely any mirror capable of rendering light into a solid would be unwieldly and dangerous once unveiled in any lighted room!
Issue: The Flash #146 (August 1964)