Flash Forward is a six-issue mini-series. In it, a depressed Wally has given up being a hero. He has suffered too much loss. Linda his wife does not remember their relationship, their child never existed in this timeline and the event at Sanctuary was the last straw. He’s thrown in the towel, but the cosmos has not given up on Wally yet.
For eons a sentient entity known as Tempus Fuginaut has been tasked with ensuring the integrity of the space between all the worlds of the multiverse. The integrity between the bright multiverse and the dark multiverse is breaking. The evil negativity from the dark multiverse is rising and Tempus Fuginaut is powerless to stop it. Only our hero, Wally West, can save existence from being turned to darkness.
Fans have felt hard done by DC for neglecting Wally for so long. Writer Scott Lobdel has stated that this series was nine years in the making. While old fans were used to the hope-filled, optimistic Wally, of late he has cut a sad forlorn figure. The New 52 saw Wally reimagined but fans clamoured for a return to the old version.
Old Wally did return with DC Rebirth, but old Wally came with a lot of baggage. Writer Scott Lobdel saw the need to keep telling Wally’s story after Heroes in Crisis. An iconic character like Wally needed his own series and hopefully Lobdel will cement Wally’s return to the DC universe. Along the way, returning the character to greatness once more.
Flash Forward is a good start. Lobdel still has Wally explore his troubled mental state. Wally’s melancholy is cut short when he is forced to become the hero he was always destined to be.
The artwork is lively and busy. At times, too many panels clutter the page and following the action can be confusing. However, after repeated views the image and cluster of panels make sense and you appreciate Brett Booth’s visceral, dramatic style. The use of colours, especially the blue and purple hues depicting Tempus Fuginaut and the cosmos, are a standout.
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An iconic character like Wally needed his own series and hopefully Lobdel will cement Wally’s return to the DC universe.