A Fallen Hero Brought Back Into Action: Flash Forward #1 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Dark Multiverse is rising once again, and, Tempus Fuginaut, one of the immortal beings tasked with protecting the space between universes, is watching the darkness bleed into the worlds above the Dark Multiverse. He needs a being that can help him stop this coming catastrophe. That being is Wally West, the Flash–and the murderer of Sanctuary. He is currently being held in Blackgate for his crimes at Sanctuary, and every other inmate wants his blood. He’s almost willing to let them kill him, but circumstances seem to happen just right to keep him alive. He will never forgive himself for what he’s done, but he has a new mission. The multiverse depends upon his next actions.

Flash Forward #1 cover by Doc Shaner
Flash Forward #1 cover by Doc Shaner

Flash Forward #1 brings Wally West back into the spotlight and once again on the side of the angels. All of reality now rests upon him, and he must get over his monumental guilt long enough to stop this new incursion from the Dark Multiverse.

Truth be told, I didn’t read Heroes in Crisis past the first issue, and I didn’t like what that story did with Wally West…or that it killed Arsenal. That said, the aftermath to all of that is an interesting starting point for a character, and it incurs some complex feelings for the reader.

The return of the Dark Multiverse isn’t unwelcome, and I’m curious as to what is causing this new incursion and how the Flash will face all of this.

Also…I’m getting this on the record–I wouldn’t be surprised if Flash Forward somehow undoes what Wally perpetrated in Heroes in Crisis.

Flash Forward #1 art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, and letterer ALW's Troy Peteri
Flash Forward #1 art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, and letterer ALW’s Troy Peteri

Brett Booth is always a welcome artist, especially on books with young and energetic heroes like Wally West. His distinct style suited that last run of Titans quite well in its early issues, and I’m happy to see him once again bringing life to a Wally West story. Luis Guerrero gives a fittingly dower palette to the book, and it looks good.

Flash Forward #1 gives a solid start to this new miniseries. We get to see Wally West at his lowest point as he tries to bear the memories of what he did at Sanctuary. However, a new universal threat looms, and he may be the only one who can save us. This one is definitely worth a recommendation. Check it out.

Flash Forward #1 comes to us from writer Scott Lobdell, artist Brett Booth, inker Norm Rapmund, color artist Luis Guerrero, letterer ALW’s Troy Peteri, cover artist Doc Shaner, and variant cover artist InHyuk Lee.

Final Score: 7.5/10

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