Super Demons And Red-Hooded Lanterns In Flash Forward #4

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
The Flash looks back to the last day he saw Linda, Iris, and Jai. He remembers the pain of losing them as he’s being attacked by “Etrigan the Superdemon.” Two different worlds are merging together and the heroes of both worlds are dueling while trying to kill Wally. The League of Shadows of World-13 battle the Outlaws of Justice from Earth-32. Wally breaks free long enough to search for Tempus Fugit’s wand…only to be intercepted by Lightspeed, who is the Linda Park of another Earth. This gives Wally some pause, but it also gives him the hope that he can get through to her and receive her help in saving these two Earths.

Flash Forward #4 cover by Doc Shaner
Flash Forward #4 cover by Doc Shaner

Flash Forward #4 puts Wally West in between two colliding Earths and two warring variations of the Justice League. In the middle of all of this, he can still only think of his family. As if summoned by this, he finds another Linda Park who may just be the key to saving these worlds.
It’s once again a wild mixture of interdimensional adventuring and emotional melodrama. Wally’s guilt over killing his fellow heroes at Sanctuary has been compounded by his longing for his family. Of course, that’s not what will kill him.
The League of Shadows and the Outlaws of Justice are pretty awesome variations on the Justice League. I particularly like the Red Hooded Red Lantern and would probably pay way too much money for a DC Essential figure of him.
Flash Forward #4 art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, and letterer ALW's Troy Peteri
Flash Forward #4 art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, and letterer ALW’s Troy Peteri

Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund once again knock it out of the park in the visual department. Booth has a unique talent for depicting younger superheroes such as Wally West. Booth’s style is energetic, flowing, and dynamic. I still often think about his and Rapmund’s work on Dan Abnett’s talent. Color artist Luis Guerrero compliments Booth and Rapmund with a truly explosive color palette fitting for an interdimensional Flash adventure.
Flash Forward #4 is another good issue from this Heroes in Crisis follow-up. Scott Lobdell continues to make this a uniquely compelling and downright grabbing mini-series about the disgraced Flash and he’s supported well by the art team of Booth, Rapmund, and Guerrero. This comic gets another recommendation. Check this one out.
Flash Forward #4 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: 8/10

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