Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Flash Forward #2 by Scott Lobdell - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: When the border between the Multiverse and the Dark Multiverse starts to buckle, who do you turn to? The answer: Wally West. Once the Fastest Man Alive, he’s now a man with nothing left to live for. Will Tempus Fuginaut’s chosen champion rise to the occasion and fight back the demons of the darkness, or will Wally’s own demons win the day?

Scott Lobdell's Flash Forward #2 continues Wally West's quest for redemption. Tasked by Tempus Fuginaut with a mission to save other worlds in the Multiverse from the Dark Multiverse (yes, I know how it sounds), Wally finds himself on Earth 23, which is overrun with creatures made of stuff from the Dark Multiverse. President Superman is near death and only the Flash can save him and his world.

This issue was entertaining. Wally seemed more like his old pre-New 52 self than he has in a while. One highlight was the interactions with other Earths. I know very little about Earth 23, but it seemed to have many characters who were similar to the main DC heroes. However, here Superman is both President of the U.S. and an African-American. Additionally, heroes from Earth 8 also arrive. These characters appeared to be DC's version of some well-known Marvel characters, including the X-Men and Avengers. As Wally attempts to save Earth 23, he must battle these heroes who believe he is behind the dark creatures. Finally, Tempus Fuginaut reveals that there is even more to Wally's mission than he was led to believe, and the final page has a huge reveal that may change Wally's life for the better (finally!).

Flash Forward #2 by Scott Lobdell was a fun book. I'm a fan of Wally West and don't like the direction that he's been taken in over the last several years (basically since the New 52 fiasco). I'm rooting for him to be returned to who he was prior to that, and this series seems to be a step in that direction. And after that final page, I can't wait to see what's next for Wally. I recommend this book to fans of the Wally West/Flash.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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