Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Flash Forward #3 by Scott Lobdell - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The rift between the Multiverse and Dark Multiverse is growing wider, and evil dark energy is threatening all the planets in its path! It’s up to Wally West to journey to these worlds and purge them of this darkness, but the greater darkness is that from within. The destruction has now found its way to Earth-43, where Roy Harper is the world’s premier vampire hunter, and Wally’s only hope of surviving...

Joshua Williamson's Flash Forward #3 continues Wally West's journey through the Multiverse in a quest to stop the Dark Multiverse from overtaking it. It is also a redemption journey for Wally, as he is trying to atone for the accidental deaths of some of his fellow heroes (see Heroes in Crisis).

This current issue sees Wally taken to Earth-43, where he quickly discovers that the Justice League have all been turned into vampires as a result of a decision Batman made in order to defeat Dracula (I'm guessing this is the Earth from the Batman story Red Rain). After a pretty cool battle with Superman, in which Wally discovers that he is getting faster, he comes across a hero who has yet to succumb to vampirism: Roy Harper aka Arsenal. Together, they are able to confront Batman and attempt to get rid of the Dark Multiverse matter simultaneously. However, all does not go as planned.

In my opinion, the missions Wally has been sent on have just been okay. The visits to alternate Earths are sort of cool, but haven't really sucked me in. What's gotten me is the redemption story Wally is living out. In this particular issue, he comes face to face with Roy Harper, one of his best friends and one of those heroes Wally accidentally killed. Having to deal with his grief and guilt while seeing his friend, albeit one from a parallel universe, is forcing Wally to move on and come to terms with his actions, while looking to the future. To me, this is the whole purpose of this series, as I still maintain that of all the changes made in DC's several recent reboots, no one has been messed with and suffered more than Wally West. Having a chance to get a measure of closure with Roy was a nice touch. The thing I'm looking forward to, though, is the tease from issue #2: Wally's twins, who technically never existed in this new reality. As far as I'm concerned, Wally's family needs to be restored (including his relationship with his wife, Linda) and he needs healing from the various forms of trauma he has suffered. If those issues are addressed, then this series will be a success and worth it. However, if they aren't, I'll be very disappointed.

I would recommend Flash Forward #3 by Joshua Williamson. It is (hopefully) another step in Wally's redemption. Grab and read it if you are a Wally West fan.

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

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