Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Jorge Corona, Ivan Plascencia and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016
Now that Barry has taken care of Godspeed, we can move along to what I've been waiting this whole Rebirth (and before) for...Wally West training as Kid Flash!!! We got a bit of it before, but it really seems like this one-shot story is all about Wally...or Wallys!!! Yes, the Wally Wests look they are bout to meet and this really could be huge! I say "could be" because I haven't been a huge supporter of this book lately, but I am ready to jump back on the bandwagon. Please don't hate me for being honest! So, did I get what I wanted out of this issue? Let's find out...
The issue opens with a little Iris and Barry flirting, but after they are interrupted by an unfortunate bridge collapsing, we get more Wally West then we have gotten in the whole of Rebirth. Actually, that should be plural because the "other" Wally suddenly appears and we got our self a Wally West party going on.
While there's no party like a Flash party, it suddenly turns sour when a dual Wally West handshake turns Barry into the evil Flash and he means business. Actually, he's a bit of a dickhead who seems to take pleasure in yelling out a HUGE spoiler and I'm not talking about something from Walking Dead.
While Barry gets a visit from Zoom (?), old Wally gives young Wally a little Rebirth lesson that leads to both of them keeping Barry from being sucked into the Speed Force for good. While the day is saved, their still is the huge spoiler in the room and young Wally runs off because of it.
The Wallyfest continues, however, as the Wallys talk out of costume and it's a really nice moment that is all about dealing with life's problems as a hero and as a regular person. It all leads back to how great a guy Barry is and there is a really cool bit about the inevitable race that young Wally will have with his mentor.
After a pretty awesome splash page, the issue ends with old Wally and Barry talking about Abra Kadabra, the Titans and Rebirth. If you haven't been reading Titans, you may be a bit lost, but even if you are, you're not going to get a whole lot of new information. However, it is pretty cool to get a little more Rebirth information and the ending cliffhanger throws another huge thing into the mix! Seriously, the cliffhanger makes a pretty standard issue kick more ass than it ever should have!
I loved seeing the Wallys together and even though the issue kind of devolves into a huge PR commercial for Barry Allen, I enjoyed it enough. We get two huge reveals...one for young Wally and another for fans of legacy characters. Joshua Williamson does a good job with dialogue and pacing and while I said I enjoyed it, Williamson is still not giving us a must read book. I still have hopes of getting there and hopefully this issue is a start. Only time will tell.
I am a Jorge Corona fanboy and his art style fits young Wally so well. If you are a fan of We are Robin, you will love this issue's look. I'm not sold on the looks of old Wally and Barry, though, as they sometimes have a bit of a stretched look to them.
Bits and Pieces:
This was an okay issue of the Flash that was elevated by a couple of huge reveals and a sense of Rebirth importance. I wish we could get more of the three Flashes and also of Jorge Corona's art because it feels like the book is beginning to get better. It's not there quite yet, but let's keep our fingers crossed.