Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Flash Forward #3 Review

Raising The Stakes

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Luis Gerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

Alright, let's head back into the Multiverse, where Tempus Fuginaut and Wally West are on a quest to rid all the worlds involved of a Dark Multiverse infection, spreading all around.  Previously, we saw Wally join up with Calvin Ellis and the Justice League of Earth-23 to wave his magic stick at some muck and make it go away and I'm hoping that now we've gotten that out of the way, this will become a bit more epic than simply going from place to place and shaking a stick at some darkness.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

For this issue of Flash Forward we see Wally West make his way to Earth-43, the Red Rain Universe, where Batman's a vampire and not only that, but now the entire Justice League have been turned into vampires and because of the energy of this Dark Multiverse infection, they feel that they no longer have to live in the shadows or casually drink human blood.  No, this is a vampire apocalypse and it's up to Wally West and Arsenal.......... that's right, I said Arsenal to stop these undead monsters in their tracks.

Now it's the inclusion of Roy Harper in this issue that really makes this stand above the previous two issues to this series because even though we're in the Red Rain Universe, Roy pretty much stays the same from when we knew him and with Wally and him teaming up, we're seeing our hero having to face his terrible guilt for accidentally killing his friend.  Yeah, ultimately this issue does boil down to Wally West pointing his cosmic stick at darkness and saving the day, but by the end we start to see not only Wally West becoming more than what he became at the end of Heroes In Crisis, but we see that Tempus Fuginaut might be here for Wally more than this Dark Multiverse infection.

All in all, the art beyond the first few pages, which I found a bit confusing is really good, but more importantly, it's this issue that really starts to feel like there's something going on here beyond this dark infection and this mini-series actually is a true redemption of Wally West.  Yeah, it's going to take a lot to make Wally the hero he was before Heroes In Crisis and I was skeptical from the start of this that anything could really redeem him in the long run, but there was a moment or two here that I actually started seeing it and that surprised me.  Roy was a great inclusion to this issue to see the progression of Wally West's guilt and while I wish we could have seen more from what we got as the cliffhanger to the previous issue, I'm happy with what we got here even if we're still really just getting Wally pointing a stick at shadows.

Bits and Pieces:

While the premise of this issue remains the same with Wally West casting out darkness with a cosmic rod, throughout the Multiverse.  This issue does show you that there's a background plan to all of this to make Wally West a true hero again in facing his past and his mistakes.  I enjoyed the art for the most part and loved seeing Wally and Roy killing vampires and really look forward to the second leg of this series.


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