Flash Forward #1
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Brett Booth
Inks by Norm Rapmund
Colors by Luis Guerrero
Letters by Troy Peteri
The Rundown: A guardian of time chooses an unlikely champion to stop the rise of the Dark Multiverse.
Tempus Fuginaut finds himself helpless against the oncoming spread of the Dark Multiverse to each of the 52 universes in the Multiverse. He knows that a presence is keeping the dark worlds from being consumed back into the darkness and he knows to stop it, he will have to intervene and choose a champion.
At Blackgate Prison, Wally West can’t stop reliving what he did at Sanctuary and the lives he destroyed in the process. Living with self-pity and a cavalier attitude about his own death, things get strange when he gets a visit from Linda Park to interview him about his upcoming trial. Remembering the fact that she was his wife in another reality, Wally becomes more distraught. When a botched assassination attempt unlocks his powers, Wally takes on a couple of his former foes before being pulled out of time and space by Tempus and given power he couldn’t imagine.
The Story: I really don’t know about this. Any of it. Lobdell is a great writer and I really like a lot of what he’s written for DC, but I have a hard time seeing a redemption arc for Wally West coming this soon and this simple. Whether you enjoyed Heroes In Crisis or not, that storyline established not only that Wally is dealing with some profound pain, but he is also guilty of what he is being held in prison for and both he and the reader know it. Taking him out of that environment, giving him a new mission with new powers just feels like a slap in the face to that storyline. It basically says that nothing he did matters, especially murder and framing others for his crimes because when a cosmic entity needs your help, all is forgiven.
While I find the concept interesting and was interested in the story based on the title and cover art, this series started off on the wrong foot with me.
The Art: Brett Booth has some terrific art in this issue. Everything visually looks amazing throughout.