Flash Forward #5
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Brett Booth
Inks by Norm Rapmund
Colors by Luis Guerrero
Letters by Troy Peteri
The Rundown: Wally West’s journey to drive back the forces of the Dark Multiverse will force him to confront the consequences of his own dark choices.
While Wally reunites with his missing children, Tempus Fuginaut laments the fact that the world they are on will have to be destroyed in order for Wally to move forward. Confident that he can save his children from the dark planet, Wally decides to use the power he’s been given to help his kids escape. Unfortunately, that prospect is easier said than done when the dark matter of the planet targets the kids themselves.
With his latest attempt foiled, Wally goes after Tempus and when he discovers the Mobius Chair, Wally discovers that he has been changed by his experiences with the dark multiverse and that the world he’s trapped on, the one where his kids are trapped as well must be desotryed and he’s the only one that can do it.
The Story: Lobdell continues to push both the narrative and the characters in this latest issue that finds Wally getting to what he believes to be the finish line only to discover that he’s got more of a marathon to run. Wally with purpose is more interesting to me than Wally lamenting his loss and his single-minded obsession in this issue reflects the limitations to Wally West as a character. The story picks up considerably when the Mobius Chair is introduced and the end of the issue grabs the attention of the reader because of its obvious ramifications for the character.
The Art: Brett Booth offers some beautiful, vibrant and energetic art in this issue. There is a sense of movement and speed throughout and the progression of the art reflects the desperate intent of its protagonist. A great looking issue for a story that is starting to find its footing.