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Flash Forward #6

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Penciler: Brett Booth
Colorist: Luis Guerrero
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: February 19, 2020

Wally must make one final sacrifice to make the multiverse right, but it involves a heavy price. In so doing, he proves what it means to be a hero. 

Wally’s New Ride in Flash Forward #6

The Mobius Chair is one of the least-developed great stories left at DC Comics. Throughout most of comic history, it was associated with the New God Metron. The chair grants a variety of powers, which could be comparable to the Infinity Gems with Marvel. The first major development in the Mobius Chair since its introduction was during the last moments of the New 52. During the events of the Darkseid War, Batman took the power of the Chair. This was not developed, though, as the DC Rebirth occurred shortly thereafter, leaving many story points undeveloped. In the last issue of this series, the writer reintroduced it. In Flash Forward #6, Wally West has the responsibility to fix the multiverse, but only by accepting the responsibility and burden of the chair. Doing so will once again prove who he is as a hero. 

Story

Flash Forward #6 (DC Comics) main cover by Evan "Doc" Shaner
Flash Forward #6 (DC Comics) main cover by Evan “Doc” Shaner

Flash Forward #6 is written by Scott Lobdell. The writing in this series thus far has been excellent. There have been some fun reimaginings of characters as Wally has traveled the multiverse. More importantly, the writing has highlighted who Wally is as a person and as a hero. The combination of this into saving the multiverse made for an excellent series up until this point. The end issue of this series is not only an ending, though, but also a beginning. It is, thus, not as satisfactory of a conclusion as one might hope for this series. Lobdell proves that he understands the characters, but it feels a little like a bait-and-switch. It still makes this series good, but a different ending might have made it great. On the other hand, it could be that there are bigger plans for where to go from here, and this could still be a great setup for whatever those might be. 

Art

The art team has Brett Booth on pencils and Luis Guerrero on colors. As elsewhere in this series, the artwork really is without fault. We could say that a highwater mark in comics was the Kirbyesque alternate dimensions of his early work at Marvel. The artists capture this same atmosphere here, as throughout the series. The art team, therefore, deserves top marks for depicting the multiverse in a way that is both understandable and mad. 

Conclusion

Flash Forward was a really good series, but the ending just makes it feel as though it is a great story that remains partially untold. The family side of Wally’s life is the most satisfying, and Lobdell handled this part well. For the remainder, the story continues from here elsewhere and there is good hope that it could turn into something great, still. For the moment, though, this new version of Wally West is what fans will have to deal with. 


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