If there is anything the Flash is known for, other than being fast, it’s his ability to go through the space-time continuum. That’s how we got the New 52 after all. So it’s only appropriate that this is the one title that actually continues its main storyline in the Futures End month-long event. This latest issue also promises something that many people have been expecting: Wally West as Kid Flash. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Five years into the future, Barry Allen is noticing some odd things going on with the Speed Force as he saves people trapped in a landslide: he is losing time. When he gets wind of the Reverse Flash wreaking havoc in Central City, he speeds off. In Central City, Reverse Flash is fighting the blue Flash (hereby referred to as Future Flash), who reveals that the accident that killed Wally West in his timeline was due to Reverse Flash when Iris and Wally crashed when trying to reason with him. Future Flash changes the future in his usual fashion, saving Wally, but destroying the trust Flash has built up with Wally and Iris. When Flash arrives, his future self confronts him and a major fight occurs….
Jensen and Venditti weave an excellent tale that gets bonus points for being the only issue in the Futures End event to actually affect their main storyline. Barry and his future self are quite distinct, with the present one still having the hopes and values that his future counterpart have tossed aside. Wally seems to have mellowed out compared to his 13-year-old self, which implies Barry will likely be a major presence in his life. This is good due to the fears some readers have had with Wally’s characterization since his New 52 debut. He truly earns the powers implied on the cover, and it will be interesting to see how else history is changed now due to the events of the issue. There is some awkward dialogue, and sadly this book comes off as too fast a read, making it feel like there could have been more story in the issue.
Booth as usual brings us an action packed issue. He truly enjoys drawing the Flash, especially his powers and the speed force. There are some wonky faces, but those barely detract. The characters are expressive (I chuckled at Wally’s expression when he first appeared in this issue), and the set pieces are well executed. It’s also very interesting to see a full Speed Force battle between two Flashes. Rapmund’s inks help everything stand out and Dalhouse’s colors are incredibly vibrant…sometimes too vibrant to the point some details become obscured.
Overall, this is a very strong issue, and it is a read as fast as its star. It has some interesting implications for what will happen next, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. It’s time for Barry and Wally to team up for the first time once again, and I think the future for Central City at least might be a bit brighter than elsewhere in Futures End.
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