Writer: Scott Lobdell
Pencils: Brett Booth
Inks: Norm Rapmund
*This review may contain spoilers for Heroes In Crisis*
Even the fastest man alive is finding outrunning his past mistakes difficult.
Following his loss of control in Heroes in Crisis resulting in the death of multiple fellow heroes, including his best friend Roy Harper, Wally West is left in Blackgate Supermax Prison awaiting trial…or death, he doesn’t really care. However, he is recruited by a cosmic being and thrown into a mission to save the multiverse and possibly find redemption.
Coming out of the Heroes in Crisis miniseries there has been a lot of bellyaching about the perceived “character assassination” of Wally West and that was only amped up with the announcement of this miniseries. Personally I loved the overall route they took with the character in Heroes in Crisis and was excited to see the next step in that arc I.E. this series. I have to say, so far so good.
There isn’t a ton that happens in this issue, but it is almost the perfect first issue to the series. It continues putting the reader into the tormented mind of Wally West and works to make you understand just how far Wally has fallen in his own mind and how it is affecting him. The art throughout the issue is very cramped and claustrophobic and for the majority of the issue it makes sense and adds to the way Wally is feeling. However, I will say there is a shift in the issue where it feels like the art should have expanded out and become less claustrophobic but it doesn’t change style and I thought that was the point where it strayed from being a choice that added to being something that kinda starts to hurt the book.
Overall, I loved this issue as a first issue of a miniseries and am beyond excited to see where the story takes us. Based on the events of this issue it seems like we’re going to explore the inherent natural draw of a hero to always find a way to return to being a hero even when they don’t believe in themselves and I have a feeling that we are going to get to revisit some great alternate universes from throughout the DCU history and I am here for all of it. I would absolutely suggest going to pick this book up whether you are a Wally West fan or not and whether you enjoyed Heroes in Crisis or not.