THE FLASH ANNUAL #3
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art by BRETT BOOTH, RON FRENZ, NORM RAPMUND and LIVESAY
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale APRIL 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
The start of a major new arc for the Fastest Man Alive! In the future, The Flash is a broken man. His powers have failed him time and again at great cost to him and the city he has sworn to protect. Now he’s coming back to 2014 to stop the one event that destroyed his life. Meanwhile, in the present, Barry Allen must contend with thieves trying to capitalize on the devastation of FOREVER EVIL. It’s a tale of two timelines that ushers in one of DC’s most storied characters…featuring The New 52 debut of WALLY WEST!
Yesterday, DC announced the return of Wally West. Today, Comicosity has the scoop on DC’s April 2014 annuals, including the Flash Annual #3. This answers a lot of questions about the setup, and while it’s not 100% clear that Wally West is the Flash from the future, it certainly implies it. (These are Flash solicitations. You really do have to watch for ambiguity.)
2014 is a bit late to undo Flashpoint 😉 Seriously, though, I’m a little concerned that this sounds similar to the Reverse Flash arc that we just finished, though perhaps the fact that it’s Barry Allen’s present day will make a difference…and presumably Wally West’s methods will be less destructive, and the inevitable conflict between speedsters will have at least the potential for a more positive outcome for both.
So, what do you think?
Update: Norm Rapmund has posted the black and white version of the cover on Twitter.
THIS FILLS ME WITH THE MOST JOY AND HOPE “@SpeedForceOrg: Flash Annual 3 Solicitation and the Future Wally West: http://t.co/amrOtIPzjY“
Glad my favorite Flash is coming back!
@SpeedForceOrg I know they are bringing back Wally West but I’m afraid of what they’re going to do to him to make him New 52 compatible
Looks like my guess about Wally being from the future may have been right! This sounds really interesting. http://t.co/sDHVlSvTd7
haven’t been this excited about an upcoming comic in a long, long while. Wally West, my man!
the first two annuals were two of my favorite issues of the New 52. love the new costume. love Booth on Flash. let’s do this!
I may actually make it to a comic book shop this year.
As to what I think? I am going to hold off on my opinions of the issue until after I read it. Hoping for the best. And I can finally take Geoff Johns off my list of people I want to punch if I ever see them again. Sorry if you ever read this Geoff.
What a strange reason to want to inflict violence upon a person. Have you considered getting therapy?
Just throwing this out there, but who said the Flash from the future is Wally West?
Honestly that had better not be Captain Cold’s permanent new design… It is so horrendous.
SOOOOO happy to know Wally is coming back. Presumably, the blue Flash on the cover is the Flash from the future mentioned in the solicit. Could the suit be a time travel suit with tech built in to navigate the speed force, time, and space?
The newsarama interview with Brett STRONGLY implies that the blue Flash on the cover is not Wally. It sounds like the spray paint kid is Wally. Booth cautions patience with the development of the character.
Wally fans need to be patient?
(Exactly the wrong thing to say when you consider 2010-11 where Wally fans were constantly told to be patient only to end up with nothing good.)
I’m for characters with flaws, but am not liking the sound of this the least bit….and we haven’t actually seen what he looks like, how old, or who he is related to yet. Just that he may have an affinity for vandalism.
Wally as a Rogue. X(
Just throwing this out there too, but ‘member Cobalt Blue?