CONVERGENCE is finally here, with all the timelines ever published by DC appearing once again – and the tie-ins bring us some of our favorites from the years prior to the New 52. For a generation of comics fans, The Flash was Wally West…and in SPEED FORCE #1, Wally West is once again The Fastest Man Alive! Wally, Jai and Iris are trapped under the dome in Pre-FLASHPOINT Gotham City – and that’s where we pick up in this tie-in to CONVERGENCE!
MILD SPOILERS AFTER THE JUMP
Only one city was saved from each “reality” in the DC Multiverse, and for the Pre-FLASHPOINT DCU, Gotham City was trapped under the dome. So, how do you get all the heroes of a universe in one city? Why, an event that triggers the JLA communicator, of course! Wally and kids were trapped in Gotham when that event turned into a dome over the city, and worse still lost their powers along with every other superhuman in the city. Wally has spent the ensuing year desperately looking for a way to break free and return with Jai and Iris to Linda, but without success. That is, until the dome suddenly drops!
In CONVERGENCE #1, we meet Telos, the living embodiment of the planet on which all the domes exist. His speech, setting the terms of the battles, is repeated in every tie-in this week. As the domes drop, Wally’s powers return, and the rest of this issue gives us both the scope of the worlds trapped here, and the desperate circumstances are made crystal clear. All of this is to set up the battle Wally will face in issue #2 of SPEED FORCE.
COMMENTS: Prior to FLASHPOINT there was a rumored second Flash series that would have taken the title used here. It may be almost four years later, but it is fitting that this series would be called SPEED FORCE, and it is very good to see the Wally known and loved by a generation (and more) of DC fans. It was also good to see the kids, although a part of me really wishes Linda had also ended up in Gotham somehow for the purposes of this book. I’m slightly torn by the pages where Wally and kids rush from city to city (or is it “world” to “world”?) in the hopes of finding “their” Gotham once again. The sequence does give an idea of the scope of this event, and for that it serves it’s purpose well – but parts of that sequence pushed Wally almost into the background, using him more as a framing device than a character. Still, the overall book was good. SPEED FORCE, written by Tony Bedard, balances introducing newer fans to Wally West with a story that long-time Wally fans can enjoy. The artwork was well-done throughout by Tom Grummett with inks by Sean Parsons and colors by Rain Beredo. The cover by regular FLASH series art team Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund and Andrew Dalhouse was excellent. This is a definite buy for any Wally fans – and one of the better tie-ins of the week in CONVERGENCE as well.