[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”32138″ img_size=”411×631″][vc_column_text]Wally West journey throughout the multiverse is an interesting concept, but also shows the consistent problem with Scott Lobdell writing of Flash Forward; he doesn’t know what the fans are actually interested in.
In the last issue, Flash Forward ended with a revelation of Iris and Jai West revealed to be alive in the multiverse. I was expecting this issue to tackle on this revelation and possibly show more of Wally West’s character. Instead, Lobdell ignores that moment to go universe-hop to Earth-43. Lobdell essentially ignores that intriguing subplot to keep this mission going, and it leaves me dissatisfied.
Earth-43 is the earth of the Justice League of Vampires, a world where Batman turned himself into a vampire to fight Dracula and started infecting everyone else. When Wally West arrives, Lex Luthor has arrived on this world and the vampire hordes are going nuts. Wally soon finds himself up against vampire versions of Superman and his mentor Barry Allen.
The best moment of the issue was seeing vampire hunter Roy Harper appear. Roy Harper in this universe is the last of the resistance, and this allows Wally to again confront his guilt.
Overall, Lobdell has some form of handle on Wally in Flash Forward, he portrays Wally as a survivor of trauma who lost control because of a lack of proper mental care rather than a villain. The story of him going on a multiversal quest for redemption isn’t a bad idea at all, but the way Lobdell executes the story is off. When you send Wally catapulting from one world to another, you rarely get enough time to explore his character and his lingering traumas. And the absence of his family from this issue right after the big reveal is puzzling and leaves a negative mark on the issue. Hopefully Lobdell will have Wally and his family meet soon and explore his character more.
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