Written by, Joshua Williamson
Art by, Howard Porter
Colors by, Hi-Fi
Letters by, Steve Wands
In the previous issue, we learn that The Renegades, a group of hired hands from the 25th century, travel to present-day Central City to arrest Iris for her part in the death of Eobard Thawne. Meanwhile, Wally West has been suffering from headaches and flashbacks to the long time he spent in the Speed Force. Wally and Barry disagree with how to address The Renegades demand, and Iris goes with them to face trial. In between, we are re-introduced to the origin of Hunter Zolomon and his present-day plan to bring Wally West back to the 25th century.
The issue begins with a conversation between Hunter Zolomon and Wally West in the 25th century. Hunter convinces Wally that he lost more than time while he was in the Speed Force: he lost family and relationships which he’s never gotten back. The dialogue cements Wally’s belief that he must do something to prevent his children, Jai and Irey, from being trapped in The Speed Force. Hunter’s strategy, to convince Wally that he can help save his family, is believable. Wally’s response feels authentic: he doesn’t believe Hunter and questions his motives. However, the seed is planted, and it feels weighty.
Meanwhile, Barry, Iris, and Kid-Flash work with The Renegades to determine that Iris acted in self-defense and therefore was not guilty of murder. However, it becomes obvious that someone brought them all to the 25th century for some other reason. The Flash quickly takes out The Renegades, except Command Cold. Barry is angry and questions Commander Cold, who tried to trap his family. And, where is Wally? Barry asks Commander Cold to protect Iris and Kid Flash while he finds Wally. Barry tracks Wally who has been talking to Hunter Zolomon. Barry attacks Hunter Zolomon; however, Wally steps in to defend Hunter. Barry is confused and feels betrayed. Wally says that Hunter promised that he could help him remove his family from the Speed Force. A race and conflict ensues, which is left with a cliffhanger at the end of the issue.
Overall = 10/10
This issue was gorgeous to look at. Howard Porter is amazing in his representations of The Flash, with Speed-Force lightning flashing about and the kinetic energies in the air. The story keeps moving and no time is wasted as the tensions rise between Barry and Wally. Williamson has done a masterful job utilizing the main character’s biggest fears and their loved ones to develop a compelling story. This feels important and epic. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves The Flash character and to those who want to know more about Rebirth, which this issue starts to address.