Flash Forward #5 is perhaps not the strongest issue of the miniseries, but it's certainly far from a dud. It has struggles, emotion, threats and a sense of urgency that you don’t usually read in most modern comics these days. Both Lobdell and Booth are veterans of the industry and you can see and feel that understanding and care that comics need in order to thrive–they know what they want and they know how to deliver.
The final issue will come this month and it’s certainly going to be a very important conclusion to a character’s story that has been going through multiple ups and downs in the last decade.
A generation’s Flash may finally get his due after all these years.
Overall, it is a very solid issue that keeps developing the story and moves Wally another step towards being the best version of the character. To be honest, if the story grows as it has been doing so far, then I would like to see this team working on a regular Wally West title–they truly understand the character and they are creating something special. As a huge Green Lantern fan, Lobdell and Booth with Wally remind me a bit to Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver, but maybe that’s just me.
At its core, The Return of Wally West is not only the return of the Flash of a generation, but also a great return of DC’s heroes to be what they should be: inspirational. It’s a great tale of learning how to cherish your past and value your present, always trying to move forward. It has everything you could ask for in a classic superhero tale: great action scenes, a few funny moments, character progression, a lot of adversity and overall a very pleasant conclusion.
DC Rebirth did a lot of great things during that 2016-2018 period, but above all things proved once again that classic heroism still has a place in this modern world and Wally West became the perfect representation of that in this great story.
Fear is the death of a writer. Regardless of the format, if you want a story to succeed, you must be willing to write without fear and believing in what you’re writing. This is an element that has become more and more complicated in the world of comic books because modern writers seem to be afraid of going beyond what has been stablished as politically correct and are too worried of potential backlash if they step outside said limits.
But that’s not how art works. Art has been defined throughout years, decades and centuries as being politically incorrect, challenging people’s boundaries and promoting creative freedom, thus creating a work that may have a considerable impact on your audience or at least proves to be an entertaining story, at that.