As the Future Flash continues his run back to our time, Barry Allen is on two trails (or should I say, three). Who is the “Mashup Killer”, where is Wally, and why does Barry keep losing time every time he runs? That’s where we pick up with THE FLASH #33, out today!
LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY
The Central City Police are stretched to their limit and beyond, tracking down the killer or killers of the crew who stole all those super-weapons out of the evidence room during the reign of the Crime Syndicate (in FOREVER EVIL). One additional aggravation is that Iris West has been on that trail as well…and Singh is in no mood for people to be leaking news to the press. Still, Iris and Barry talk…about more trouble that Wally may be courting with a group of friends who are leading him the wrong way. Seven years from now, Future Barry has a confrontation with the future Trickster…with a notable difference from this blue Flash’s other meetings with Rogues in the future. All this…and the identity of the Mashup Killer…are in issue #33!
Let’s talk Wally just a bit more. No, Wally has NOT joined a gang – not in the sense of criminals bent on mayhem. The planned “criminal activity” is still in the realm of petty crimes, even though he could wind up in some real trouble here. Still, he is in the wrong group of friends, and if someone (Barry?) doesn’t turn him around, this new 52 Wally could become the very stereotype of troubled youth very quickly. Speaking of stereotypes, I still don’t believe that moving into unfortunate stereotypes is the intent of writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen…but I am hopeful that we will move past this “troubled youth” phase of the story soon. I still believe good things are ahead for Wally, but I’m getting anxious while waiting for that day to come.
That being said, the overall story by Venditti and Jensen is very good. We are seeing that Future Flash hasn’t lost all heart, even though he is VERY different to the Barry we know. And, the hunt for the Mashup Killer has been excellent – and that story isn’t over yet. The artwork for this story continues to excel, with Brett Booth’s pencils, Norm Rapmunds inks and Andrew Dalhouse’s colors. The expressions are as amazing as the action sequences throughout this issue. While the Wally storyline is still a bit worrisome while we wait for the real Wally to step up, this is still an overall well-crafted tale – and I’m still looking forward to what comes next.
— Ed Garrett.