By: Cynthia Ayala
Conclusion to the latest comics released this past week. Featured reviews will focus on The Flash Annual #3 that debuts the New 52 Wally West and begins his new troubled relationship with Barry Allen and the Flash while the story shifts between the past and the future. The second review centers on Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #2 that finally brings up the consequences of Kyle’s actions of going behind the Source Wall and rewriting the equation for life.
The Flash Annual #3
Introducing Wally West! Wally is a troubled kid, nephew to Iris West…but not before showing readers his disastrous future that then turns The Flash into a broken man. His belief is that his powers have failed him and the city he has sworn to protect repeatedly. This begins the new story arc that will sent the Future Flash back to 2014 to stop the one event that destroyed his life. Meanwhile, in the present, Barry Allen must contend with thieves trying to capitalize on the devastation of FOREVER EVIL. It’s a tale of two timelines with the same hero with completely different personalities.
Now the story arc in the present timeline is a well-focused timeline that flows, capturing the bright characterization of the Flash and who what he means to Wally, not just him but the Flash and reverse flash as well. It has set for a proper foundation to allow the two characters (Barry and Wally) to connect.
However, the Future Flash story arc seemed a little over the place. First, it begins five years into the future, which is all right, as it shows the future flash wants to change. Then then it moves forward twenty years into the future where the flash is distraught. Nevertheless, the story shits from him wanting to go back to the past to him going after Gorilla Grodd to kill him. Except, there really is no foundation for that, it’s just sort of thrown into the story and really detracts from the arc. Granted it shows how much he’s changed but readers can already see that by how he’s acting, how his sunny disposition has vanished. That would be the only flaw in an otherwise very interesting new story arc for the Flash.
WRITERS: R. VENDITTI & V. JENSEN
PENCILLERS: B. BOOTH & R. FRENZ
INKERS: N. RAPMUND & LIVESAY
Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #2
That, was a great issue right here. This issue picks up after the events of the current story arc as well as they LIGHT’S OUT story line where Kyle Rayner went beyond the Source Wall, the bizarre barrier at the end of space. This issue brings up the consequences of his actions as he re-wrote the code of all creation itself.
As a white lantern he holds within him each spark of the spectrum and his power has continued to develop, has grown stronger, causing the guardians some worry…and Carol as well.
Oblivion has been born, a black lantern of Kyle Rayner himself who is seeking something to fill the void within him in order to bring back order. Of course, Carol and Kyle have something to say about that, and about each other. A riveting issue that brings together the two of them as they finally share their first kiss, only to be torn apart once again. Kyle literally has to battle his inner demons as he fights his way to save himself and those he cares about before vanishing into oblivion launching the story into a new direction with stronger foot holds to grab the readers (I hope).
WRITER: J. JORDAN
PENCILLER: S. SEGOVIA
INKER: E. SALAZAR