The Flash War Sets Up Major Changes for Wally West

Old Wally grapples with talking to Iris in this exclusive first look at "Flash War" in The Flash Annual #1.

The Flash has been under the radar a bit since Rebirth. With the exception of “The Button,” I don’t think it’s been setting the comics world aflame the same way that the Superman books or Batmanhave. And yet it’s been one of the most consistently entertaining comics on my pull list since it relaunched.

Josh Williamson deserves a bunch of credit for writing pure Flash stories. He made Barry interesting, and balanced the rest of Flash’s cast well. But a lot of credit goes to the art team (and to the editors who have rotated in artists who fit so well). Howard Porter doesn’t really need the praise – his work on JLA is career-making, and his skill has only grown since then – but it’s still worth reiterating. These pages look GREAT.

For almost two years now, there have been two Wally Wests running around (HA!) the DC Universe: one from the main, New 52 timeline, and one from the PreBirth timeline. This has been known by some of the superheroes, but the general public, including his aunt Iris, have been kept in the dark.

That looks like it’s going to change here. DC sent over preview pages of this year’s The Flash Annual, where we start in the future in what looks like the remains of Barry’s battle with Eobard Thawne in the 25th Century. The Science Police start to discover that something’s wrong with the timeline, and then we jump back to present day and displaced PreBirth Wally.

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Here’s the official synopsis:

The biggest Flash story of 2018 starts here, with a special story starring the classic Wally West, who’s conflicted over whether to let Iris West know he is alive—and he’ll need the help of the Flash to figure out what to do! But when Magenta, Wally’s old love, needs his help, the Flash returns home to Keystone City where he is confronted with violent memories of an unknown world…A major turning point for the Flash family that sets the path for earth shattering stories in 2018!

Take a look.