Flash Forward #1

Writer: Scott Lobdell Artist: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 18, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 38
6.3Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

His name is Wally West-and he was the Fastest Man Alive. That is, until the Multiverse was rewritten without him or his family in it. Wally returned and tried to make it work, but the damage was done. Spinning out of the events of HEROES IN CRISIS, follow the man who called himself Flash on an adventure to find redemption in a cosmos that has fought so hard to destroy him.

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Legion - Aaron Harvey Sep 19, 2019

    I would absolutely suggest going to pick this book up whether you are a Wally West fan or not and whether you enjoyed Heroes in Crisis or not. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 18, 2019

    Flash Forward is a right step toward bringing Wally back to prominence in DC even if it's taking a significant detour. With this creative team, Wally should be in a much better place than Heroes in Crisis left him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Sep 27, 2019

    While I have some trepidation about this title, Flash Forward #1 gives me hope that Lobdell can succeed in re-establishing Wally as a bastion of hope and heroism for the DCU. I look forward to seeing how this endeavour progresses. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Geek'd Out - Aaron Roberts Sep 23, 2019

    And this is exactly where The Flash should be: amongst the brazenly bizarre and embracing the eccentric. The Flash is nothing without a little mind-bending absurdity. A fella who can run pretty fast isn't that particularly interesting. A guy who's lightning-infused tempo allows him to traverse different dimensions? Who's plugged in to the ebb and flow of time? Whose existence is tied into the cosmic narrative? Well, that's a tale worth telling. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comic Watch - Cody White Sep 19, 2019

    Flash Forward #1(Lobdell, Booth, Rapmund, Guerrero) begins the road to redemption for Wally West in a book that is rife with potential despite being at a severe disadvantage at the starting line. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Sequential Planet - Tariq Sims Sep 20, 2019

    It's a good start, but I hope the story gets more cohesive Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Sep 20, 2019

    Flash Forward #1 is a bit shaky as it tries to navigate the fallout of Heroes in Crisis, but by the issues end it finds its footing. With much of the heavy lifting out of the way, the series is set up to give readers a worthwhile Wally West comic that hasnt been seen since the beginning months of DC Rebirth. Lobdells story seems determined to be a rallying call for older readers, and if nothing else, the art team will ensure that the book looks good for its six-issue run. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Neilan Adams Sep 23, 2019

    An iconic character like Wally needed his own series and hopefully Lobdel will cement Wally's return to the DC universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 18, 2019

    Flash Forward #1 is an interesting start to this miniseries. It feels like it's a story you need the whole picture before truly judging. Unfortunately, we have to do that one issue at a time. With that, this feels like one that's worth a read but maybe hold out for the trade. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 18, 2019

    Brett Booth has some terrific art in this issue. Everything visually looks amazing throughout. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 18, 2019

    There may be too much baggage here to simply store it in a six issue mini overhead compartment, but with the elements involved laid out in front of us, the creative team may be able to shove it all in in a way that works by the end.  Right now though, it comes off as a beautiful looking hodgepodge that will hopefully redeem our main character in a way that feels right.   Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 18, 2019

    Flash Forward #1, the first issue of a spin-off from Heroes in Crisis is an odd duck " it's essentially two comics in one, and neither is particularly bad " although there are some glaring logical issues in one " but they go together like oil and water. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Sep 19, 2019

    All in all, Flash Forward is what it is - an editorial mandated event with little heart behind it, though it does look good enough. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 19, 2019

    It gets a C plus. It had such potential but maybe it'll improve. Wally West is one is my favorite characters. I was hoping this series would set his story straight. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Russ Burlingame Sep 18, 2019

    Brett Booth knocks this issue out of the park, with some great facial acting, great body language, and interesting page layouts. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Sep 22, 2019

    Wally West should be getting a better treatment than this. He should be The Flash or, at the very least, have his own book as some other character, just something more than a miniseries by two mostly mediocre creators. But fine. Flash Forward is as much as you're going to get for the foreseeable future and it's ok. The writing is ok, the premise is creative, the redemption is (so far) well-handled and the art is tolerable. If you want to tell DC you still love Wally, vote with your cash and go buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer Sep 19, 2019

    To say that this issue surprised me would be a fair statement. Its not astounding by any means but Lobdell actually created something average. Im suitably impressed. The issue lagged with how much Wally was moping and I hope to god that lessens as we go on. Im cautiously optimistic about the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Sep 18, 2019

    . On the one hand, it aims to be a heart-wrenching tale of a man coming back from horrors. On the other, it's a high-stakes romp through the 52 worlds in order to save it from destruction. But at least it looks fun, right? Here is hoping that the more Flash Forward moves forward that it will find itself along with Wally West's soul. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 18, 2019

    The cliffhanger is intriguing, but that's about it. This issue takes too much time reminding us how bad Wally feels about accidentally murdering a bunch of heroes and not enough time hooking us into the new adventure. Instead, you're left a bit sad and confused as to what is going to happen next. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 19, 2019

    The problems of 'Heroes In Crisis' compounded by The Dark Multiverse and some truly unpleasant art. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Sep 20, 2019

    At the start of "Rebirth," Wally West was one of the most promising characters of the universe, but his arc suffers as DC continues to stall to solve the mysteries of their new world. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Fastest Archer Alive Sep 18, 2019

    Had to write a review because the critic reviews are too low on this in my opinion.

    Heroes In Crisis succeeded in humanizing Wally West and showing how massive emotional trauma can affect someone with massive power. And how that might not turn out so good to those closest to him, literally. Unfortunately, due to the lack of focus on Wally West post DC Rebirth, fans weren’t ready to see him so flawed and vulnerable. Instead, they expected Wally to still be squeaky-clean, and perfectly okay with everything that has happened to his life. This opened up cool new storytelling possibilities for him, and this comic is a good start.

    This series is supposed to (at least partially) redeem Wally West and have him come to terms more

    + LikeComments (7)
  • 10
    Wally West Sep 18, 2019

    This is not a good book. This is a great book. And I don't kill or hurt anyone in this story !
    Thank you Brett ! Thank you Scott ! You are the best !

  • 6.0
    Nihilist Sep 18, 2019

    I once cut my ankle - nasty, deep wound, I was unfortunate enough to fall exactly on a broken bottle. As you can imagine, it left a scar, but I suffered nothing more. No damaged nerves, no serious bleeding, no shattered bones. I just have a 1 cm long soft, pink oval-shaped tissue reminding me of what happened, now. Not a big deal, if you look at it from a wide enough angle, but from a perspective of the past-me, who just got hurt, it seemed pretty serious, and I needed some time to get better, to let it heal. Time is humanity's greatest healer, but it won't work its magic if you keep inteferring it constantly. As an example, I did my best not to damage the scab while the wounnd itself was closing up. I never scratched it, either.
    >And that's the point I want to make - if you're hurt, you don't want to keep irritating the wound. Let Mother Nature work uninterrupted.
    Same applies to comics, since otherwise I wouldn't mention this story at all, right? Heroes in Crisis was an utter disaster from the very beginning to the very end. One that costed DC the little credibility they've got left after Rebirth reboot. It was very much a nasty, deep wound, as much as the one on my ankle. It left people not just disappointed, but infuriated, seriously pissed off. And you know what would help DC after this fiasco? Forgetting about it and moving on, just letting it be forgotten, and eventually either ignoring or plain retconning it. But hey, that'd be impossible, since DC wants their continuity to matter! And that's precisely why I prefer elseworld stories, not restricted by nonsense and trash other writers created earlier on.

    Flash Forward would definitely be better off if it was an elseworld comic. An evil Wally, who murdered others at their lowest? Seems like a decent premise, conceptually, if you not include any of King's terrible dialogues and the sheer awfulness of Heroes in Crisis' plot execution.
    And this issue does pretty decent job explaining what happen, while also avoiding to show how poorly written it was. Still, though, this series seems like an equivalent of scratching a still fresh scab, risking opening it.
    I have no idea if it was a good idea from DC to launch this title. As I said, it's not bad, but it's arguable whether or not they should have ignored HiC altogether instead, or preferably, tell this story as an elseworld tale. This way it wouldn't have to carry on the awful legacy of Tom King's awful writing and awful event Heroes in Crisis was. more

  • 3.0
    Spacey Medicine Sep 28, 2019

    So whaaaaat if you murdered thirteen people in cold blood? You look so saaaaad about it now. And besides, you released all of their deepest, most personal confessions, which were never supposed to be released or even seen by anyone ever, violating their trust, their privacy, and their dignity in death. That’s what a hero does!

  • 10
    TangibleGlory Nov 23, 2019

    Great start to the series!

  • 9.0
    DSMister Sep 18, 2019

    The journey begins!

    We start with Wally seriously down in the dumps, and for good reasons. He has serious guilt about what happened back at Sanctuary, and there's even a nice snark to King about how he even thought the whole idea about framing others was even a good idea (ha!). There's a nice fact that some of the villains remember Wally as the Flash, and clearly, there's still animosity.

    The part with Tempus Fuginaut felt rather underwhelming, considering he gets little screen time, less than what I expected. Plus, the whole "k you're a hero i need you go save the multiverse bye lol" felt pretty rushed. I don't know much about TF, but I just wish he explained to Wally a bit more about the whole situation. I don't know more

  • 9.0
    KFuqua Sep 19, 2019

    Good start to getting Wally back to being the hero he should be. I look forward to more.

  • 9.0
    cincyfan Nov 25, 2019

    great start!

  • 8.5
    Dorival Sep 25, 2019

    Ok... i liked it.

  • 8.0
    SONOFBATMANN Sep 18, 2019

    I love a good multiverse story, and Lobdell sure seems to be delivering.

    Very happy that the Mobius Chair leftover from the Darkseid War is being used again, and I'd love for them to mention that it was Manhattan that killed Metron.

    President Superman is always a good sight to see. I hope Linda Park and Wally are developed more since we've barely seen her since the first Titans arc back in 2016.

  • 8.0

    The critics really surprised me on this one. I personally dug it and considering it is dealing with the impossible task of recovering from Heroes in Crisis, Scott does a pretty good job. Also, I like that we get a hint that Sideways isn't completely forgotten.

  • 8.0
    axdn Sep 25, 2019

    Can-t wait for next issue!

  • 8.0
    M1sf1r3 Nov 19, 2019

    Ok.... Heroes in Crisis was a thing, can't forget that apparently. Well, let's see how Wally is doing after getting some Tom King treatment.

    The Good:
    Art is better than I expected from Booth. I... I usually don't see that good of art from him, personally, I think it's dependent on the inker really.

    The Flash works in this cosmic setting and Wally is the one it's for.

    I'm also happy that it does still remember HiC (even though I hated that story) and hasn't thrown it away. We can get some good progression out of this.

    The Bad:
    I feel like the story could still have been down even without HiC.

    Who put Wally in normal prison? Especially Blackgate of all places.

  • 7.0
    Tizze Sep 20, 2019

    A step in the right direction for Wally West

  • 7.0
    egon244 Sep 22, 2019

    "Puddin to go!"

    This was not bad.

    I'm guessing Scott Lobdell did the best he could with what he was given. And, objectively, what he was given wasn't the best. I mean, we're still trying to forget that Heroes in Crisis ever happened.

    But I'm all for redeeming Wally West and some multiversal adventure with Calvin Ellis.

    Sadly, I don't think I will ever like art by Booth-Rapmund. I can't help it, I just won't.

  • 4.0
    Psycamorean Sep 21, 2019

    Starting this issue out with a character from Sideways - a comic about a character that is clearly supposed to be DC's Spider-Man, but fundamentally misunderstands what makes Spider-Man so great - is very appropriate. This comic is trying to make gold out of shit. Picking up the pieces from Heroes in Crisis, Dark Nights: Metal and The Darkseid War... Scott Lobdell is not the person for the job. There are some excellent examples of writers who are able to do what this comic is desperately trying to do. Unfortunately, they are all writers over at Marvel. I can't think of a writer at DC that is exceptionally good at what this series is trying to do. That being said, Scott Lobdell is still one of the worst options you could go with. As was Dan more

  • 3.0
    CaptnAmerca Sep 20, 2019

    This combines two of the recent DC storylines that I've liked the least, Heroes in Crisis and Dark Multiverse.

    I have no interest in continuing either of those plotlines.

    I hope Wally comes through it as a good character again, but I'm out.

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