Hurrah, it’s time to solve the mystery of who killed everyone at Sanctuary, the happy holiday home for stressed-out superheroes.
It was Wally West, one of the bestest Flashes ever, because he was all confused and upset and couldn’t keep bolts of Speed Force lightning from escaping his body and slashing sundry sad superfolk to ribbons.
But don’t worry, he has a plan – no need to upset Sanctuary masterminds Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman by letting them know he’s killed everyone with a metahuman burp. Not when he can use his super-speed-knowledge of Sanctuary’s systems to frame Harley Quinn and Booster Gold, making each think the other had gone postal.
Hey, Wally’s Uncle Barry is a police scientist so of course he has the in-depth knowledge of how to fake a crime scene, so well that even the aforementioned senior Flash and Batman are fooled. That cryptic message in blood on the wall about foundry ‘puddlers’ will… er… throw doubt on the sanity of the superhero known as Pig Iron? Yeah, that’s it, those gosh-darned Zoo Crew types, never trusted ‘em.
Now the obvious thing for wise Wally to do is time travel five days into the future to execute another version of himself, then take that body into the past and make it look like just another victim – but not before doing all sorts of good deeds and confessing all to Lois Lane
Well done Tom King, Heroes in Crisis #8 is undoubtedly one of the best comics I’ve ever read, an important, insightful look at PTSD and the superhero set. Wally has journeyed from Flash fanboy to Kid Flash to The Flash – mass killing and the framing of friends are the inevitable next steps. Having learned that the reality he knew had changed, taking away his wife and kids, Wally simply had to lose his mind – it’s the truth Literature demanded. Why has it taken so long?
If there’s any justice at all, this bound-to-be-fan-favourite issue will win all kinds of awards and bring on a sequel or two. Grittily realistic comic books that treat long-established, much-loved characters, and their thousands of fans, with the respect they deserve. Perhaps Sanctuary can be rebuilt as a nursery and Sugar & Spike succumb to cot death! Or it could be a farm and Bat-Cow could infect the DCU with Mad Cow Disease! Let’s revive Parallax and Monarch for some team-ups with the new, fully realised Wally West!
There are so many Stories That Must Be Told, and King could bring back this issue’s talented artistic collaborators, Mitch Gerads and Travis Moore, to gift them to the world.
Heroes in Crisis. You know it makes sense.