Meet the latest lawmen of Central City.
Newly crowned mayor Gregory Wolfe has freed members of the Flash’s Rogues Gallery – he was previously governor of super-prison Iron Heights – to crack down on crime.
Meanwhile, super-scientists Dr Mid-Nite and Mr Terrific have news for Flash Wally West and love of his life Linda.
And the upcoming happy event just might solve a mystery.
Ha, the Spandexed brainboxes may not be sure, but I am, and you read it here first. Unless, of course, writer Jeremy Adams has a twist in store. Linda and Wally will no doubt learn. For now, Linda has to rest, while Wally looks into the new cops on the block.
Uh-oh. It looks as if being on the same side isn’t going to put an end to the long-standing enmity between Wally and the Rogues.
But you know what? I would love it if this storyline ended with Wally, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Mirror Master, Trickster and Weather Wizard as allies. After Barry Allen died in the Crisis on Infinite Earths mutual affection brought Wally and several Rogues together as the colourfully clad criminals tried to embrace the straight and narrow. It didn’t last, but heck, it would be tops if peace broke out this time… new villains could always pick up the slack, either as legacies or all-new menaces.
As usual, Adams gifts us a meaty script full of incident, personality and surprises – Wally’s reaction when Captain Cold tells him he’s now a good guy is priceless, while a wonderful page shows us that TerrificTech is a very interesting place to work. There’s a nice callback to an old Barry storyline, a revelation about Wolfe and a most intriguing bit of business spinning out of the recent Flashpoint Beyond series.
Penciller Fernando Pasarin and inker Matt Ryan contribute my favourite brand of superhero art – clear, clean and clever. Just look at the opening splash of the dogged deputies up top, they look formidable and full of character. The joy Wally and Linda share at the baby news is there in every line. The action sequences showcase the ex-villains’ gimmicks. And I’m strangely impressed by Wolfe’s swanky new office.
The colours are laid down by Matt Herms and complement the line art, picking out the characters, making them pop. The colour choices are especially effective on the final page, when an old pal of Wally’s turns up. I won’t spoil it, but if I say ‘the one who isn’t Nightwing’, you’ll likely guess! They get a nice new logo courtesy of letterer extraordinare Rob Leigh.
The cover by Taurin Clarke is, as you can seem, bloomin’ marvellous, from the imposing Rogues to the city-specific news microphones.
The only thing missing from this excellent issue is the announcement of a Name the Baby contest. Come on Jeremy Adams! How about Ollie West? Or if it’s a girl, Molly!