How The Flash Could Have Erased DC’s Most Disputed Storyline
The One-Minute War’s most recent developments may have helped reverse any negative effects from one of DC’s most controversial stories.
The following contains spoilers from spoilers for The Flash#795 which is now available at DC Comics.
Flash is a well-known DC mantle. Numerous heroes have played the role throughout the years. One of the most well-known incidents in the history of the show was the time that the Flash was depicted as an accidental killer, who terrorized the entire heroes community. DC has been slowly shifting away from these incidents and could have now put an end to the tragedy completely.
The Flash #795 (by Jeremy Adams, Roger Cruz, George Kambadais, Fernando Pasarin, Wellington Dias, Oclair Albert, Luis Guerrero, Matt Herms, and Rob Leigh) sets the scene for “One-Minute-War” to undo the final lasting consequences of Heroes in Crisis. Wally West was particularly affected by the storyline, as numerous stories have undermined its influence over time. But this latest turn might be the final nail in the coffin for one of the most controversial stories in DC’s history.
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One-Minute War brings Wally back to Heroes In Crisis
The Flash family has been fighting against the Fraction interdimensional expansionists who seek to expand their influence over Earth. There have been numerous deaths in the battle, most notably Wally West himself who was reportedly vaporized during the battle. The Flash family (notably his wife Linda and his heroic daughter Irey) are trying to come to terms with the loss they seem to have suffered. Thanks to this, Wally was able to make it through the event because of his ally Gold Beetle.
Wally was stranded in the timestream and the hero who travels time helped him escape. The advanced technology she has developed allowed Wally to rescue himself from certain death. Wally finds out that they’re located in a mysterious area known as the time point. Also known as Planet Flash. Wally is also informed that there are ten more heroes in the region. These are the people Wally and the rest of DC Universe believe were killed in Heroes in Crisis. This information is more grueling than we expected, as Wally initially believed that all the heroes had been killed by him. The guilt remains with Wally for years afterward.
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DC Reverses Heroes in Crisis’ Big Deaths
Heroes in Crisis (by Tom King, Clay Mann, Mitch Gerads, Travis Moore, Lee Weeks, and Jorge Fornes) focused on the investigation into the massacre at Sanctuary, a secret clinic for superheroes. Wally was blamed for the deaths in the final issue of the story. Wally had lost control of his powers and unleashed an energy blast that killed Hot Spot as well as several other superheroes, such as Commander Steel, Commander Blue Jay, Commander Steel, and Hot Spot. It caused controversy due to the subject matter and its presentation. The Flash being a serial killer was the root of much of the outrage that followed the incident. It wouldn’t take too long for DC to start reversing the consequences of the event.
Poison Ivy was revived before the end of Heroes in Crisis and Arsenal was later brought back after the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal. Wally’s dark presence at the event was later retconned as partially reverse-flash’s fault. The Speed Force caused the power surge which killed the other heroes. However, “One-Minute-War” might have discovered a way to reverse the only remaining impact of the storyline and quietly restore all the casualties that occurred in that story. It could be a way to erase Wally’s biggest tragedies and errors.
The events of “One-Minute War” could allow characters that were killed in this way to be able to rejoin the DC’s core Universe with Wally (as it’s not a fake-out). Wally’s role in the Heroes in Crisis storyline has been gradually eliminated However, this revelation could erase the slate. This would rewrite the primary lingering impact of the storyline.