The latest twist within the One-Minute War may have reversed the last lingering effect from the most controversial of DC’s stories.
The following contains spoilers for The Flash#795, which is now available at DC Comics.
The Flash is among DC’s most famous mantles and has seen a variety of heroes in the past filling the role. One of the most famous incidents in the history of the show was the time that The Flash was depicted as a lone killer that threatened the entire heroes’ community. DC has been steadily moving away from these events and may now have put an end to the tragedy once and for all.
The Flash #795 (by Jeremy Adams and 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 reverse the long-lasting effects of Heroes In Crisis. Wally West was particularly affected by the storyline, as numerous stories have diminished its influence over time. But this latest turn might be the final nail in the coffin for one of DC’s most controversial stories.
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One-Minute War brings Wally back to Heroes In Crisis
“One-Minute War” has pitted the Flash family against the Fraction, agents of an interdimensional expansionist empire hoping to extend their conquest to Earth. There have been numerous victims of the war, most notably Wally West himself who was believed to have evaporated during the battle. The Flash family (notably his wife Linda and their heroic daughter Irey) are doing their best to deal with the apparent loss. But it turns out Wally did not die due to the assistance of his friend Gold Beetle.
Wally was trapped within the time stream and the time-traveling hero was able to help him escape. Her advanced technology enabled her to save him from death. She informs Wally that they’re in a mysterious place called the time point also known as Planet Flash. Wally is also informed that there are ten more heroes within the space. These are the heroes that Wally and the rest of DC Universe believe were killed in Heroes in Crisis. This revelation is a bit more grueling than we expected, as Wally initially believed that all the heroes were killed by him. The guilt has haunted Wally ever since.
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DC Reverses Heroes in Crisis’ Big Deaths
Heroes in Crisis was written by Clay Mann, Clay Mann, and Mitch Gerads. Lee Weeks, Lee Weeks, and Jorge Fornes focused on the investigation into the massacre at Sanctuary, the secret facility for superheroes. Wally was blamed for the deaths in the final issue of the story. Wally was unable to control his powers for a short time. of his powers and unleashed an energy burst that killed Hot Spot along with a host of other heroes, including Commander Steel, Commander Blue Jay, Commander Steel, and Hot Spot. It caused controversy due to the topic and how it was presented. The idea of the Flash being a serial killer was the reason for the outrage that followed the incident. DC was quick to reverse the negative effects of the situation.
Poison Ivy was revived before the end of Heroes in Crisis as well as Arsenal was later brought back following the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal. Wally’s darker presence in the story was later retconned to be partially attributable to Reverse Flash and the explosion of power that killed the other heroes was caused by the Speed Force. However, the upcoming movie, “One-Minute-War”, might be capable of reversing the sole consequence of the storyline, and discreetly repairing all the deaths that occurred in that story. It could be a way to erase Wally’s biggest mistakes and tragedies.
The events of “One-Minute War could allow characters that were killed in this way to make their return to the central DC Universe with Wally (as long there isn’t a fake-out). Wally’s part in the Heroes in Crisis storyline was steadily removed However, this revelation could clean the slate. In essence, it will more or less retcon the main lingering impact of the storyline.