Wally West might be the fastest human alive — not to mention the first person to discover the truth behind the Speed Force, which powers all of the DC Universe speedsters in one form or another — but even he doesn’t understand what lies beyond the Speed Force. Thankfully, new Flash creators Si Spurrier and Mike Deodato Jr. are ready to help him uncover the truth in the new Dawn of DC series starting this September — and Popverse has an exclusive first look at the covers and interiors for the first issue.
What is the Dawn of DC era of The Flash all about?
Relaunching in September as part of the Dawn of DC initiative, the new Flash series — which will be renumbered to #1, although it will feature 'legacy numbering' on the cover, reflecting its status as #801 at the same time — will see Wally discover new ways to use his powers in order to explore the limits not only of himself, but of the Speed Force as a concept in an attempt to discover the truth behind that sinking feeling he has that there’s… something out there on the other side of the Speed Force trying to make contact.
Flash fans have already had a chance to see what lies ahead with a preview story in this month's Flash #800, but DC’s advance description of the series’ first issue offers even more clues about what to expect: “Wally West has never been quicker, more fulfilled, more heroic. His loving family is around him. And yet something is off. Very off. His evolving nderstanding of his powers has opened Wally to new avenues of sci-fi adventure, and attuned his senses to strange new ideas. Something whispers from the dark vibrations beyond the Speed Force, and as Wally experiments with creative new approaches to his powers he encounters new realms, mysterious allies and mind-shattering terrors.”
If this sounds like an unexpected twist on the Flash, it is — but let’s not forget that the Silver Age Flash was enough of a sci-fi book filled with crazy concepts as to basically invent the multiverse as it exists today in pop culture, so Spurrier and Deodato are following in some fine footsteps, and doing so fittingly quickly, too.
The Speed Force is bigger than just Wally...
Courtesy of DC, get a sneak peek of the interiors of The Flash #1, and see that it's not just Wally West that longtime Flash Family fans can expect to see. That certainly looks like Max Mercury and Impulse to me...
Feel free to judge a comic by its cover when the covers look like these
The first issue of the new run (no pun intended, really) features two separate covers from interior artist Deodato, as well as variants from Riley Rossmo, James Harren, Matt Taylor, Rose Besch, and Rahzzah, and you can see them for the first time right here:
The Flash #1 will be released September 26.
Keep up to date with all the Dawn of DC announcements right here.