Wally West, the original one, continues to be very much the central character of the new Titans series, following the Rebirth issue. And of all the various books coming out with Rebirth connections, Titans is also the one most immersed in the crossover event.
The story picks up directly from the Rebirth issue, as Wally and Lilith work with the rest of the group to try to figure out who has messed with their memories, and their realities. Kid Flash gets a new costume in this story, one that maintains the cut and style of his original outfit, but has the colour scheme of Barry Allen’s costume, to reflect his adult status as a Flash.
There is also a new costume for Wonder Girl in this issue, a black and silver number, a variation on the outfits Donna Troy has been wearing since the 90s.
But aside from the outfits, I can’t really give high praise to Booth and Rapmund’s art in this issue. A lot of it looks good, but some of the anatomy is way off. Particularly shameful is a panel in which Arsenal is apparently disjointing his leg as he kicks a bad guy.
And though most of the group do get something to do, this is really Wally West’s story. Poor Aqualad is marginalized so much that all he does is make a comment about a nasty dolphin he once fought.
To be fair, there is a lot to deal with when it comes to Wally, and Linda Park is given a significant role in the issue. While Wally and Lilith discuss the woman who was once his wife and the mother of his children, Linda ponders her meeting with Kid Flash, and decides to investigate this vaguely familiar man.
I was particularly pleased with the villain who shows up at the conclusion of the tale, revealing his role in removing everyone’s memories of Wally West. Way back, in the months leading up to Flashpoint, there had been hints that this man was involved in the reality altering events going on, but those all seemed to get dropped when Flashpoint struck. Abnett pays off those long abandoned clues by bringing back…
Well, geez, I’m not going to ruin it by telling you who it is. Read it yourself!