Not too many things can cause issues between Barry Allen and Wally West, however, there is only one person who can do such a thing, and that person is back.
Spoiler Alert: This article has spoilers for The Flash Annual #1. If you wish to read the issue, then this is the point of return for you.
At the moment, Barry and Wally are not cool with each other and it all heads to Iris West. Iris is still clueless about her history with Wally, and the duo is not in agreement about the way he should handle it. Then there is that thing about Iris killing Eobard Thawne, that certainly would make up a fascinating conversation.
However, not just Barry and Wally are interested in Iris, because an unknown entity from the future is dispatching The Renegades back in time to arrest her for Thawne’s murder. The Renegades comprise of Mirror Monarch, Commander Cold, Heatstroke, Weather Warlock, and Golden Guardian, the soldiers of the future inspired by the villains who have consistently challenged The Flash. They are all going back to Iris to arrest her and take her to the future to attend the trial of killing Thawne, and there is only one guy who can set up something like that.
If you expect it to be Hunter Zoloman aka Zoom, then you are absolutely right.
On the last page of the issue, Zoom takes off his hood and reveals that he is the person pulling strings on this drama from the 25th century. Zoom has always believed that his actions are for the betterment of The Flash, and this time is not any different, as he goes on unleashing a Flash War which he believes will turn the speedster into the kind of hero required by the world.
You can have a look at the spoiler images above.
Written by Joshua Williamson, The Flash Annual #1 has art by Christian Duce Fernandez and a cover created by Joshua Williamson. The official synopsis is given below:
“FLASH WAR” prelude! The biggest Flash story of 2018 starts here, with a special story starring the classic Wally West, who’s conflicted over whether to let Iris West know he is alive—and he’ll need the help of the Flash to figure out what to do! But when Magenta, Wally’s old love, needs his help, the Flash returns home to Keystone City where he is confronted with violent memories of an unknown world…A major turning point for the Flash family that sets the path for earth-shattering stories in 2018!”
The Flash Annual #1 is available in comic stores now.