I really do hate when this happens. I get excited for a comic because of the Cover and well... it underwhelms.
But it's a really good cover by Howard Porter.
But it's also supposed to be an annual. You expect some back story filler, but that's why they are over-sized and cost $4.99. You kind expect allot.
And what we got... eh.
Sure the battle with both Wally Wests and Barry was equally annoying as it was interesting (to see my feelings of the New 52 Kid Flash go here), but the drama between OG Wally and Barry was a bit contrived. Everyone wants OG Wally (yes he calls himself the Flash still too) to have a life outside of the Titans, but let's be honest, nobody really remembers him. Que weird remembering sequences.
The real story is the fallout from Iris killing Reverse Flash in the 25th century (his body also ended up in the Batcave too... but you know... continuity). The 25th century cops figured out Iris did it and want to bring her to the future to stand trial (you read that right). All of this is orchestrated by none other than....
Sure there are some other things that take place. OG Wally meets up with an old friend and Dick Grayson buys him an apartment to live in... but the entire issue came down to revealing that Zoom is back...
And there is going to be a Flash War.
Don't get me wrong, I would like to see OG Wally West kick a bunch of ass and rub it in Barry's face... but this comic didn't really deliver that. Heck, in the end, OG Wally (I hate writing that) admitted Barry was right.
So when do we get the conflict in this prelude? Is it what to eat next at the taco truck?
At least the art is pretty.
Rating: 6/10 Renegade Appearences