The truth is out there, but do we want to believe?
The central murder mystery behind DC’s Heroes in Crisis has just grown more complicated.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Heroes in Crisis #5!
This series opened with a horrific massacre at Sanctuary, a place intended to serve as a safe haven for psychologically troubled heroes. The first issue implicated Booster Gold as the killer, but this new chapter casts doubt on that revelation. Based on clues in issue #5, The Flash (Wally West) may be the true murderer, even though he was among the dead at Sanctuary.
That’s the implication in this chapter. Ever the superhero fanboy, Booster examines footage of the Sanctuary massacre and deduces that Wally’s body was five days older than it should have been at the time of his death.
Another page in this issue shows a mysterious figure picking up a rose Harley Quinn tossed off a bridge. This figure looks to be Wally himself. It would seem that Wally has been abusing his speed powers and travelling through time. As Flash fans know well, it can be tough to permanently kill characters like Reverse-Flash who can travel through time at will and stay one step ahead of death. Wally may have used those five days to murder his fellow heroes and commit some bizarre form of speedster suicide.
More important than the how in this case is the why. Why would one of the world’s most beloved heroes turn on his own? It may have to do with Wally’s current, tenuous place in the DCU. As DC Universe Rebirth #1 revealed, Wally was nearly wiped out of existence when Watchmen’s Doctor Manhattan altered the DC timeline. Though Barry Allen was able to pull his old friend out of the Speed Force, Wally has been forced to confront a world where his wife Linda doesn’t remember who he is, and where his children never existed.
With Heroes in Crisis being a story about characters confronting and overcoming profound trauma, Wally may wind up becoming a sobering reminder of what happens when these heroes are pushed too far. On the other hand, with four issues yet to go, there’s no telling what other plot twists might crop up before the killer is brought to justice.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our review of Heroes in Crisis #5.
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