Could Wally West be innocent of the killings for which he was jailed in the finale of the Heroes in Crisis? Not only does it seem like the younger Flash was framed for the multiple murders that had shocked the DC Comics universe, but the conspiracy that put him behind the bars may tie into the story of Doomsday Clock.
Heroes In Crisis: Sanctuary’s case
Heroes In Crisis detailed the existence of Sanctuary – a secret clinic which offers the specialized mental health care that superheroes sometimes have required. After several patients were killed despite the Sanctuary’s top-notch security, both Harley Quinn and Booster Gold were accused of the crime. However, it was ultimately revealed that Wally West was the killer, with the murders caused by an uncontrolled burst of the Speed Force energy. But for the fans who long to believe Wally West is somehow innocent – or are upset to see The Flash be made a killer – there may be evidence he’s been set up all along.
How Wally West caused the deaths and faked his own demise?
Heroes In Crisis #9 ends with a team of heroes unraveling just how Wally West had caused the deaths and faked his own demise. At the end of the issue, Wally West surrenders himself into the custody of his fellow heroes. The issue ends with the younger Flash imprisoned and an odd image of the The Flash symbol enveloped in the blue lightning.
Who was really responsible for triggering the sudden release of the Speed Force energy?
By altering the Metaverse so that The Kents died while Clark Kent was still a young teenager, and stopping the Legion of Superheroes from ever existing, Dr. Manhattan eliminated every touchstone that humanized Superman as a young adult. This created a new Superman (i.e. The New 52 Superman) whom Dr. Manhattan related to as better.
Doomsday Clock #10 also revealed that the Metaverse was not a passive reality and that it had started to fight back against Dr. Manhattan’s alterations. One way it did this was by bringing Wally West – the most powerful version of The Flash to have ever existed and one of the few heroes with the power to potentially match Dr. Manhattan’s power in a straight-up fight – back into the Metaverse, after Dr. Manhattan had removed him along with most of the classic Teen Titans.
While Wally West did not remember his first encounter with Dr. Manhattan once he resettled into reality, it was clear that Dr. Manhattan did not forget Wally West. Creating a power surge that caused Wally to lose control of his powers would be well within Dr. Manhattan’s capabilities, as would using his power to see the future to find the best point at which to attack Wally West would be best and make the surge look like a result of Wally’s losing control in a moment of weakness. This would further serve to undermine Wally’s confidence in himself and his status as an avatar of GREAT Hope – a force Dr. Manhattan seems to hold in both fear and disdain.
Dr. Manhattan’s energy is Blue
It is also worth noting that Dr. Manhattan’s energy is blue – the same color as Wally West’s lightning in Heroes in Crisis. This theory provides a motive, a means and an opportunity for Dr. Manhattan to have framed Wally West for murder, but this theory will remain just that until the next issue of the Doomsday Clock is released.
The Doomsday Clock #10 and Heroes in Crisis #9 are available now at your local comic book store.