When I heard King’s premise for this series, I was intrigued. Because while the idea of superhero PTSD has been hinted at in different arcs/titles, to my knowledge, it has never been fully explored. So I’ve been eagerly awaiting King’s treatment.
Which is why issue #1 is such a letdown for me. Everything was going great until I hit the panel with Roy and Wally’s corpses. That completely threw me out of the story.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not mad that two characters I care about are dead. To give a series like this weight, you need to lose characters the audience has a connection to. If the panel had included Roy and another character I care about, I would’ve been shocked and angry and sad but fully in the moment with Superman.
The problem is, the minute I saw Wally, I thought “Is this the third or fourth time they’ve killed Wally since Rebirth? Third, right? Yeah, this is the third. Wow, Wally just can’t catch a break. Why do they hate Wally?” My reaction had nothing to do with the story, but the wider timeline since Rebirth began.
That’s not all on King. He’s only killed Wally once, but I wish he’d chosen any other hero. Maybe once I reread I’ll be able to stay in the narrative and really judge the issue on the story itself; it’s just a shame I couldn’t do that the first time.