Update: Writer Joshua Williamson has followed up posting more art on Twitter from next month's Dark Nights: Speed Metal #1 under the theme "Wally’s race is not over!" including pencils from Eddy Barrows and inked and colored art from Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas.
Check out Newsarama's gallery of panels from the 48-page special courtesy DC and links to art from Williamson's Twitter account:
SPEED METAL's Final Order Cut-off is this upcoming Sunday. Here are some of the panel previews of Eddy Barrows' awesome pencils. It's a big story for the Flash family. Be sure to pre-order a copy this week. pic.twitter.com/59unddfRw7August 26, 2020
And now some SPEED METAL inks by Eber Ferreira and colors by @fxstudiocolor! The race in Speed Metal is intense. FOC this Sunday. pic.twitter.com/MldhAgBu6UAugust 26, 2020
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Long-time The Flash writer Joshua Williamson is teasing something over on his Twitter account.
The image shown to the right is all he tweeted - no text - but there's a lot of meaning to be gleaned from it.
Eagle-eyed comic book fans will remember this as Wally West's watch, featured prominently in 2016's DC Universe: Rebirth #1 - which brought the fan-favorite character running, literally, back into the pages of modern DC comic books.
"The day I graduated high school, my uncle gave me a watch," West said back in that 2016 one-shot. "It belonged to his father. And his grandfather before that. The watch had been handed down generation after generation with an inscription on the back... 'Every second is a gift.'
"My uncle was an optimist. I used to be an optimist, too. Until the day the watch broke. And I lost it. I lost time. Everyone did."
That uncle is Barry Allen, whom West reunited with after nearly a decade in DC Universe: Rebirth #1. Since then, Wally's life has been full of ups and downs, from Heroes in Crisis to Flashpoint and now looking for redemption in Dark Nights: Death Metal.(opens in new tab)
While Williamson has said his run on The Flash title ends technically with the finale of the 'Finish Line' arc in #764, he told Newsarama that the Death Metal tie-in Speed Metal (scheduled to be released the same day) is just as important (opens in new tab) - especially for fans of Wally West.
"'Finish Line' wraps up, to me, what I have to say about Barry and the Barry Allen story that I've been building since 'Rebirth,'" the writer explained. "Speed Metal wraps up a lot of the stuff with Wally and really ties things up on an emotional level between Wally and Barry, things from 'Rebirth.'"
"When you read it, you'll see we're connecting all these things going back as far as 'Rebirth' then resolving things from Flash Forward (opens in new tab)," he continued. "It was important to me that I put certain things into motion starting with my issues of 'Rebirth' and 'The Flash War.' (opens in new tab) It was really important to me that I also tied those things up and finished some of those stories, and that's what Speed Metal does."
The one-shot is drawn by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira.
It definitely pushes Wally further along in his story, while wrapping up a lot of these things before," Williamson adds.
Dark Nights: Speed Metal #1 goes on sale on September 22.
Can't wait and want to read some The Flash stories now? Check out our rundown of the best Flash stories (opens in new tab) of all time.