For those that hate the fact that Peter Parker and Mary Jane aren’t married, or were outraged that Superman and Lois Lane are no longer wed in the new DC, prepare for your inner kettle whistle to start screaming when you learn that Barry Allen isn’t married to Iris West.
In an article over at The Source, Brian Cunningham reveals all, stating, “Yes, folks — in the post-FLASHPOINT world, Barry Allen has not only never dated Iris West, but he’s dating someone else entirely in issue #1! And that someone is…his longtime coworker Patty Spivot!”
Who is the harlot Patty Spivot? And does the fact that Iris and Barry aren’t together mean that Wally West will never get to meet his uncle at the lab and be turned into Kid Flash? And what does that do to Bart Allen!?
My head is spinning! SPINNING! I need a drink!
And maybe a sandwich.
Yeah, that’s it, a sandwich to quell the anger that apparently I was experiencing just moments ago. Mmmmm… sandwich.
I’m not going to get too worked up over this, for several of reasons – first, this gives us all a chance to relive the moment when Barry and Iris first started dating, ’cause unless you have a copy of Showcase Presents, or read the stories when they were originally published, you never got to see the wedding the first time.
Second, unless you are really old, you probably only grew up knowing Wally West as the Flash, and since Barry’s return to the DCU has only happened in the last three years, there probably isn’t a strong reader attachment to the couple.
Finally, we know something isn’t right in the New 52. I think I mentioned something a few months ago that Flashpoint was going to have repercussions in the New DCU, and it may lead to the heroes fighting to restore order to the universe. This may be somewhat confirmed by the mysterious sightings of the Flashpoint #5 Mystery Woman that have been popping up in the new number one issues.
Should heroes be married? Does the argument that being married or involved puts the significant other in jeopardy if the hero’s secret identity is found out an argument to believe in, or is it simply a convenient excuse to change continuity?