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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. J_Michael_T
    July 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm — Reply


    Why do they hate him so much? Successful and popular. I don’t get it.

    • July 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm — Reply

      I don’t think they hate him. I think that they wrote themselves in a corner reviving Barry, and in the new-and-younger climate of the New 52, there’s no place FOR him.

      Honestly, the obvious answer is to have the original Earth-1/New Earth Wally travel over to the continuity of Earth-2/Worlds’ Finest, and take it from there.

      • DrNobody
        July 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm — Reply

        Hey now… He COULD have been Kid Flash for 5 years, and then quit due to either raising a couple of super powered kids, or because his powers were giving him problems… Essentially giving Wally fans a nod that he exists and was a part of the universe, but still finding a good use for him (although 2 Flashes really shouldn’t be too far fetched a concept as there are now 5 GLs, and it really makes more sense to have 2 super-speedsters covering all of the world any ways… Just sayin’!!)… I think they dropped the ball any ways by not streamlining the 2 characters origins… Perhaps Iris had Barry watching her nephew for an evening and they were both doused with chemicals instead of it miraculously happening a second time…

  2. Michael
    July 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm — Reply

    Well that was time wasted.

    DC should junk the NuDCU and use Young Justice as the basis for its RillyNuDCU.

    • July 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm — Reply

      Except Young Justice isn’t really new, it is Earth 16. I’m not arguing against using it (I’d actually prefer a few titles from that setting, to be honest), just pointing out that it wouldn’t really be as new as the DCnU.

  3. Xian
    July 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm — Reply

    Mattel announced Wally’s getting a new toy.

  4. Jeff
    July 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm — Reply

    Wally’s new toy is for grown-ups, and is a private thing between him and Mrs. West…

  5. Lawrence
    July 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm — Reply

    That was the main problem I had with the new 52, they only have 5 years to squeeze in 50+ years of sidekicks and character evolution. I really hate 4 Robins, Supergirl and Suberboy, two Wondergirls and 4 Flashes. It just doesn’t make sense in my opinion, they should have done a gradual release of their characters. I hope Marvel considers that when they retool their universe.

  6. July 14, 2012 at 7:38 am — Reply

    Wally/Barry is going to be the new fandom civil war along the lines of Kyle/Hal in the mid-90s, isn’t it?

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