He’s one of the fastest men alive, and Barry must try and solve the puzzle of what happened during the New 52. Matthew and Stephen weigh in (and that isn’t a fat joke) in this week’s Dueling Review of Flash Rebirth #1
Some weeks, I have no idea what I’ll be chatting about in this column until the last second. Not this week! This time, I’ve been anxious to weigh in on DC’s Rebirth coming this summer! We don’t yet know a lot about this event yet, but I like what I see so far! Let me share my thoughts on it with you.
Or – “And I Raaan,Â I Ran So Far Awaaaay…Â Couldn’t Get Away!” (With apologies to Rodrigo and A Flock Of Seagulls…)Â Â DC Editorial is of the opinion that Barry Allen had to return, that he was the bestest Flash of all Flashes ever, and that it’s time for him to really shine in what might be called a new Silver Age for the DC Universe.Â But first, he has to fix the mess left by the time-traveling villain with a fetish for killing the women in his life.Â As for me, I figured, what the heck, I’d go ahead
The final installment of Flash: Rebirth arrives next week, and DC Comics released a sneak peek of the issue for all to take a gander at. What will happen with the Family Flash? The sneak peek gives a hint, but you’ll have to pick up the full issue to get the full info as the release of Flash #1 gets closer.
While DC has maintained Wally West and Bart Allen would continue to play a big role in the Flash Universe – there were statements made that BOTH Wally and Barry would continue to be the Flash – Dan DiDio quashed those claims in an interview with Newsarama.Â DiDio stated that Barry would be the only Flash in 2010, as the Wally West back up stories, and the Kid Flash title have both been dropped. When Johns brought Green Lantern back, at least Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner had the Green Lantern Crops to return to where we could follow their
Or – “The Cavalcade of Resurrections Continues!Â Next Up:Â Scalphunter!” I’m not one of those people who rail at the disintegration of our society or the loss of the niceties of modern communications, or even the guy who insists on explaining why he doesn’t own a television because it rots our creative souls.Â But IÂ am disappointed that this seriesÂ (whose very premise raises much skepticism for me) has managed to damage my not-so-sensitive sensibilites yet again. DC editorial has announcedÂ that Flash: RebirthÂ (like it’s creative twin ‘Captain America: Rebirth’) will be adding an issue to it’s run in midstream because the creators wanted
Or – “This MEANS Something…Â This Is IMPORTANT.” Barry Allen is back, and the signs that accompany him aren’t those of celebration…Â Dark skies, lightning storms, strange maladies affecting the various speedsters of the DC Universe.Â I’m getting a feeling that escaping the clutches of death many not have been as easy (or as final) as Mr. Allen might have us believe, and it’s quite obvious that staying alive (with respect to Barry Gibb) may not be alright, may not be okay, and we may not be able to look the other way forever.
DC Comics unveiled the variant cover to the upcoming Flash: Rebirth #3, and it looks really awesome. I’m not big on variant covers (I too was burned during the 1990s and the Gen13 debacle), but this is one I might actually ask my comic book guy to track down for me.
Or – “Resurrection:Â Not Always A Good Thing.” There’s a tendency in comics for characters to return completely unscathed and unaffected by a seeming death, leaping back into action without even referencing their demise.Â But, as Stephen King or Rod Serling can tell you, the thought of someone returning from the grave can be a much more complicated and terrifying prospect.Â Heroes can come back, after all… …but sometimes they come back different.
Or – “When Editors Run The Roost…” Ever since the first issue of Final Crisis, DC has been abuzz with plans for the character that they obviously consider to be theÂ original Flash, Barry Allen, indicating that he has a greater role in the world than anyone would ever have thought.Â Having read Barry’s original series back in the day (I have a complete run from issue 175 to the end, and scattered issues before that, including a tattered copy of #123 with no cover) I can tell you this:Â I found him more interesting as Saint Barry, patron of fallen guys