Surprise. More to words to come on this miniseries soon, but right now I have to make dinner.
Please take a moment to let us know what you think of this issue!
And Jamie has crafted seven amazing Flash-centric covers for every issue, showcasing important speedsters that appear throughout the story... and one non-speedster who might actually be the true hero of this entire tale. But who could that be? Wait for the seventh issue.
Let's check out #1's cover again, featuring Barry Allen himself:
I’ve been planning writing The Flash since August 2015. That’s when Justice League #46 landed, and that’s the issue where Barry Allen took a leave from the World’s Greatest Heroes.
I’ve said previously that I’m not particularly good at writing the character, which is evidenced by the fact that I was the writer on the character’s book when the site launched… and I flubbed it. After a handful of issues, I gave up and we had to have fill-in writers-- perhaps the first of the site?-- and then I came back to wrap up my stupidly convoluted storyline and that was that.
(Interestingly though, the villain of my story, which was going to run for nine issues up to the book’s chapter of The Apokolips Imperative, was a speedster in a yellow costume, whose identity would have remained a mystery until the final instalment of the arc…)
I’ve had a hand in the book off and on since… co-wrote and wrote some issues here and there-- not enough to do damage! I was also the editor in the later years of the book, most proudly through one of the most seminal DC2 arcs, “Legacy of the Lightning”, which had Professor Zoom deliver one of his most decisive defeats to Barry Allen.
So, yes. I’ve been planning on writing The Flash since August 2015. We’d just met Cobalt Blue, a silent and sinister speedster with Barry Allen’s face, who’d sided with Lord Naga in Kobra’s war against the forces of good. He was imprisoned beneath Iron Heights, in the dreaded Pipeline, still silent, still sinister, but now under the watchful wardenship of the then newly debuted Harrison Wells.
Aaaaand that was-- chronologically-- the last we saw of Barry Allen, but not the last we saw of The Flash. He played a role in Most Wanted but that was set before his disappearance. He’s a player in Young Justice but that’s again, set before his disappearance.
But after Barry’s supposed disappearance, a Flash has turned up in recent Christmas specials, annuals… and no one knows who he is beneath the mask… not even Jay Garrick! And when the elder statesman speedster kinda / sorta remembers, the memories are quickly overwritten by something… but who knows what? And that’s not all. The Titans got together a Christmas or so ago, but no one remembers who Kid Flash was under the mask! Even though they’re more family than superteam. How odd…
I've written the first issue (just posted) and part of the second one. I have the remaining issues loosely plotted. I have the first issue of the follow-up series written as well, as well as a cover ready to go. I know where that book is going to. The problem is, when will I write the rest of the issues? I don't want to get anyone's hopes up, but some of the more esoteric, non-Justice League content, is harder for me to write than not. But I don't want to sit on stories! I have an issue of New Outsiders ready to go that'll come out soon, I have loads of stories planned... it's just writing them that's the struggle right now.
Regardless, before we can find out who the new Flash is, we need to find out what happened to the old one.
That read like an awesome flash issue to me! Favorite line
his body a barely recognisable patchwork of damage.
Lots of interesting things to look forward to. I like the home life aspect too. And Wally trying to find a new identity is gold.
Thanks, Roy! This issue was very much about setting the stage for what's to come, and I have a big chunk of the second chapter done that continues the theme. I wanted to show the lives of these characters before, because I think that'll make the shape of the Flash legacy all the more sadder when we see the after.
And yes, it's really hard to figure out an original superhero name if your powers are super speed, as Wally and Linda can attest.
My experience with The Flash is limited. For some reason, he was never one of the characters that I followed in the comics-- unlike Batman or Supergirl or Wonder Woman. But I LOVED Wally West's Flash on the Justice League cartoon; the true heart of the team, with an amazing presence and voice. Had I been following the comics, I'm sure I would have been disappointed when they brought back Barry Allen and rewrote Wally's role as THE Flash.
So this was an excellent issue for me in that you did a nice round up of the members of the Flash Family, setting the stage for events to come, while also moving the plot forward. One of the best things about the DC2 is your ability to have continuity, the feel of a world that's actually moving, not just static. (While you, Charlie, have a deft hand at picking and choosing how to tell a story that doesn't swamp a reader with exposition and backstory!) I'm excited to see where this goes!
P.S. I would agree that the best "speed" based super-hero names seem to be taken... Bolt? Tempo? Impetus? (That sounds more like a villain).