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Subj: There are some inaccuracies in your analysis...
Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 at 07:27:55 pm EST (Viewed 284 times)
Reply Subj: The Return of Barry Allen?
Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:24:31 am EST (Viewed 318 times)
Issues #75 to #79, right? In which Professor Zoom posing as Barry is the one to return.
I think it's called "Rebirth" for commercial reasons. "Green Lantern: Rebirth" was very successful, so they're trying to catch greater reader interest by giving this Flash story the same title, and bringing in the same creative team to do it.
Both, Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver are in it.
No, I think they have for some time now, followed on a trend of bringing some aspects of the Silver Age back.
Having Hal Jordan again is indicative of that, and so are many other instances.
More or less. The problem is that Johns is so good at what he does, that he sets the quality standards too high for any other writer who follows after he leaves.
13. Bart Allen's run lasted 13 issues. And it wasn't even the same title. The title we've been readin was cancelled at the time, and Bart was the star of a new one, titled "Flash: The Fastest Man Alive".
Wally was never dead to begin with. He was lost in the Speed Force.
And it wasn't the same series, as I explained above. That's why they continued the numbering without taking Bart's 13 issues into account.
Waid's approach didn't sit well with fans, mostly. Many didn't like the family dynamic that Waid introduced by having the kids as superpowered pre-teens. Plus, there was also the factor of Waid going to Boom Studios, another comic company, to become their editor in chief, so he was leaving DC anyway.
Probably. He's got a huge fan following.
It depends of who it is.
I think it was. Dan Didio himself said before Bart's title was launched that the first Flash we were going to see was not going to be the one that would stay.
That wasn't the case. Wally was never a failing idea. There was (and still is) a lot of mishandling of DC characters at the time, and even before Infinite Crisis started every fan was already speculating that Flash was going to be one of the "Big Guns" taken down in the saga, because they wanted to mirror what happened in the 1985 Crisis.
But Wally wasn't a failing idea, never was. He was in fact, a very well received legacy character, having many published years under his belt as Kid Flash, as Barry's sidekick, as well as a member of the Teen Titans.
Not me. Like many, I think the succesion was very forced and unnatural.
It's a way of seeing it, but I disagree. DC wants to bring some aspects of the Silver Age back, that's why they're bringing Barry back.
I agree with you about the "going backwards" bit tho', but for different reasons.
Barry was always a CSI. That was his work.
It's the current trend in superhero comics in general, which is the main reason I dropped all the DC and Marvel titles. IMO, superheroes should be one of the most lighthearted genres, not one of the darkest.
Leave darkness for barbarians, westerns, horror (specially horror!), and some sci-fi books.
All the grim and gritty don't sit very well in the superhero genre for me.
I don't think so. Johns already did that during his prior run.
The concept is the same, and the character is not new.
More or less, sure.
Of course. I think that at the time in which Dick Grayson became Nightwing for the very first time in the '80s, Flash was already in the 30th Century living with Iris, shortly before going to fight in the Crisis.
Barry's got a lot of catch up to do. He never met any of the current generation of teen heroes. A whole new generation debuted while he was dead, and they became very experienced before he came back. Tim Drake, Kon-El, Cassie Sandsmark, Cassie Cain, etc.
He never knew that Dinah was tortured in "The Long Bow Hunters" in which she lost her Canary Cry, to regain it later in issue #32 of "Birds of Prey". He never knew what happened to Barbara Gordon, being shot by Joker. He never knew what happened to Jason Todd, killed by Joker.
He doesn't know half of the members of the JSA now.
He doesn't know what happened to the Dibnies.
A lot of stuff happened, and he missed everything.
He will, he always does lots of research, and is one of the best writers there is when dealing with troubled continuities.
The brain has to work very fast for someone whose motor function work in such a manner.
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