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Subj: Re: Wally's ID gone public
Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 01:24:41 pm BST (Viewed 264 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Wally's ID gone public
Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 03:00:05 am BST (Viewed 250 times)

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For some reason, I always thought Wally was the one who revealed Barry was the Flash, perhaps hoping to let the public know beyond ANY doubt that there was a new Flash in town. That way, Barry's legacy wouldn't be marred by anything bad Wally may have done in his relative inexperience.

Yeah, that makes sense. I'm working purely off memory, so while the world knew The Flash had died I am not completely clear whether they knew he was also Barry Allen initially. But the evidence does point to it becoming public knowledge between Crisis #8 and Flash #1.
There's an awful lot left unsaid about that transitional phase, presumably Barry's parents were still alive, or were they? It says something that they were never seen again after Flash #350, so If you accepted that they died shortly after Barry did then really there would be no direct relatives left alive for his secret to matter anymore. Wally as you say would logically want it made transparent to the public what happened to the original Flash and what his own relationship with him was, the better to honour Barry's memory and draw a firm line between the two.

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