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Someone showed me this, since I won't get my books until next week. (Did ask them to pull me a copy, tho'.)

Did you notice at the very end, in the scene of so many characters...

Left hand side, there's a guy in a red and SILVER suit, with lightning bolts on it, and it sort of looks like an all red version of the Kid Flash costume? (No top to the mask...hair sticking thru.)

Obviously, Wally, since his cousin is shown in a traditional Kid Flash style costume.

I wonder...

Will Wally have a code name? "Speedster"? "The Blur"? It's got me wondering...

They kept the secret amazingly well, if I get some time this weekend I shall rather like to talk more about Rebirth as it was not quite as appalling as I had feared. I disagree with much of its underlying mechanics but I will give full credit to Geoff Johns as It's strength for me lay in some fine heartfelt introspection and confession over the decline of the DCU in recent years and the erosion of so much of what made these characters appealing historically.
Returning Wally West was a decision I saw little reason for given Barry Allen's entrenchment these last five years, but Johns impressed by essentially devoting this books content and narrative to reintroducing him, and doing so in an emotional manner that only a die-in-the-wool pessimist could dismiss as wasteful pagecount.

So Wally returns to active service. Do we need him in the DCU today? No. But in a sense the revival of the original Titans by Dan Abnett means he at least has a home and is among friends and fellow orphans... in a real sense he has indeed come home. And the return of the Legacy tradition to the DCU forms an interesting subject in itself - it does appear that in as much as anything Rebirth is the manifest admittal that the 2011 rebooting and subsequent five years of aimless blundering have been not just a mistaae, but incredibly damaging. I posit then that what we have here is 70 pages of admittal of failure... and a publisher with little or no idea how to repair its self inflicted damage.

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