Your Morning Head: The Flash is back from the dead and he’s a dick

flsreb-1-2nd-printWoopty-doo, the Flash is back!  And this time?  He’s a dick.

The Silver-Age Flash, Barry Allen, died spectacularly way back in 1986 within the pages of Crisis on the Infinite Earths. For the longest time, this death seemed to be the one death beyond Bucky’s that was actually permanent in comics.  Well Bucky’s back over in Marvel comics and now Barry’s rejoined the living in the DCU as well.

I am not a fan of Ethan Van Sciver’s art, but I thought he really knocked a home run in these pages.  Really very nicely detailed with lots of stuff going on in the background.  I had lost interest in Van Sciver’s work on Green Lantern during the recent Sinestro Corps War, but his pencils in the pages of Flash Rebirth are very fresh.

I have issues with this book.

I already bitched about the bait and switch that DC pulled with this book.  ‘Nuff said on that score.

Barry Allen’s been dead for 23 years by my calendar.  Somewhat less by DCU standards.  Still, he’s been gone for quite some time.  Beyond that, he was beloved and respected by all the other DC characters.  So coming back from wherever the hell he’s been, you can imagine, the world is pretty excited.  Parties are thrown in his honor by his friends.  His wife makes him dinner.  His hometown holds a parade.

flash-rebirth-1Barry chooses not to attend any of these events.  Dick.

He’s got more important things to do:  “I can’t be late… for whatever the rest of the world needs me for.”

Self-important dick.

Now there are four active speedsters in the Flash family:  Golden Age Flash (Jay Garrick), Silver Age Flash (Barry Allen), Flash (Wally West), and Kid Flash (Bart Allen).  Seems a bit much when you consider they all do basically the same thing, run really fast.

How many of these guys do you need?*

And that said, perhaps Barry’s not quite as important as he thinks he is?

(*) Best line from this issue… All the bad guys from Flash’s Rogues’ Gallery are sitting around considering the return of Barry and the fact that there are now FOUR speedsters.  One of them remarks, “I think we’re gonna need more rogues.”

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  2. Are we 100% certain this is THE Barry Allen? I don’t recall anyone taking the time to check his ID during the Final Crisis debacle. Wally catches up to a guy that looks just like Barry Allen chasing a bullet that was shot backwards in time. Granted, the old adage is if it looks like a duck walks like a duck and sounds like a duck chances are it’s a duck, but I don’t think that same adage works on speedsters.

    When Marv Wolfman killed off Barry Allen, it was pretty final. We saw his physical body literally deteriorate. A little later someone else came along and more romantically revealed that the energy of the speedster’s soul essentially ran back in time, turned into an energy bolt that struck the very chemicals which turned Barry into the Flash in the first place. I thought that poetic and where the story should have ended.

    Of course the events of Infinite Crisis rewrote a lot of history, presumably bringing Barry back, but I don’t recall Barry being a dick, and a true speedster would never have to “catch up on what I’ve missed.” That’s not The Barry Allen. Eventually they’ll show it’s a clone or an impostor or something; probably about the same time they bring Bruce back from the dead. DC is so predictable.

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