I wonder, Wally’s currently wearing his Flash Rebirth Suit. If/When Barry comes back from Justice Incarnate to take back the lead, will Wally return to his DC Rebirth suit?
Hopefully, Barry gets lost in neither regions of the multiverse and never comes back. Wally is the Flash!
Unless the movie tanks and the TV series wraps I don’t think there’s much chance of that happening for a few years. (if ever!)
Anyway, I have no problem with Barry and Wally co-existing.
Honestly, the “There’s only room for one Flash in this universe” attitude has never held any validity in my eyes. (Regardless of who is in the running)
I guess I was a little harsh regarding Barry Allen. He was my Flash growing up in the sixties, but I think he went
out in the biggest way possible, saving the universe during Crisis, and DC should have honored his sacrifice. It wasn’t like fandom was demanding his return, but rather DC editorial hated Wally and pushed him aside for Barry’s return.
Wally was unique, he actually replaced his mentor (not even Dick did that) and he should have been allowed to continue his journey. Heck, Wally was a seminal Silver Age DC character and he was discarded into the dust bin of comic history when The New 52 came along. That was criminal.
I am very happy Wally is back and doing well under the auspices of Jeremy Adams.
If DC can find a way to have Wally and Barry co-exist after this next looming crisis (God help us, not again!) so be it. But not at the expense of Wally West.
On that we do agree! I was one of the loudest most vocal supporters for the restoration of Wally West all through the New52. In fact, on several message boards I frequented I posted an almost monthly blog called
I also petitioned Mattel to do the Wally West Flash figure seen here.
During a Q&A on a message board with one of the guys in charge of the DCUniverse Classics line, I had posted
‘TPTB at DC have basically erased Wally West and his twenty-five years as The Flash from existence (and I’m sure if they had the power they’d erase him from our memories) I ask,…No. I implore you! As a fan, and on behalf of my fellow fans of the wonderful figures you’ve done of the Justice League of America’s members, to show your support for those of us who have been belittled and ignored by DC’s current leadership. Please! Make a DC All-Stars figure of Wally West as THE FLASH!”
Now maybe it was already on their schedule, by that point, but I like to think my post on Mattel’s “Ask Matty” forum, but I like to think I at least helped Wally get made sooner rather than later.
I loved your impassioned plea on Wally’s behalf to DC editorial. We need more fans like you!
Current run by Jeremy Adams is wonderful! Focusing on Wally, his relationship with his kids, and some fun connections to other DCU characters has been really engaging! I wish the art was more consistent, but it’s pretty solid.
I love them both! I hate to see one without the other. We had that for years, just Wally. Loved the way Mark Waid carried Wally forward and gave him his due as the rightful heir to the mantel. But I am an original fan and I am glad to see Berry being brought back. It was very hard as a Flash fan to digest his death in the 80’s. So for me there will always be room for both.
I think Barry had a great hero’s sendoff and legacy, so I’m in the camp that he should have stayed the fallen hero. However, I don’t think either character should be removed now. I hope DC finds a way for both characters to successfully co-exist.
Hal had a very different legacy, so I feel differently about his rebirth.
The story just resonated with me more the first time I read it. Maybe it’s partly because Barry was put on a pedestal, or because the Corps concept had room for multiple Green Lanterns, but multiple Fastest Men Alive with near identical cowled costumes didn’t seem as natural. Also, the other GLs still existed and operated with their own supporting cast/teams, costumes, and personalities. The same can’t be said for the Flash, especially Wally after Flashpoint.
So why isn’t the entire Carey Bates run available anywhere? It’s like the longest and arguably most significant run on the character, and there are only a few issues avaliable. What gives?
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