We can all agree that 2021 had plenty of great stuff for DC fans. From the growth of DC on HBO Max, the emergence of spectacular new characters and a sophomore DC FanDome that was even more spectacular than the first, the DC Multiverse is now bigger than ever. But with so many great comics, movies and TV series in 2021, what we won’t all agree on is what we liked best.
We all have our own unique tastes as fans, even here at DCComics.com, so we asked members of our writing team to share their personal three favorites. Look for a different top three every day this week, starting with our man of questions and answers, Alex Jaffe!
Let’s be honest: it’s been a hard, demoralizing decade for Wally West fans. After Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wally West spent the years 1986 to 2009 as the definitive Flash, leaving the sidekick role behind him and embarking on the long, uphill road to claiming his place as the Fastest Man Alive. Then, to everyone’s surprise, Barry Allen returned from the dead. And in 2011, Flashpoint all but erased Wally from the universal timeline. In comics, in television, in movies, Barry Allen benefitted from a generation of character building done with Wally. Wally’s enemies became Barry’s. His story arcs became Barry’s. Even, some would argue, large portions of his personality became Barry’s. It seemed that the Barry Allen of the 21st century was destined to be an amalgam of Wally’s best traits with Barry’s backstory, leaving the hero those stories were told for relegated to back issues.
In 2016, there was a Rebirth . Wally West returned, and shared a hug with his mentor that would melt even Captain Cold’s icy heart. But that wasn’t the end of his troubles. He was killed and un-killed multiple times. He was made into the villain of a major crossover event. He got strapped to a god-chair and became Doctor Manhattan for a second. Wally West may have been back in body, but his spirit was broken.
All until this year’s newest run on The Flash, starring Wally as the title speedster once more . With the ten-year anniversary of Flashpoint, writer Jeremy Adams—who also gave us Soul of the Dragon this year, by the way—has been putting in the work showing us just why Wally West fans love him so. After a wildly entertaining, breakneck arc quantum leaping Wally through speedsters over all of time and space, Adams masterfully restored Wally West’s heroism, his family, and his soul. And that was just the test drive. As any Flash writer should, Adams has started this run on the fast track and still shows zero signs of slowing. Just as it was a generation ago, there are few heroes who have endured more trials than the Flash, and who shine all the brighter for it.
What were your top 3 comics from 2021? Let us know in the comments below!