6 Questions That Flash: Rebirth Needs to Answer
Posted on Mar 31, 2009 in articles by Ron Richards
This week starts the comic book event of the year, as far as I'm concerned, as the first issue of The Flash: Rebirth by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver hits stands this Wednesday. The Flash is my favorite DC Comics character and the past few years have seen some of the most awful Flash stories of all time. I got into The Flash right before Johns' epic run on the title in the early 2000s, and much of my enjoyment for the Scarlet Speedster has been derived from Johns' depiction of Wally West as The Flash along with the Rogues and Keystone City.
3. How does Barry Allen's return affect the "sacrifice" at the end of Crisis of Infinite Earths?
The Crisis that started them all, Marv Wolfman and George Perez's masterpiece Crisis on Infinite Earths, featured Barry Allen becoming the greatest hero there ever was by sacrificing himself to save the universe. It was this legendary death that has built up Barry Allen as the example of what it is to be a hero is in the DC Universe. How does his return affect that? Sure the sacrifice still happened, but isn't it lessened a little bit by having him survive it? Additionally, how do the other heroes react? Are they aware of the sacrifice? Do they treat Barry differently knowing that he's been the one who saved the universe? As usual, it's another list of question of questions driven by a Crisis. I don't really think Johns can bring back Barry and not have some sort of fallout/reaction to the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths.