CAUTION: DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE SPOILED BY A MAJOR EVENT IN THE DC UNIVERSE!
Art by J.G. Jones
Around this time last year comics jumped onto the front page of the mainstream media. The NY Daily News announced the demise of Captain America to the whole world. It was huge. It was dramatic. It was...depressing.
Today the NY Daily News reported something much bigger and definitely happier. Barry Allen, the beloved Flash who died 23 years ago saving the universe, is being resurrected. Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns are quoted in the article but neither actually say the words 'Barry Allen is back.' Though the article does name Johns as a co-writer of the new Flash series.
DC Universe #0, released today, gave us our first glimpse into his return. A nameless narrator box led us through the issue changing slowly from black, to red, to red with a lightning bolt. It was as if he was slowly coming back into consciousness and it was thrilling. If you don't already have a copy shame on you. Go pick up two, they're only fifty-cents.
Online, fans are already disagreeing about whether this was a good move or not. Surprisingly I've seen a lot more on the negative side. Also, what will this mean for the current Flash, Wally West? Only time will tell and we probably won't have to wait that long. Final Crisis begins next month.
By the way, The Daily News also has a nice History of the Flash companion piece to go along with their breaking news.
EDIT: Newsarama interviewed Dan Didio who mentioned that the part about Geoff Johns being a co-writer on the new Flash was a misprint. According to Didio it was supposed to say that Johns is the co-writer on DC Universe #0, so nothing new there.