[SPOILERS FOR DC Universe #0 Ahead…]
According to The Daily News, in the very last panel of DC Universe #0 (in stores today) we witness the return of none other than…
“Introduced in 1956 as The Flash in the DC comic Showcase, he lasted until 1985, when he was vaporized after preserving the cosmos. But in DC Universe 0, comic book folks have put Barry’s pieces back together. For a superhero who can run faster than the speed of light, it sure took him long enough to return. DC Comics is reviving Barry Allen – aka The Flash – the popular superhero killed off by the publisher 23 years ago, the Daily News has learned.”
Given the magnitude of the announcement I’ve already been witness to fan response ranging anywhere from genuine appreciation, to outright venom over the possibility that Barry is indeed returning to the DCU. But, I reckon that’s all part of the deal (ask Hal!) and I can only hope that those given the charge of bringing him back have a plan and that they’re going to give the character the respect he deserves along the way. Never mind trying to quiet the naysayers, the majority of them will either never be happy or reluctantly come around only after kicking and screaming, I’m just hoping that with some care and good stories that a wide range of fans will jump on board in the same way that we’ve seen with Hal Jordan. Particularly if this additional snippet has any teeth:
“Without Barry Allen, we’d still be reading comic books about cowboys,” Geoff Johns, co-writer of the new Flash comics, told the Daily News.” If anyone can hit the ground running with Barry, it’s Johns, one of the biggest Flash fans around, and already a Scarlet Speester fan-favorite.
I couldn’t be happier about the news.
That is, if it turns out to be true.
I sure hope so.