And one more item to round out the afternoon of catching up. I’d prefer something a little more solid, but this is clearly going to get people talking whether I post it or not, so here goes….
Update (Sep 13): Geoff Johns has confirmed on Twitter that the book is Flash, not All-Flash:
Have no idea where Wizard got that. We’re launching THE FLASH #1 and KID FLASH #1 after BLACKEST NIGHT: FLASH. 🙂
Yesterday, Comic Bloc user darylwing1 posted a scan from an issue of Wizard. It looks like a sidebar, and features the following statement:
Barry Allen’s comeback mini ends in September followed up by Blackest Night: Flash, both leading to Johns’ new ongoing Flash title starring Allen and Wally West, All Flash.
(Ethan Kaye writes for Wizard.)
There’s also a picture of the Kent family captioned, “Johns explores Supes’ early days in Origins.”
So, first: I don’t know what issue of Wizard this is in. I’m not familiar with darylwing1, but his posting history looks solid, so I see no reason to doubt the scan itself. As for the statement itself, it still lists Rebirth ending in September (which, we know now, isn’t happening). It also refers to Superman: Secret Origin as Origins. And DC’s announcement of Francis Manapul as artist mentions “Flash #1.”
So I’m not convinced that it’s accurate.
Another thing to consider: At Fan Expo a few weeks ago, Dan Didio made some remarks about the launch of Flash and Kid Flash that gave some attendees the impression there would be two Flash books in addition to Kid Flash, and others the impression that there would be two books total.
What Does it Mean?
The item is short on detail, and the scan doesn’t provide much context. But assuming it’s an actual item from Wizard, how can we interpret this?
- It could be 100% true. Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul will be doing a series called All-Flash which will co-star Barry Allen and Wally West. Update We now know that this is not the case (see Geoff Johns quote above).
- It could be mostly true, but Wizard got the title wrong. Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul will be doing a series called Flash which will co-star Barry Allen and Wally West.
- Barry and Wally will both star in the book, but one of them will be the lead and one will appear in a second feature. Most likely Barry in the lead, but they might trade off or occasionally team up for longer stories.
- Barry and Wally will co-star in a book called All-Flash, but there will also be a Flash series starring Barry Allen.
- It’s just a garbled misunderstanding of Barry & Wally’s co-star status in Blackest Night: Flash and CBR’s “All-Flash” article title.
Personally, I think it would be fantastic for both Barry Allen and Wally West to share the new Flash series, whether it’s as co-stars in the whole book, or as a lead and backup feature.
I find it unlikely that DC will jump ship from Flash to All-Flash, but certainly stranger things have happened. There were times when the only Green Lantern book had the title Green Lantern Corps, after all.
It also seems really unlikely that DC will go straight into three ongoing Flash series when they’ve had so much trouble keeping one afloat since 2006. Two ongoings and a miniseries? Sure. Two ongoings, branching out into a third a year or two down the line? Absolutely. Eh, maybe I’m just being cynical.
On the other hand, Kid Flash surprised me. So who knows?
So what do you think? Can we take this at face value? How many Flash books do you expect to see in 2010, and how many would you like to see?