The following is a 1-page excerpt from the new book, The Flash Companion. The full interview appears in the second section of the book. It is printed here with permission of the book’s main author, Keith Dallas.
The Flash Companion will be available at the TwoMorrows booth at Comic-Con International this week, and should arrive in stores either next week or the week after. Orders through Amazon are shipping now.
Mike Baron: Wally West’s Fast Living (excerpt)
By Keith Dallas
DALLAS: It seemed pretty obvious that during your run on Flash you were avoiding the classic Flash Rogues. No Captain Cold, no Captain Boomerang, no Mirror Master. Instead you introduced some completely new villains… with the exception of Vandal Savage. What particular reason did you have for starting this Flash re-launch with Savage as the villain?
BARON: I can’t exactly recall, but for starters, he’s a great villain. It may also have been that I wanted to have some continuity in that first issue between Barry Allen and Wally West.
I would like to do a lot more with Kilg%re. That’s my main character that I created for Flash. He and the Chunk.
DALLAS: What was it about Kilg%re that you liked?
BARON: He encapsulates a number of science fiction ideas that lend themselves to exciting story-telling. Dark Horse took a stab at it with a movie called Virus, which is very similar in idea to Kilg%re. It wasn’t the greatest movie in the world. It starred Jamie Lee Curtis.
DALLAS: I remember that movie.
Now what was it about Chunk that you liked?
BARON: He was kind of a projection of me. The ultimate nerd.
DALLAS: [laughs] It didn’t take you long to show that Chunk wasn’t a true villain.
BARON: No, he was just an outsider who wanted to belong.
DALLAS: Is that a sentiment that you felt perhaps the readers could connect to?
BARON: Oh, yeah!
DALLAS: The other two villains you introduced during your run on Flash were Speed Demon — the steroid monster gone crazy — and Blue Trinity — the Russian Soviet speedsters. Continue reading