Friday, August 05, 2011

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: Things I'll Miss About The Old DCU Day 1: Wally West

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. For this week's splashie I'm also kicking off a one week countdown of the seven things I'll miss most about the current DC Universe. First up Wally West - especially choc-dipped-in-the-art-of-Scott-Kolins Wally West. Now that's tasty!

Come to think of it Wally had a great line-up of illustrators render his run as the Flash; Howard Porter and Mike Wieringo among two of the many others that pop to mind.

While Barry Allen had me adamant I was going to be a forensic scientist until the age of 15, Wally West's journey from inheiriting the mantle to learning to be his own hero at the same time gave the concept of 'Flash' more gas then ever before.

In a universe built on the concept of 'Legacy', the one that ran through Flash made the book rise to the top. With Geoff Johns on words and Kolins on pencils, even Batman didn't handle the concept as good as the Speedsters.

How the legacy of the fastest men alive will continue or if it even exists yet post DCNu52 is one of the key mysteries for me, with the existence of both Wally and Jay Garrick up in the air. However I know I'll be right there for those first few steps, as after all this time as a Flash fan, their legacy is my legacy too.


  1. Sigh. Oh Wally. I've always loved Wally. Way back when he was the angsty Kid Flash who didn't know if his power was killing him and was morbidly in love with Raven. I don't know if I want a DCU without Wally West.

  2. I know Random - as a fellow ginga, Wally gave us hope that male redheads could be more in comics then just Archie. New Teen Titans definitely proved that.

    Plus he could talk to Batman like no one else could (and get away with it). Fingers crossed DC don't drop the batton on this little relay.

  3. I hope you do a post on the NTT in your series. I don't think I'll be able to stick with DC at all if they erase NTT continuity and make it stick. It's really upsetting.

    He had a great run as Flash, but to me, Wally was the iconic Kid Flash. Interesting that Wolfman didn't seem to like the character much, but even his relatively sparing treatment of him (compared to say, Dick or Donna) was still powerful. And I still think his pairing with Raven was heartbreaking.