Madeley was just talking about The Flash…
Here’s my problem. I grew up on Barry Allen. I loved the post-Crisis Wally West. I hated Mark Waid’s Wally West. I love the way Waid writes Barry Allen. I don’t want Barry Allen to come back. I hated Impulse. I love the whole idea of Kid Flash. I don’t like Max Mercury. I do like Max Mercury. Jesse Quick I can take or leave. Jesse Quick I can not take or leave.
I love Jay and Joan.
And even that hippie chick that used to stay with them…little miss Nosy…
And even Zoom (although I can think of two Flash issues featuring Zoom I’d like Superboy-Prime to have punched away, can’t you?), and even the new guy, what’s-his-name, Hunter Zoloman.
And Tina, Jerry, Chunk, the good Piper…I suppose even Linda, a little bit (although Linda is clearly to Waid as Storm is to Claremont)…Wally’s parents…
Basically anybody but Abra Kadabra. Because Jesus did Waid go to that well once too often…
But what’s to be done about it all?
Everything Flash is all phooked, right?
No. Here’s what I’d like to see Mark Waid write, and he’d absolutely rip it up, too.
Flash as Avengers.
The All-Flash Squadron.
The Flash Family.
I’d even sit still for Barry returning, if I could read that. A big Mansion for them all to live in (hey, Chunk has one! Remeber your old pal Chunk?); twenty characters, all connected. Barry. Jay. Max. Bart. Jesse. Wally. The lot. Are you listening, Mark? Oh heck, okay already: throw in Abra Kadabra, if you must. And reform a Rogue, throw him in there too.
Okay, wait: Jay and Joan still live across the river.
But the rest of them.
I’m telling you I’d BUY that comic! Every single stinkin’ month!
Still would prefer Messner-Loebs. But Waid would be fine too! And I know Mark can write Barry, and I know that when Mark’s on, he’s freakin’ ON…
But: never in a million years, obviously. Absolutely impossible.
Flash Fact. More’s the pity.