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Reverse-Flash Debuts in the New 52 in February

He's coming back. But is it the Reverse Flash we already know?

Things are really heating up in the pages of THE FLASH. He recently had to deal with the entire Rogues and is fighting an invasion from Gorilla Grodd. To make things worse, Barry Allen will soon be facing Reverse-Flash once again. It all begins in THE FLASH #17.

CBR posted an interview with writers Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato and it's revealed that this Reverse-Flash will not be either of the previous incarnations: Eobard Thawne or Hunter Zolomon.

Who will this Reverse-Flash be? We'll have to wait. The actual story won't begin until May's issue #20. Manapul will be taking a two-month break. Buccellato has mentioned on Twitter he will still be writing and his two-issue arc will feature the Trickster and the unconfirmed plan is for Marcio Takara to do the art.

It was also mentioned that Barry and Bart Allen would be meeting during this arc. We'll have to see what the reaction is from both and how come it's taken this long for them to meet.

You can read the full interview here.

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Posted by TheMess1428
Posted by knightofthechronicle

Can. Not. Wait.

Posted by MrArrogant

I'm loving this new flash series! The upcoming stuff sounds really awesome, though don't like the idea of Manapul taking a break but as long as he's back for the reverse flash arc. Manapul and Buccaleto are really crafting a great run on the flash.

Posted by Mbecks14

I am SO EXCITED!!! I love the Reverse Flash and the Flash series is my favorite thing to come out of the New 52. The direction they're taking the Reverse Flash is interesting, and I trust these guys. I'm nervous about the costume not being yellow, but again, I have faith in Manapul.

I'd be more excited about Bart Allen meeting Barry if I liked Bart's costume. I do really wish they had made Bart Impulse again so Wally could be Kid-Flash. But it should be interesting!

I could see it being Danny West and then introducing Wally from there. I don't think he would actually be Wally though.

Also, can we please just call him Zoom? It's a much cooler name than Reverse Flash. And then it mirrors Flash better if it's one word. Flash vs Zoom sounds much cooler than Flash vs Reverse Flash or Flash vs Professor Zoom.

Posted by BoyWander

@TheMess1428 said:

WALLY WEST

ASDJFHFLIJHDLJLSAJKHDPIJSBEPHIBGWAUYGQPOIHASJFJ YES.

Posted by InnerVenom123

@Superbat420 said:

Please make the reverse flash Wally west!!!!! Blow everyone's mind

Honestly, this would be cool.

Posted by SmashBrawler

@TheRyanHimself said:

Lol do people really think Wally being Reverse Flash is a good idea, or are they just that desperate to have Wally back?

I was wondering the exact same thing. I'd rather have no Wally at all than have him as the Reverse-Flash.

Posted by hunterzolomin

ugh this makes me so angry!!!!!!! i hate that i hate my favorate character and book right now.

i'm a hardcore flash fan, i have a ton of flash merch i've collected over the years, i have a flash tatoo but the dc book infuriates me beyond words. from the whole stance dc has taken to wally west, to the tinkering of the rougues, to now butchering the reverse flash and not even making him yellow ya i know it sounds trivial but its like saying lets make batman wear white. i've dropped the book out of spite and i've been collecting flash stuff for decades. its truly a sad time to be a flash fan

Posted by Suprman

@xAnimosity: I feel the same way, He's probably my favorite comic artist.

Posted by mrpandopool

I think I will agree with everyone and say it´s Wally West

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

This is awesome! Very anxious!

Posted by _Black

Shoulda been Thawne.

Posted by zackattack529

awesome :)

i think its daniel west. afterall the 0 issue did show him and bold his name in text, meaning he will be an impact character soon.

Posted by Bitchgurl

@Mbecks14 said:

Also, can we please just call him Zoom? It's a much cooler name than Reverse Flash. And then it mirrors Flash better if it's one word. Flash vs Zoom sounds much cooler than Flash vs Reverse Flash or Flash vs Professor Zoom.

I like the RF name myself, and hate the thought of a non yellow costume. If it aint broke...

Posted by adamcrouch17

it would be sweet if flash had two books. not saying id rather see that over other charcters but he deserves it.

Posted by xanthiss

@_Black said:

Shoulda been Thawne.

Yeah. He makes the best reverse villain.

Posted by KZR

I don't want it to be Wally West. At first I was like oh this would be cool but after I really thought about it I am hoping it's not. I mean, Wally has always been the hero, all those great stories we've read over the years have been about him being the good guy. The thing I loved about the character was his humor and personality. Reverse Flash is mean, he's the bad guy and he's absolutely not Wally West. So if anything I'm guessing it might be Daniel West or some other character we barely know yet.

Posted by Hourdude

Flash has and continues to be one of the best titles in the new 52, so I have no doubt whatever Manapul does it will be awesome.

Posted by Shotgun

It'll probably be Daniel West :D

Posted by johnb10

That's too bad. I actually like Eobard Thawne a lot.

Posted by cameron83

@Smart_Dork_Dude said:

@Superbat420 said:

Please make the reverse flash Wally west!!!!! Blow everyone's mind

If it's Wally then I will blow a GASKET!!!!! He needs to be a speedster on SOME capacity yes, but he better be a good guy!!

Posted by cameron83

@mattwing87 said:

Maybe Wally West will return as Reverse Flash and Barry Allen will redeem him!

no...KEEP BARRY!!@notarandomguy said:

Probably Danny West, meaning that there won't be a Wally..

How at all does that mean there won't be a wally.....I don't get where you jumped to that conclusion.That's like saying "if there is wondergirl,there is no donna"

I know people miss wally,but I want barry as flash.I always hated wally,I want wally to be his own title.Like Dick is nightwing.Wally should be his own hero,not kid flash,and not flash.....I always liked barry WAY better.

Posted by notarandomguy

@cameron83 said:

@mattwing87 said:

Maybe Wally West will return as Reverse Flash and Barry Allen will redeem him!

no...KEEP BARRY!!@notarandomguy said:

Probably Danny West, meaning that there won't be a Wally..

How at all does that mean there won't be a wally.....I don't get where you jumped to that conclusion.That's like saying "if there is wondergirl,there is no donna"

I know people miss wally,but I want barry as flash.I always hated wally,I want wally to be his own title.Like Dick is nightwing.Wally should be his own hero,not kid flash,and not flash.....I always liked barry WAY better.

Because I keep saying the thing with Top and Turbine, maybe I jumped to a conclusion yes but, don't you see? is like they won't be using those characters for now, or ever, but they can use similar ones. (Btw I do prefer Barry as well)

Posted by tomlikesfries

Good news, even though it's not Zolomon or Thawne.

Posted by touch37

Hope I'm not the only one mega-excited about Axel. Also hoping that it doesn't take until Buccatello's issues to see him again. Still not convinced that the one-armed Trickster was him, the costumes were too different.

Posted by Superbat420

I think it'd be funny as shit, to have it be Wally, I don't even care for him

Posted by Reignmaker

@hunterzolomin said:

ugh this makes me so angry!!!!!!! i hate that i hate my favorate character and book right now.

i'm a hardcore flash fan, i have a ton of flash merch i've collected over the years, i have a flash tatoo but the dc book infuriates me beyond words. from the whole stance dc has taken to wally west, to the tinkering of the rougues, to now butchering the reverse flash and not even making him yellow ya i know it sounds trivial but its like saying lets make batman wear white. i've dropped the book out of spite and i've been collecting flash stuff for decades. its truly a sad time to be a flash fan

Um, and you're surprised by this? Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern have all gone over some radical transformations over the years. Remember that whole Superman-Blue and Red nonsense? And Bruce Wayne has left his Batman books for extended periods of time with Knightfall, Pre-No Man's Land, and Battle of the Cowl.

Green Lantern has been switched around even more than Flash. Let's see, we had Hal, Kyle, Hal again, Sinestro, and now this Baz character.

I can understand, that you're upset with the overall direction but I can't believe that you find any of this stuff surprising. On another note, I have to say that The Flash has been one of the more solid reads of the New 52. The artwork is just awesome. That and it's spawning a new generation of Flash fans. That's not so bad, is it?

Posted by hunterzolomin

it doesn't have the heart that the books always had, thats what made the flash the mythos amazing is it was about love and family. wallys love for linda, barrys love for iris, it was about legacy with jay and barry and wally, and the mentor student bond between bart and max.. even with the rougues it was about brotherhood. all that feels lifess in the new 52 verse. its all gone and that is why i cant enjoy the books now

Posted by Mbecks14

@hunterzolomin said:

ugh this makes me so angry!!!!!!! i hate that i hate my favorate character and book right now.

i'm a hardcore flash fan, i have a ton of flash merch i've collected over the years, i have a flash tatoo but the dc book infuriates me beyond words. from the whole stance dc has taken to wally west, to the tinkering of the rougues, to now butchering the reverse flash and not even making him yellow ya i know it sounds trivial but its like saying lets make batman wear white. i've dropped the book out of spite and i've been collecting flash stuff for decades. its truly a sad time to be a flash fan

I strongly disagree. I think the Flash has been the most consistently good book in the New 52. The Flash is my favorite character, whether Barry or Wally and I"m really enjoying it. Yeah I want Wally back too, but i'd rather have him gone then ruined like so many other characters have been.

I like what they did with the Rogues personally, and I think the not being yellow is disappointing but if you read the article, their ideas are actually interesting. But I get the anger there.

I think it's a great time to be a Flash fan. But maybe not a Wally fan.

Posted by xtremekidx

i bit out of topic but which one was in flashpoint?

Posted by Mbecks14

@hunterzolomin said:

it doesn't have the heart that the books always had, thats what made the flash the mythos amazing is it was about love and family. wallys love for linda, barrys love for iris, it was about legacy with jay and barry and wally, and the mentor student bond between bart and max.. even with the rougues it was about brotherhood. all that feels lifess in the new 52 verse. its all gone and that is why i cant enjoy the books now

It's a lot better than where the Flash was before Rebirth. The end of Wally's run, Bart's run, and Wally's return run were all very weak.

Yeah they did lose all the family aspect of the book, but there's a lot of the fun and science-fiction stuff that's great about the Flash too. And Iris is still in the picture (even if she's lost in the speed force) and I'm sure they'll get back together. And the Speed Force mythos has been a little cleaned up. The Flash, unlike many other titles, seems like it's building and gaining direction and nothing is "off the table" and Barry's character is still very much in tact.

When did you drop the series?

Posted by SmoothJammin

When Wally comes back it'd be sweet to have him become one with the speed force, hell his new alias should be "Speedforce". He was the greatest Flash after all.

Posted by modunhanul

Sweet!

Posted by growup

Not sure whats a stupider name, Reverse-Flash or Antivenom?

Posted by SmashBrawler

@xtremekidx said:

i bit out of topic but which one was in flashpoint?

Eobard Thawne, Professor Zoom.

Hunter Zolomon (aka Zoom) was a Wally West foe.

Posted by Ironhawk22

Really? Why would any fan of Wally want him to go crazy and become a villain? Wally's my favorite flash, but I'm actually okay with him being absent in the New 52. DC would most likely ruin him like they have most of my favorite characters.

While I initially disliked this volume of Flash, I recently picked up Part One of Gorilla Warfare and it's gotten a heck of a lot better.

Posted by MonarchofMotion

My favorite was Hunter Zolomon, but I can see Dr. Elias being reverse Flash, especially since what he's been up to recently, and he has the genome re-coder and all that! He'd make a good Reverse Flash to be honest!

Posted by The Stegman

Wow, they are putting all his A list villains out pretty fast, poor Barry's working hard, guess you can say DC is running him ragged.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Well it would seem to be consistent with RF being killed by Thomas Wayne in Flashpoint...but who if not Thawn or Zolomon? It better not be Wally..that would be just terrible. I'm really keeping an eye out for this revelation now...

Posted by Reignmaker

I think Dr. Elias makes the most sense.

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

@Superbat420 said:

Please make the reverse flash Wally west!!!!! Blow everyone's mind

I remember saying this and everyone in the forum threatened to murder my ghost.

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Posted by brunjl02

Wally West as the Reverse Flash, omg!

Posted by fodigg

@Superbat420 said:

Please make the reverse flash Wally west!!!!! Blow everyone's mind

That would annoy me unless he was a sympathetic "villain" and with the Rogues we already have enough of that for Flash. Then again, I guess Professor Zoom is already enough of a uber-villain for Barry.

Posted by fodigg

@TitanTempest said:

Maybe....

Daniel West - Reverse Flash / combats Barry Allen

Wally West - (The New) Inertia / combats Bart Allen

not saying that is likely to happen, just throwing ideas out there lol

I could see that. Although I'd prefer "Impulse" to "Inertia".

Posted by Nightwing82

Wally West should come back as his own new speedster and not the Flash!! kind of like Tim Drake not being Robin!!

Posted by CosmicKnowledge

I cant wait to find out!!

Posted by kktheman1

Manpaul please make it Wally. If you do you will swim in soo much c ash.

Posted by TriggersDown

@MisterKetch: @MisterKetch said:

My question to Wally West fans who have been asking about him this past year, if he is the reverse flash what are your thoughts? Instant rage or cautious optimism that you'd actually get your character back? Given the new character introduced recently, Daniel West i want to say i think wally is gone for good and DC is creating an all new nephew for iris who might wind up becoming a speedster in the aftermath of the gorilla invasion.

Perhaps then Wally West may be Reverse Flash, and Daniel West may become Kid Flash?