Barry Allen kicked off what became known as comics' Silver Age when he sped onto the scene as the Flash in the 1950s. He died more than 20 years ago in DC Comics' universe-changing "Crisis on Infinite Earths."
Since then, he's made a few appearances from beyond the grave. And now he's back for good, having returned to the land of the living in another big event, "Final Crisis." It's writer Geoff Johns' job to introduce Barry to a new generation of readers in "The Flash: Rebirth."
"He's very much in the moment of ‘why am I back? Why now? Why am I needed? Am I needed?'"
Barry will also have to deal with his status in the DC universe.
"He's been dead for so long, he's viewed as kind of a saint, Imagine coming back and everyone saying you're a saint, and having to live up to that."
Other members of the Flash family will also appear in the miniseries, including Wally, Bart Allen, who also recently returned from the dead, and Jay Garrick, the original Golden Age Flash from the 1940s. But Barry is at the heart of the story. For Johns, it's a chance to delve into his character and history as never before.
"We will be getting into a lot of his back story: a lot of why he is the way he is, why he has an interest in forensic science, why he has such a strong sense of justice."
"The Flash: Rebirth" gives Van Sciver a chance to put his stamp on a classic character and to redefine how superspeed is conveyed in comics. "He really is bringing out his A game," Johns said.
The Flash died a hero in “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” saving the world from the Anti-Monitor, before returning in “Final Crisis” last year. Hal Jordan was turned evil by the entity Parallax and destroyed the Green Lantern Corps before dying in the “Final Night” series. In the 2004 series “Green Lantern: Rebirth,” Hal Jordan was purged of the entity and returned as a hero.“There’s a line in (”Blackest Night” No. 0) where Hal says, ‘You died a saint and I died a sinner,’” Johns said, referring to the different situations in which the two close friends now find themselves. Barry Allen returning from the dead is “the worst thing that ever happened to him,” Johns said.
“I think a lot of people are wondering why we’re bringing Barry Allen back, But really ‘Flash: Rebirth’ is knee-deep in doing what we do best.”
“Flash: Rebirth” is from the creative team of “Green Lantern: Rebirth,” Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver. DC Executive Editor Dan DiDio announced that, based on pre-orders, “Flash: Rebirth” No. 1 will be DC Comics’ top book for April.
So what are you're hopes for Rebirth? with Barry returning, how will Wally deal with this, not to mention the other heroes? or how will this affect the Blackest Night for Green Lantern, when in a prior interview, Johns has already stated that one Speedster will be coming back from the dead in the guise of a Black Lantern...
it definitely looks to be getting interesting from here on out.... just hold on, and try and keep up :D