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Harry Osborn

In Reply To
Chronic Ionic

Subj: Wally West - the 'Nightwing' of the speedsters?
Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 at 08:21:10 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Johns/Van Scriver on Flash:Rebirth
Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 09:20:01 pm EDT

> > > Can't believe this isn't up yet:
> > >
> > >
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> > > Johns has showed his true love and affection for Wally West over the years.
> > > I'm counting on Johns not to screw Wally over the way Kyle has been screwed over for Hal in Green Lantern.
> > >
> > > Kyle was the GL for a little over a decade, Wally has been the Flash for nearly 23 YEARS, almost as long as Barry.
> > >
> > > Don't let us Wally fans down Geoff
> > >
> I'm sorry, but there is no denying that Kyle's face time has been significantly reduced since Hal's return.
> And I'm worried the same thing could happen to Wally(loss of flagship title, relegated to the Titans universe).
> CI
> - again, having faith in Johns on this one.

Back in the day before GL: Rebirth, whenever one of the Hal fans were asked why it was okay for Barry to be gone but not Hal, they always used the same defense. That Wally has been a character in the comics for decades, and that him replacing Barry had been a 'natural progression', as opposed to Kyle who was introduced only three issues earlier.

The argument, I think, works both ways. While it's safe to say Kyle and Hal are friends, they don't have the close bond that Barry and Wally have. They're literally family.

But getting to the topic of my post: I think Wally has much more in common with Dick Grayson than he does with Kyle. Like Dick, he spent years as his mentor's sidekick. Thematically, he has something else in common--years of stories dedicated to him stepping out of his mentor's shadow. A big part of Waid's run on the Flash had to do with Wally becoming his own person, rather than just a copy of Barry. They even made a point with that montage at the end of 'Chain Lightning'.

Dick isn't Robin, because he doesn't fit that role anymore. However, you can hardly say he's faded into the background either. Yes, his time as Batman was only a few months, rather than the lenghly period Wally's been the Flash--but I think their importance is pretty much the same.

And IMO, I don't feel him being in the Titans is necessarily a bad thing. Better than him being forced off the team because 'he can't be on two teams at the same time', or whatever excuse they gave the last time around.

I am curious if they're going to be giving Wally a new costume or not. The ankle-wings and different belt aren't really much to differentiate him from Barry.

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