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SDCC News: Johns and Van Sciver Announce Flash Rebirth

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008
Posted By: Kevin Powers

Source: Comic Book Resources

Geoff Johns. Ethan Van Sciver. "The Flash: Rebirth."

Announced at Comic-Con, the superstar writer told CBR News that he and Van Sciver have a simple goal for the five-issue miniseries "The Flash: Rebirth," scheduled to start in January.

"We want to do for Flash what we managed to do for Green Lantern," said Johns, who wrote the bestselling Van Sciver-penciled "Green Lantern: Rebirth" in 2005 and its sequel "Sinestro Corps War" in 2007.

Johns and Van Sciver are also gearing up for a second big project in 2009 with the highly anticipated conclusion to their Green Lantern trilogy, "The Blackest Night."

"We are trying to do a really fresh start, a re-imagining of the world of super-speedsters and building it into a pillar of the DC Universe like Green Lantern has become. Our goal is nothing less than having the Flash be one of the most popular characters in the DC Universe," explained Johns, who wrote 62 critically acclaimed issues (#164-225) of "The Flash" from 2000 to 2005 featuring Wally West as the fastest man alive.
"The Flash: Rebirth" features Barry Allen, the Silver Age speedster, created in 1956 by writers Gardner Fox and Bob Kanigher and artist Carmine Infantino for "Showcase" #4. He ultimately met his demise 23 years ago in "Crisis on Infinite Earths," only to return to DCU proper, earlier this month, in the pages of "Final Crisis" #2.

Read the Full Article by CBR's Jeffrey Renaud HERE

"Barry Allen is a massive character in the middle of this massive story," said Johns. "Being able to explore him, as well as exploring the Flash once more, it just gives me a chance to return to this world that I love."

KP's Take: I remember hearing the rumors about this swirling around the New York Comic Con. I figured it was only a matter of time. It's cool to have Barry come back, but I just don't think it's totally necessary. However, Johns and Van Sciver handling the series should prove to be quite fantastic, I just hope Johns sticks on board like he did with Hal Jordan.

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