Announced Monday on USA Today, Wally West finally makes his long-awaited arrival into the New 52 this April in The Flash Annual #3!
Robert Venditti and Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps) take over writing chores of The Flash with issue #30, in stores April 23rd, with art by Brett Booth. Then just seven days later in the aforementioned annual, Wally West enters the picture with a brand new costume all his own.
“From a very young age, one of the first things you want to be able to do is run fast,” the writer says. “You don’t want to fly, you don’t want to have a ring that makes constructs out of light. It’s just a simple, basic thing: ‘I want to be able to run fast.’
“It’s ingrained in our DNA, and here’s a character that lives that out.”
Wally West first appeared in DC Comics in The Flash #110 in 1959 as Kid Flash. He would go on to take the mantel of The Flash when Barry Allen made the ultimate sacrifice during Crisis on Infinite Earths. Until now, he has been absent from DC Comics since the New 52 launched in September 2011.
This is a big year for the Scarlet Speedster (and friends) what with the appearance of Barry Allen on two episodes of Arrow and the subsequent ordered pilot for a solo Flash series for starters. Then voiced by Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) in February’s Justice League War And talk of the character possibly popping up in Superman/Batman film next year. And now this. The Flash, one of the core Justice League members, is definitely one to watch. As is the development of the New 52 version of Wally West, who redefined The Flash for a new generation in the 80s and 90s.