Everything old is new again at DC.
It’s been years in the making, but Barry Allen is back in the saddle as The Flash, and while all the company’s comments and reports until yesterday had indicated that Barry would be the lead feature in The Flash, while Barry’s successor/predecessor Wally West would take the backup feature and the recently-resurrected Bart Allen/Kid Flash would have his own title, Dan DiDio announced during his “20 Questions” feature on the Newsarama main page that both of those features are on hold, essentially resetting the status quo for The Flash as a character back to what it was before the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Not only is this just the latest in a long line of DC moves that seem to be focused on rolling back character and plot development to the ’80s, but it begs the question: Why bring back Bart?
I loved the Impulse series by Mark Waid and Todd Dezago as much as the next guy, but as a Booster Gold reader, one of the conversations I often find myself having with regard to Ted Kord is–why bring him back if there’s no plan for what to do with him once we have him? WIth a Kid Flash series imminent, bringing Bart back made sense. Now, all we can expect is to see him cluttering up the backgrounds in Teen Titans or whatever unnamed series it is that Jaime Reyes will be appearing in. Frankly, that kind of coverage hardly seems worth cheapening his death (and by extension all other DC Universe deaths) for.