Blue Flash, Wally’s race and are we being trolled?
I ve been looking at Annual cover, preview and recollecting the interviews. I love doing predictions and I’m bored so here’s the weird part in all this that bugs me: I don’t think the kid in preview is Wally.
Firstmoonie makes an interesting point about the timeline and the fact they called the POC kid who died in the first pages a “kid” and a “teenager.”
Those pages take place five years into the future, which would mean in “present day” that kid would be 13-14 years old, tops. (Unless he’s 20 but looks really, really young, I guess). Wally might be that young starting out, but given the ages of the other teen heroes in the New 52, it seems a little young.
There’s also that the writing team says that Wally doesn’t show up until the Flash Annual which comes out next Friday, rather than Flash #30, which is what these pages are from. However, if there’s a shot of a character dead in one issue, but his first speaking/active role is in the Annual, that seems like you could split hairs and say he doesn’t actually “show up” until the Annual. To me, anyway.
I think the fact that they make a point of “we haven’t I.D.’d the kid yet” and how upset Flash is when he sees him highlights that his ID is important and he’s someone important to the Flash, but those could be red herrings re: Wally himself (and he could still be related to the POC teenager in the first pages of #30, of course).
Firstmoonie also has some interesting thoughts about the identity of the Blue Flash, which I am intrigued by.
I am really excited about Wally’s debut! Either way, ten days until the Annual!!