Excerpt from a comics interview (Mark Waid on The Flash)

Excerpt from an interview with comics' writer Mark Waid, who is taking the helm of the recently-relaunched Flash monthly title, starring my favorite comic book character ever, Wally West (the third person to bear the mantle of the Flash).
Waid worked with the character during most of the 1990s and elevated both the character and the book itself to new heights, setting the bar higher for the concept of superhero comics. Waid's previous work on the Flash was directly responsible for the change that came upon comicdom in '96 with James Robinson's Starman, Waid's own Kingdom Come with Alex Ross, and Grant Morrison's JLA.

Wally West was declared “missing in action” a year ago and the book was cancelled, replaced by a different Flash title starring a different Flash, the fourth person to take on the name. Due to poor sales the book was cancelled after 13 issues and Wally West was brought back in his own title, starting over from where it stopped.

Here’s some bits from the interview.

"Wally West's life is any fanboy's ultimate dream come true. "I love the fact that he is first sidekick in comics' history to actually fulfill the promise," said Waid. "He is the first guy to actually grow into the role that he was trained to grow into ever since he was a kid." "

"Waid also draws from the idea that Wally, for all intents and purposes, is an Everyman. Wally is not an alien. He is not a haunted anti-hero.
"Wally is the ultimate fanboy-made-good," quipped Waid. "We don't know what it was like to be born on Krypton and we don't know what it is like to have our parents slain in a back alley, but pretty much everybody who reads superhero comics knows what it is like to idolize the stuff on the outside as a fan and the excitement of what it would be like to be able to play in that world." "

"And that sentiment provides readers with the best of both worlds, Waid believes. "'The Flash' gives you something that nothing else at DC is giving you, which is a high adventure, mature book that is both, in turns, very funny and very dark and dramatic at the same time," said Waid. "Tonally, I love the fact that we can turn on a dime. That it can be generally warm and funny and then you can turn the page and suddenly, you can find something that is much more dark and dramatic, then you might have first realized." "

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