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How did Barry Allen learn to be the Flash, anyway? Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter aim to reveal all in an upcoming storyline for DC Entertainment’s The Flash comic book in 2019, with the newly announced The Flash: Year One showing an entirely different side to Central City’s resident speedster.
Williamson, who has been writing The Flash since 2016, on Saturday told the audience at New York Comic Con’s DC World’s Finest panel that the story was one that he’d been hoping to tell for some time. “Ever since I got the job on The Flash, I’ve wanted to tell this one story,” he explained. “I kept asking for it, asking for it, asking for it.”
The storyline, which will run in the core Flash title, a la Frank Miller and David Mazucchelli’s iconic Batman: Year One, will not only reveal how Barry came to be able to cope with his new powers — teaser artwork by Porter shows him wearing a makeshift outfit that includes elbow and knee pads, suggesting that the process wasn’t exactly painless — but also how his optimistic worldview was formed despite the murder of his mother at a young age.
— Joshua Williamson (@Williamson_Josh) October 6, 2018
The storyline will launch in early 2019.
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