Ok, its no surprise, but Geoff Johns has confirmed this isn’t the final cover for Rebirth #6 (fairly safe money that the gradient will be replaced by a group shot of the Flash family, including Wally in his new suit?), but still, the solicit is worth a mention.
The one thing that’s been leaping out from Rebirth so far has been that its been a struggle to care about Barry being back, however I did also say that I hoped issue 3 would be a big turning point. From the solicit for issue 6, I’m now feeling a lot happier that it will be.
The solicit hints at big changes in store for the Flash family. Obviously we know that Wally is due a new Ethan Van Sciver-designed costume, but what’ll happen to his family, and will he be making a bigger change to his life to accomodate them other than a change of outfit? The stuff about Kid Flash’s destiny is also interesting. I wonder what exactly that means. What choice will he be facing?
There’s also the talk of a new archnemesis for the Flash family. In my Rebirth #3 post I’d speculated that the Reverse Flash may be revealed as working for someone else, and it sounds like that may be the case afterall. I’m very glad this is the case (unless they’re just referring to Reverse Flash being redefined for the new series, but it does sound like its an original villain being introduced).
But most important is the picture of Barry on the cover. He’s smiling at last. Whatever happens in the second half obviously refocuses his outlook on life (specifically his own). Of course, its not a surprise that Barry will be sorted out, character-wise. Obviously Geoff Johns wasn’t going to leave us with a moping Barry Allen at the end of this, that people were going to struggle to like, and most importantly, it wouldn’t really jibe with Barry’s appearance in Blackest Night #0, which I really enjoyed, and has probably convinced me more about Barry’s return than issues 1-3 of Rebirth have so far.
This solicit has been perfectly pitched to me. It raises a lot of interest in me in terms of where this series is going to go over the next 3 issues, as well as leaving me optimistic about the second half of Rebirth. I said it in my Rebirth #3 post, but I’ll repeat it here. I suspect this series will read better as a whole, and I imagine that by the end of the run, I’ll be excited for the direction of the Flash going forward.