Until Relaunch Do Them Part

While it seems like ending Superhero marriages is all the rage (and causing a lot of rage) these days, I’m honestly a little hard pressed to get all worked up about it. There isn’t really a character or title I read out there that I do so specifically because of marriage or relationship status.

When I first heard about the dissolving of The Flash’s marriage to Iris West, I went back and re-read a lot of the classic Flash stories I’ve loved. Stuff from the silly silver age, right up to Karl Kerschl and Brednan Fletcher’s Wednesday Comics story and then some of the latest books, Rebirth and beyond.

I found a lot of great stories, a lot of treadmills and nothing that really makes me feel like being married is such an integral part of the Flash character that his not being married would make me dislike him. If I want to see him married, I can go read the old(er) stuff. If I want to check out what life as a single(ish) guy is like for Barry Allen, I can pick up the new stuff.

Much like most of the New 52, I’m intrigued to see what new status quo’s can mean for these long-running (no pun intended) characters. Who knows? I may be pining for Iris West in a few months, but for now I’m happy to see what this means for both of them. Also, no one’s really asked what’s happening to Iris in the new world. Maybe now is finally her time to step out from under The Flash’s shadow and give Lois Lane a run for her money as to who’s the number one reporter in the DCU. Perhaps she can even end up with the newly-single Superman!

Ah, the possibilities…

For today’s art duties, we took in sickness and in health, Steve Bryant:

As an illustrator, Steve has created artwork for everything from greeting cards to theme park design to roleplaying games and comics. In that time, the highlight has been his work on Athena Voltaire, which earned an Eisner Award nomination in 2005 and was included in St. Martin’s “The Year’s Best Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga” (2004 edition). Steve was also nominated for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award in 2007 for his work on the series. Additional comics work includes 24: Cold Warriors (2008), published by IDW and an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Canterville Ghost for Classical Comics. Steve is also a contributor to the Comic Twart and DC Fifty-Too communal art blogs. He lives in central Illinois with his awesome son and amazing dog.

Be good folks, and we’ll see you back here Friday!


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