Wednesday, July 02, 2014
The Testimony of the Flash
"Thank you for joining us today, Mr. Allen."
"Happy to. Good morning, by the way."
"Um, yes. Nice tie, by way."
"Why, thanks. But, truth be told, it's a clip-on."
"How do you feel you are faring as a character in the New52?"
"Oh, just fine; and you?"
"Well, I think the revision of my origin robs my coin of its former powerful signifi--very clever, Mr. Allen. But this is not about me."
"You're much cleverer than you appear, aren't you?"
"The outfit helps."
"So how do you think you're faring?"
"Oh, just fine. I usually get by just fine."
"Usually? Mr. Allen, you were DEAD for over twenty years."
"Yes, nice opportunity for lots of other speedsters to shine. Very relaxing, too."
"Are you trying to be difficult, Mr. Allen?"
"Nope; trying to help. Are you asking me to evaluate my character's standing and condition in the current reality relative to incarnations in previous universes, particularly with regard to a possible reboot in the near future?"
"Hm. Well I read a lot of comics and ... it's pretty much the same for all of us. Core stuff stays the same. Some changes are made that SEEM substantial, but those are generally confined to characteristics that aren't essential, but only thought to be such by certain subsets of readers. For example, to some readers, the New Wally West is a substantial change because they perceive Wally's previous characteristics as essential. But, relative to my story, his essentials remain: he's younger, I have a mentor relationship with him, and he's Iris West's nephew.
"A similar analysis could be applied to the changes to other heroes; the degree to which they change in any reboot is directly proportional to the share of their overall qualities, characteristics, and related facts that are essential. Compare: Batman has a high ratio of "Essential Facts" to "Nonessential Facts" so he seems less effected by any reboot than, say, Wonder Woman or Aquaman, for whom that ratio is reversed."
"So you're comfortable with your current state of affairs and confident any new reboot won't change that?"
"Yup. You can always rely on Flash Facts."
"No more questions, Mr. Allen."