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Why Grant Morrison is perfect to write The Flash

So yesterday, Bleeding Cool reported that multiple award-winning writer Grant Morrison wants to have a run on The Flash.

Excerpt from the June issue of Comic Heroes

Excerpt from the June issue of Comic Heroes.

Okay, okay, it’s far from being an actual confirmation.  I’m just excited that one of my favourite writers might write for one of my favourite superheroes.

But hey, Grant thinks he will.

“Yeah, I really want to do the Flash and one day I’m sure I will, I just haven’t gotten around to it… I really want to do a different take on him…  He’s really the only superhero that I’ve not done yet that I still want to do.”

And with Grant being the rock star comic book writer he is, you can bet DC would like to sell some Morrison-flavoured Flash comics.  Especially with The Flash TV series coming up.

“The Flash is Useless.  He’s just fast.”

Someone in a Chapters book store said that to me once.  She puts The Flash on level with Aquaman, which is pretty much the worst thing a non-comic book reader can say about a superhero.  (Common knowledge to DC fans:  Aquaman is, indeed, not useless.)

The thing is, speed is all you need if you’re as fast as The Flash.  I won’t go too far into this, since it’s a complicated topic by itself. But basically…

Think about all the things you could do if you were as fast as you could possibly imagine…  Pretty cool right?

Well he’s much faster than that and, since he thinks at the speed of light, he’s effectively more imaginative than you.  Thus, his abilities are near limitless.

That’s the appeal behind The Flash, not so much the speed itself, but how he uses it.

The Flash reviewing the situation at light-speed. (From DC's New 52 The Flash Vol. 1 by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul)

The Flash considering all possibilities at light-speed before taking down the robber. (From DC’s New 52 The Flash Vol. 1 by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul)

So why is Grant Morrison is perfect for The Flash?

Morrison is a weird guy with a weird imagination.  As he explains in Supergods:  What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human (what a title!), it’s foolish to conform fiction to the rules of the real world simply because it’s not real.  Why bother explaining how Superman can fly if we know that’s impossible anyways?

So, he accepts the impossibilities imposed by his characters and just runs with it.  He puts them into stories as equally impossible as they are.  Needless to say, this results in some very fascinating and successful comics.  Some examples of how weird his stories get:

Now imagine where Morrison can take our scarlet speedster.  The Flash might run beyond the edge of the multiverse, phase into a realm of pure ideas, crash into an after-image of himself, constantly patrol the entire globe faster than you can see.  This can go anywhere!

“Aye, you know, I want to explore what happens when you can run at the speed of light – really get into the science of it all.”

Yeah, I’m counting my chickens before the eggs have been laid, but hey, it gives me some Morrison stories to look forward to after The Multiversity and The Nameless.

DC, make it happen!

Do you like where this is going (if it’s going anywhere)?  Sound off in the comments.



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