Monday, November 20, 2006

Barry and Iris

David "Hermanos" Brothers of 4thletter! has posted an overview of the role that the romantic relationship between Barry and Iris Allen plays in Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier and, by extension, the great Silver Age. Love, after all, has always been the driving force behind each of the fastest men alive. Brothers has also posted for download a number of pages from one of the book's memorable scenes, in which the Flash saves his one true love from the chilling clutches of Captain Cold.

Barry Allen, and by extension Iris West/Allen, is pretty awesome... I can’t put my finger on why. He’s a forensic scientist with an investigative reporter girlfriend. He doesn’t play up the Clark Kent stumblebum garbage. Instead, he’s just late to things. What better alibi does the fastest man alive need? “Barry can’t be the Flash, he’s been late to every one of our dates!”...

If Barry is cool, Iris is, too. She’s the glue that holds the latest Flashes together. Barry’s wife, Wally’s aunt, and Bart’s grandmother. She gave Barry a reason to continue fighting the good fight, she gave Wally confidence, love, and support back when he needed it most, and she saved Bart’s life. Each of them would willingly die for her, and Barry even went so far as to kill for her.

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