Well at least something happened to raise my spirits after the recent turn of events with the Obama campaign. It appears that DC's The Flash (a.k.a. Barry Allen) will be returning to the land of the living after dying in the groundbreaking Crisis on Infinite Earths comic series 23 years ago. Ironically, it was the Flash character that spurred my love for comic book collecting as a youth. Of course, over the years Batman took the number one spot in my personal list of favorite heroes. But this Silver-Age Flash (who is not considered the original-Jay Garrick takes the "original" mantle) did possess similar characteristics to that of the Dark Knight-a supreme scientific and analytical mind. One could say that as a police scientist (his alter ego) he was CSI before there was a CSI (New York, Miami, etc). All that I can say is....welcome back Barry-and if he can be resurrected then so can another Barry (Senator Obama's nickname in college).
Here's more from the AP:
The Flash outruns death! 23 years later, running again
NEW YORK (AP) — He's so fast, he can even outrun death: Barry Allen, aka The Flash, is speeding back to life 23 years after being killed off.
Allen was the second man — though not the last — to don the trademark red costume decorated with a lightning bolt as DC Comics' "Fastest Man Alive."
His death in 1985 became legendary among comic book fans. He was vaporized preserving the universe.
Now he joins the tradition of super-heroes like Captain America and Superman who have died only to be resurrected later on.
Yet, unlike his revived peers who were dead just a few issues, Allen was gone so long that his rebirth comes as a surprise.
Grant Morrison, who along with Geoff Johns is responsible for resurrecting The Flash in the last panel of "DC Universe #0," said comic book characters don't have to stay dead.
"We can do anything with them, and we can make them come back and make them defy death," Morrison said.
Allen's incarnation of The Flash was first introduced in 1956 and helped lead to a revitalization of super-heroes in comic books during a time when westerns and war themes dominated.