nietoperz wrote:Except that this isn't Wally West, not really - and ethnicity has nothing to do with it. Wally West was Barry Allen's sidekick who grew up, stepped out of his mentor's shadow and became one of the greatest heroes of the DCU in his own right. This character shares his name, but that's it.
In the end, I don't begrudge people who want to follow this universe the right to enjoy the stories, but let's not kid ourselves that it's the DCU. That particular institution ceased to exist after Flashpoint - this is something entirely new, with a bunch of new characters with familiar names. For me, that means it's time to step off, enjoy the back issues and trades I have and mourn the passing of something that meant a great deal to me for a long time.
And no, this is not just because of Wally (who, admittedly, was my favourite DC character for more than two decades) - not one DC character remains anything more than a similarly-named shadow of what they once were, and the universe itself suffers, in my opinion, from having been precised and abbreviated to the extent that it has.
^^^^ This. 100%... 1,000%... 1,000,000% this.
The New 52 characters are all "INOs" -- the character In Name Only
. There are a few who are closer than others, but the vast, VAST majority of them are really the character in name and in very broad powerset terms only.
But I guess DC would say that we need to "get with the program." That the original versions we liked, those aren't hip enough, grim enough, gritty enough, badass enough, to attract popular attention. And maybe that's true.
But as someone else said above, this decision also means that something else DC doesn't like very much is my money. Because I now spend WAY more of it per month on indies than I do on DC Comics. And that is something that last happened in the 1980s (when I spent more on Marvel than on DC).