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As first suggested by DC Comics’s December solicits, and then confirmed by a post on co-writer Brian Buccellato’s blog, the current creative team of The Flash (Francis Manapul and Buccellato) are leaving the title with issue 25. From all reports, this appears to have been a decision they came to on their own as they feel they have done as much with the character as they felt they could without getting stale. In other words, they were not pushed out from the comic.
This news is disappointing, but not unsurprising. When the New 52 began, M&B claimed they had about two years planned out for their run on The Flash. Issue 25 is right around that two-year mark.
I have really enjoyed their run on The Flash as they were able to balance the super-heroics with drama and fun – something rare in today’s superhero publishing world. Luckily, they have some, unannounced project for DC scheduled to be released this coming spring. Like many, I am sure, I am curious to see what it will be.
Of course, I have been writing monthly reviews of the current run on The Flash on our blog. Now that the main creative team is leaving, will I continue to do the reviews? I am not sure at this point. We are still a few months away, and the new team has yet to be announced. I still love the character, so I hope the new team can be as creative with entertaining stories as Manapul and Buccellato have been.
So, I wish Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato the best. They have delivered a terrific run on The Flash, and one that I am happy to have in my collection!
Hmm…I suppose this is somewhat unfortunate news for Flash Month, isn’t it?