With Mattel’s DC Universe Classics Wave 17 being the Rainbow Lantern wave, I’ve come to a realization. Barry Allen should be the Blue Lantern of sector 2814. After all, he’s the embodiment of Hope–the emotion that powers the blue power ring.
Barry is a product of the Silver Age. He’s upbeat and positive. That is what makes him stick out in the modern DC Universe. He’s eternally optimistic; Barry always thinks that things will work out for the best. He was never the brooding, grim and gritty type like Batman. He wasn’t the socially conscious one; that’s Green Arrow. Instead he was the one who believed in himself.
If hope is defined as being the feeling that something desired may happen, Barry gave a whole universe hope during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Barry believed he could stop the Anti-Monitor’s cannon from destroying the multiverse, and that is ultimately what he did.
He gave his life to the hope that he could stop the Anti-Monitor, and that act of selflessness inspired the other heroes and gave them the hope to stop the Anti-Monitor once and for all.
Now that Barry is back in the land of the living, he doesn’t need to be the Flash any more. Wally does a good enough job at that. Here’s to making Barry the Blue Lantern…full time.
Of course, I do think that Flashpoint will throw a wrench into my plans 😉