Flash #50
Credit: Howard Porter/Hi-Fi Color (DC Comics)

Spoilers ahead for this week’s The Flash #50.

Credit: Howard Porter/Hi-Fi Color (DC Comics)

The return of Bart Allen in this week’s The Flash #50 seems to be a permanent addition to the “Rebirth” version of the DC Universe.

The character’s return, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Howard Porter, not only concluded the “Flash War” storyline, but it also paid off some teases from earlier in the plot that Bart Allen might still exist.

So what’s the big deal about Bart Allen’s return? Let’s review the character’s history and what it means for the future of the DCU.

Who Is Bart?

Bartholomew Henry Allen II was first introduced in 1994 as Barry Allen’s grandson, born during the 30th Century. As a child, he had a connection to the Speed Force that made him age quickly, making him appear as a 12-year-old when he was technically still only a couple years old.

Credit: DC Comics
Credit: DC Comics

After efforts to stop his aging failed, he was sent back in time to the present-day DCU because it would shock his body into restoring a more natural aging process. The time travel scheme worked, and the…


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