15REVERSE FLASH’S NEW ORIGIN
Joshua Williamson’s run on The Flash has been spectacular, and he managed to add a simple but perfect element to the greatest Flash villain’s motivation. The classic Rebirth line that “every second is a gift” is shown to be not just something Wally West’s grandfather inscribed on a watch,
but a motto that Barry Allen lives by. Barry spends time working with Eobard Thawne in the future, trying to mentor him and they become close, at least in Thawne’s eyes.
It is not until later when Thawne witnesses Barry using the same line with Wally that he erupts in rage. Thawne thought his relationship with Barry was so special that only he could share a moment with him and that wonderful saying. The petty nature of this jealousy fits the character like a glove. This kind of detail is what makes Williamson’s Rebirth run on Flash a delight to read.