2019 is going to be a big year for the Flash. The Scarlet Speedster is known for racing forward (well, Flashpoint aside), but 2019 is going to dig deep into Barry Allen's past. During New York Comic Con, it was announced that writer Joshua Williamson and artist Howard Porter will release The Flash: Year One next year, a storyline which will explore Barry's earliest adventures after gaining his phenomenal speed.
While talking with CBR at the convention, Williamson stated he was surprised that no one else has already fleshed out Barry's first year as a hero. "It's weird, right? Really his only origin is Showcase #4. There has been little stuff here and there that kind of played out with different takes on it, but a straight out Year One thing? Someone did a little six-pager in the '80s, and that's about it. That's all that I've ever seen for it, and I've done a lot of research on this to see and build."
Fans reacted positively online to the announcement of the upcoming storyline, and Williamson was quick to credit popular Flash artist Howard Porter for the enthusiasm. "A large part of that reaction came from the art that Howard did, the promo piece we made for it," explained Williamson, adding that the promo helps set the tone for the storyline. "It really shows you the kind of direction we're going with it, and I really think it shows how excited Howard is -- Howard's super pumped."
"I had the idea for doing Year One before issue 1 came out," the writer said, promising Year One will deliver plenty of surprises. "Year One is going to be what you expect but not what you expect. I don't want to give away twists and turns of it, but I had this kind of crazy idea on how to do Year One." Because he and Porter have been chatting about the storyline for a couple years, it won't just be a random arc in the title that delves into a past -- there will be buildup. "We worked to make sure it actually does make sense in the story. This is going to sound kind of crazy, but there's a reason that Year One takes place when it does, like, in terms of our schedule. You'll see it actually fits into what we're building for next year. The story's going to be pretty nutty. It's not going to be what people expect at all. Why we're going into Year One, and then what happens during Year One I think will surprise people."