With the Justice Society of America officially part of the DCU’s main continuity again following the events of Doomsday Clock, the only question was when we would start to see them again. March’s The Flash #750 looks to answer that question, as writer Joshua Williamson has shared an image from the issue of Jay Garrick, the JSA’s Flash.
THE FLASH #750's Final Order Cut-Off is this Monday. It's filled with great stories, the start of a new story arc, and BIG moments that will surprise you. Including this AWESOME two-page spread by @DaveMarquez & @loquesunalex! Flash #750 shouldn't be missed! Pre-order! pic.twitter.com/2sLLqufHgt
— Joshua Williamson (@Williamson_Josh) January 31, 2020
The art, a double-page spread by artists Dave Marquez and Alejandro Sánchez, features a slightly redesigned Jay speeding down the street, newspapers with headlines about Germany’s 1939 invasion of Poland swirling around him. Jay’s new suit features sleeves with thumb-hole cuffs, a buttoned collar, buckle-less belt, and non-cuffed boots with straps across the feet and wings coming off the ankles. It’s a modern redesign that stays true to what makes Jay’s classic look iconic.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this suit for Jay, as he’s popped up a few times prior to the JSA’s official return at the end of Doomsday Clock. At the end of “The Button” crossover between Batman and The Flash, Jay briefly popped out of the Speed Force to help save Bruce and Barry from being lost in the timestream. In that appearance he wore the same suit seen above.
More recently Jay appeared, along with the rest of the Justice Society, during the “Justice/Doom War” storyline in Justice League. That version of the JSA was from a different hypertimeline, and more closely resembled the classic version of the team. The JSA who appears at the end of Doomsday Clock also features a Jay wearing his traditional costume.
Given Jay’s apparent 1939 setting in the Flash #750 tease Williamson posted, it seems likely that appearance will be the next step in DC’s establishment of their new timeline. Earlier this month Dan Didio revealed that Wonder Woman #750 and The Flash #750 would feature the first steps towards that timeline. Two weeks ago Wonder Woman #750 featured a story by Scott Snyder and Bryan Hitch establishing a new origin for Wonder Woman as the first hero of the DC Universe after stopping an assassination attempt on Franklin Roosevelt at 1939’s New York World’s Fair. That story concluded with a tease for Alan Scott’s Green Lantern. It stands to reason the Jay story will fit into that timeline as well.
As for the costume differences between Doomsday Clock and The Flash, is that just continuity shenanigans between the different series? Or are there multiple versions of Jay Garrick running around out there? Did the Jay of DC’s new timeline actually make its first appearance back during “The Button”?
The Flash #750 is on final order cutoff next Monday, February 3rd, with an on-sale date digitally and in stores of Wednesday, March 4th, 2020.