The Perils Of Reading Watchmen Comics, From Today's Superman #16

Red Racer first appeared in The Multiversity #1 by Grant Morrison and Ivan Reis, the Flash from Earth 36. A dimension that read comics that told the stories of Earth Prime. He was a bit of a fan.


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He was also a young gay man.

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You may have been noticing I've been using the word "was" a lot. Because he's a Flash. And you know what happens to Flashes round these parts, especially when they are saving the day. While Superman is trapped fighting alongside many versions of himself against a creature trying to absorb all the Supermen powers to fight a more powerful force… (breathe in)…

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In order to find the Supermen again, a sacrifice must be made. A Flash must use up all their powers… and assume the position.

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Whether you are Supergirl or Flash, this is where you end up. Also… well Red Racer reads DC Comics. Which means, dead, he wouldn't have been on hand to recognise this fellow from all those Watchmen comic books.

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The enemy of your enemy, Superman, may not be your friend… and while they are dealing with one death in the Superbooks. There is at least a Mr Oz-related happy surprise yet to be revealed.

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No, he's still around. And, thanks to today's issue of Superman, he has a new cellmate alongside Doomsday…

Superman #16 by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke and Jorge Jimenez is published today.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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