As March solicitations revealed and DC has confirmed, Tom Peyer is taking over as writer of The Flash, replacing Mark Waid on the ongoing title with issue #238. The issue will kick off a six-part story called "Fast Money" with Freddie Williams II remaining as penciller on the series. This follows the end of Mark Waid's run on the series with January's issue #236 and a one-issue fill-in story by Keith Champagne in February's issue #237.The only way this can work is if Editorial lets Tom just do the offbeat quirky stuff he did on Hourman. No, Hourman didn't last a hell of a lot of issues, but there are a bunch of people I know who remember the series fondly and would plunk down $50 for it complete on eBay.
If Tom's writing is just shoehorned into serving whatever larger continuity interests are out there in the DCU, this run on Flash will be a non-entity. But since the pooch was screwed on the previous Bart Allen series, why not just get wacky with this book and stir up an audience? What is there to lose?
Get rid of the "wonder twins." Bring back Bart. Bring back Barry. Bring back Iris. Bring back Chunk. Do a parody of "One More Day" with Mr. Mxyzptlk as Mephisto. Do something.
And, in the interest of full disclosure: I assistant-edited Tom on Magnus Robot Fighter a loooooong looooooong loooooong time ago.