In an interview with Newsarama, Scott Snyder mentioned the three little words that traumatized (just kidding ... or maybe not) the readership of Wally West : Heroes in Crisis.
While Scott Lobdell made the choice to avoid as much as possible the infamous story written by Tom King, Snyder will do the exact opposite and will address what Wally done in the mini-series and how it will impact Death Metal.
Here's what Scott Snyder told to Newsarama :
There's a lot like that feeding into Death Metal. A lot of tangential things from Heroes in Crisis, Doomsday Clock, and more; no matter whether the stories had a big impact or were more off to the side, the point of this event is that everything matters - it's all-inclusive.
For better or for worse we're in it together, as an industry, and as fans... and that means embracing things you might be uncomfortable with in different ways," the writer continues. "We're trying to unify all of the DC stories, from the ones that might've had nothing or we might've not agreed with. For example, there's some stuff with Wally - not even Heroes in Crisis but the cosmic stuff after - I wanted to take everything and say 'all of the stories are part of the DCU.
The choices made for Wally to become Doctor Manhattan-ized, or what happened in Heroes in Crisis... Tom King, to his credit, I think he did a really good job - it was outside of what I was working on at the time.
The idea we're presenting now with Death Metal is that as creators you can't just pick and choose what you like; that insulates you from stories out there, stories readers have bought and read," Snyder says. "It's now time to embrace all of it, and make continuity celebratory, conclusive, more united, and connected. It allows us to take risks, and to celebrate risks, all at once. That's the message we're going for.
Whether we like it or not, Heroes in Crisis will now have a bigger impact on the DCU but it's also reassuring that Scott Snyder is the one to work on this very controversial story.
If you haven't already done it yet, don't forget to pick up your copy of Death Metal #1-2, this event is a good reminder of what we love about DC Comics and it's definitely fun.