In honor of the debut of FLASHPOINT, CNN had a story on Geoff Johns which made it all the way to the front page. The story speaks with various sources who discuss the fact that Johns is The Man of Comics 2011:
Taking decades of mythology in new directions might seem like a daunting task. But Bob Bretall, Mayo’s co-host on the Comic Book Page podcast, said it’s a balancing act that Johns performs well.
“He can retool a character or his/her history to make it more relevant to current readers without throwing away or disrespecting the work of previous creators.”
If you’re not familiar with Allen’s back story, Johns said, you don’t need to worry about playing catch-up before diving into the new series.
“You get all you need to know about The Flash in ‘Flashpoint 1,’ and then you’re exploring a whole new universe together. So you’re seeing it through Flash’s eyes for the very first time.”
Having finished reading the issue in question, we’d say that’s sort of accurate; the more you know about DC history the more you’ll enjoy it, but if you only know the movies you’ll still get the gist of it. Or as we just IM’d a pal, every generation deserves the Age of Apocalypse that it gets.