Who is the Mystery Lady In Red in DC New 52?

Flashpoint #5

Just in case you need reminding something called Flashpoint happened changing things in the DC Universe, bringing 3 separate universes together in the New 52 in September. My review of that event can be found here it will take you to that article post if you need it. The un-named mysterious Lady In Red played a key role in instructing Flash in the time stream to help him help change things into what they are now in the big New 52. Barry (the Flash) talked to her as he was running through the time stream “Barry: I…I need to run back into the time stream, but….I see three timelines..Why? Lady: Because the history of heroes was shattered into three a long time ago…Splintered to weaken your world for THEIR impending arrival…You must all stand together…the timelines must become one again…You can help me fix that, Bary Allen, but at a cost…AARRGHH (Barry yells as he is running) Barry: What..Who was that?..What did she say?”

So DC’s Vertigo and WildStorm superhero groups were folded into the main DCU continuity. After that the Lady in Red showed up in the background panels of all the new 52 comics published in September. At this point in the New 52 we do not know much about her, except that she played a part in the formation of the DCnU works. Without speculating on who she might be there was a publication in DC’s The Source from Bob Harris that gave us a sneak peek at how this character looks, where she comes from, and where we will find her next.

Deep inside the DC offices is a wall that played a very important part in the launch of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52. Actually it’s in Coordinating Editor Liz Gehrlein’s office, conveniently located right next to mine.

On that wall, Liz has collected a page from each of the first issues that debuted in September. Although those fifty-two pages are all very different, showcasing the fantastic range of characters and styles in the DCU, they all have one thing in common: the appearance of a lone, mysterious hooded figure. That’s right – if you look carefully through each title from last month, you will spot her … sometimes hovering in the background … other times lurking close by.

One of the coolest things for me about The New 52 was that it gave us the ability to work very far in advance. We knew exactly what we wanted to do in terms of connecting FLASHPOINT to our new universe. Geoff Johns had an amazing backstory for the mysterious woman who appears at the end of FLASHPOINT #5. We had a plan for where we thought she’d go next, but since we had enough time to really think, Jim Lee, Geoff and I figured out that it was possible to expand this character’s next appearance into ALL of the #1 issues – a daunting task to be sure, but a one-time opportunity to do something like this and really drive home how important this character is. To keep track of this plan, we created the wall in Liz’s office and put up each page as it was completed.

You’ll soon see the next step in this character’s evolution in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE, and in the months to come you will see more events ripple across titles as we continue to weave the DC Universe together and tell even more amazing stories.

In other words, Liz is going to need another wall.

– Bob Harras, Editor-in-Chief

Lady in Red

Whoever she is it will be interesting to see how she fits into the New 52 and are the creators trying to introduce the possibility of another major event like Crisis? Well they have admitted they are going to bring back the Justice League Society in a new Earth 2 story to come in the future so anything is possible. Well however this pans out I bet you will be there. Tell me your thoughts and stay tuned comic faithful for more. 🙂 Walt

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