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Nebraska guy writing for DC Comics' 'The Flash'
By Micah Mertes / World-Herald staff writer


The Flash is having quite a run as of late.

The speedy DC Comics superhero Barry Allen got a two-episode guest appearance on The CW's "Arrow," and the network liked it so much they've greenlit a pilot for a "Flash" spinoff. And there's always a chance Barry might pop up in next year's "Man of Steel" sequel, which will already feature Justice Leaguers Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

And in this flurry of a Flash revival ... a guy from western Nebraska.

Nebraska native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln grad Van Jensen has been named one of the new writers of "The Flash" comic, reports USA Today. He (along with co-writer Robert Venditti and artist Brett Booth) will make his Flash debut with Issue No. 30, out April 23. A week later, the same creative team will reintroduce Wally West, a different Flash, in "The Flash Annual" No. 3.

Jensen (along with Venditti) started writing for DC's "Green Lantern Corps" series last year. He's now six issues in.

Jensen grew up in a small western Nebraska town named Lewellen. He studied journalism at UNL, where he was the editor of the Daily Nebraskan, and after school he worked for a time covering the comics beat for Publisher's Weekly.

His breakthrough was writing 2009's "Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer," an indie hit about, well, Pinocchio killin' some vampires. Dustin Higgins illustrated the book. Jensen and Higgins followed up "Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer" with three sequels.

A DC Comics rep said "Flash's" new creative team is holding off on interviews until closer to the issue release date, so hopefully we'll have some words from Jensen in the next few weeks.

If you want to read more on Jensen, here's his site, and here's an interview I did with him a few years back.

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