On Saturday, I posted a picture of the Flash family that appeared in the Free Comic Book Day Green Lantern within a preview of Flashpoint. I was concerned that the one of the few women of color in the Flash family, XS also known as Barry Allen’s granddaughter Jenni Ognats, had been white washed.
Today, the preview is shown online at USA TODAY and shows a big change.
The original print version with my note:
The image that appeared today on USA TODAY
It’s interesting to note that the not only did the character’s hair and skin color change but her costume changed and now reflects the costume the character is identified with (see below). The face of the character, however, remains unchanged.
How did a comic book get printed with such a glaring mistake? How did a character that is clearly a women of color get approved as a white, blonde character? I hope DC can clear this up and ensure this does not happen again.
Update: I have sent an email to DC’s PR lead asking for comment.