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Cover to The Flash #1

The Flash is published by DC Comics. Current price per issue is $2.99.

Publication DatesEdit

Last IssueEdit

The Flash #5: 24 Aug 2016

Current IssueEdit

The Flash #6: 14 Sep 2016

Next IssueEdit

The Flash #7: 28 Sep 2016

StatusEdit

Published twice-monthly.

CharactersEdit

Main CharactersEdit

  • The Flash/Barry Allen

AlliesEdit

EnemiesEdit

  • The Rogues - a team of the Flash's foes, the roster includes Captain Cold, armed with a cool freeze gun, Mirror Master, wields an arsenal of mirror based weapons, Trickster, a insane young boy who uses a bag of tricks as his weapons

Minor CharactersEdit

  • Iris West - A local reporter.

Other Characters/Places/ThingsEdit

Recent StorylinesEdit

The Flash #6Edit

This is the current issue, and therefore no story information will be posted about this issue. Please check your local comic shop for copies of this issue.

The Flash #5Edit

Past StorylinesEdit

Blackest Night: The FlashEdit

The Flash: RebirthEdit

The Flash #230 Edit

The final issue of the series has Flash triumphing once again over Vandal Savage and realizing the importance of his family. He goes so far as to consider giving up the life of a super-hero. He manages to defeat Savage by reversing the impact of the weapon Savage stole from him, sending Savage into orbit on a meteor that was about to collide with Earth.

The Flash #229 Edit

The Flash #228 Edit

Part 2 of "Finish Line." Wally recruits the help of his close friend Nightwing in tracking down the weapon stolen from the Flash Museum. He also reveals to Dick that he has been having vivid nightmares about something terrible happening to his family. Dick and Wally track down the weapon to Cyborg, who has "borrowed" it to see what it does, as it's original purpose was never revealed. Wally ignore his friends' requests to know more about it before giving it to strangers, but Wally's desire to protect his family (and his natural impulsiveness) get the best of him as he takes the weapon and heads to the parisioners wanting to use it to return to their utopian homeworld.

The Flash #227 Edit

The first part of the "Finish Line" story arc that will conclude The Flash: Volume 2 series. Wally has been experiencing some terrible dreams as of late, and we learn one of the negative side effects of being the "Fastest Man Alive" is that in a single night of sleep, his mind can make up a hundred different scenarios. The stress of watching a thousand imagined horrors happening to his family begin wearing on the speedster, and looking for relief, he turns to Linda's parents and their newfound religious peace.

Agreeing to give it a chance, Wally visits their church to find a group of predominantly super-powered individuals trying to return to their other-dimension homeworld. Wally just begins to feel sympathy for them, they say they need only one more thing to make their journey to Utopia complete: a weapon from the Flash museum. They agree to let Wally join them in their new civilization if he will get it for them, but when he goes to the museum to get it, he find it has been stolen.

The Flash #226 Edit

"down time" - Wally takes a mountain climbing trip, but develops altitude sickness because of his side trips as The Flash. Despite his sickness he manages to rescue the other climbers when disaster strikes.

The Flash #225 Edit

"Rogue War" part 6 of 6. Barry & Wally battle both Zooms through time and space, defeating them, and Barry takes Prof. Zoom back to the future. During the course of the battle, Wally ends up back at the time when Zoom caused Linda to miscarry, and interferes with those events, altering the timeline. Back in the present, Linda gives birth to twins, and The Rogues decide to take up Luthor's offer to join the Secret Society.

The Flash #224 Edit

"Rogue War" part 5 of 6. The Reverse-Flash (Eobard Thawne) arrives from the future on a cosmic treadmill, and together with Zoom they battle Flash, Jay Garrick, and Kid Flash. They battle at super-speed through the streets of Keystone City, then through time via the cosmic treadmill, until finally Barry Allen arrives on a cosmic treadmill.

CollectionsEdit

HardcoversEdit

  • Flash Archives, vol. 1 - Collects vol. 1 #104-108, plus Showcase #4, 8, 13, 14. "The Fastest Man Alive against members of his infamous Rogues Gallery including Captain Cold, Abra-Kadabra, Mirror Master, Pied Piper, Heat Wave and the Reverse Flash!" - WorldCat - ISBN 1563891395
  • Flash Archives, vol. 2 - Collects vol. 1 #109-116. "Introduces many of Barry Allen's infamous foes, including Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, the Trickster, Captain Cold, and Captain Boomerang!" - WorldCat - ISBN 1563896060
  • Flash Archives, vol. 3 - Collects vol. 1 #117-124. "The Flash's speedy sidekick, Kid Flash, his pliable partner, the Elongated Man, and his inspiration and predecessor Jay Garrick—the original Flash—join the fastest man alive as he takes on the villainy of Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master, and the Trickster." - WorldCat - ISBN 1563897997
  • Flash Archives, vol. 5 - Collects vol. 1 #133-141. "The Fastest Man Alive against members of his infamous Rogues Gallery including Captain Cold, Abra-Kadabra, Mirror Master, Pied Piper, Heat Wave and the Reverse Flash!" - WorldCat - ISBN 1401221513
  • Flash Archives, vol. 6 - Collects vol. 1 #142-150. "The Scarlet Speedster battles The Trickster, Weather Wizard, Mirror Master, Mr. Element, The Reverse Flash, Captain Boomerang and Captain Cold! Plus, a tale guest-starring Green Lantern!" - WorldCat - ISBN 140123514X
  • DC Comics Classics Library: Flash of Two Worlds - Collects vol. 1 #123, 129, 137, 151 & 173. "Learn how police scientist Barry Allen, The Flash of the 1960s, first crossed paths with his predecessor, Jay Garrick." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401222986
  • The Flash: The Wild Wests - Collects vol. 2 #231-237. "Wally West returns to active duty as the Flash - with the addition of his two children - guest-starring the Justice League! What's his dark, dark family secret - the one that's helping him keep the peace in Keystone? This volume also includes 'The Fast Life,' the compelling tale of the West family's life on a Flash-friendly alien world." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401218288
  • The Flash: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues - Collects vol. 3 #1-6, plus The Flash Secret Files 2010. "The Fastest Man Alive must solve the murder of one of his greatest villains and protect his other foes from an elusive killer." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401229700
  • The Flash: The Road to Flashpoint - Collects vol. 3 #8-12. "Make way for Hot Pursuit – the latest speedster to come out of the Speed Force! He’s here to make sure no one breaks the speed limit – hero or villain!" - WorldCat - ISBN 1401232795
  • The Flash, vol. 1: Move Forward - Collects, vol. 4 #1-8. "The Flash knows he can't be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comic' hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once! As Mob Rule wages a campaign of crime across Central City, including an electromagnetic blast that plunges the city into darkness, The Flash learns the the only way he can capture Mob Rule and save Central City is to learn how to make his brain function even faster than before - but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401235530
  • The Flash, vol. 2: Rogues Revelation - Collects, vol. 4 #9-12, 0 & Annual #1. "The Rogues Gallery is united for the first time. Who is behind their sudden organization, and why are they after their Captain Cold?" - WorldCat - ISBN 1401240313
  • The Flash, vol. 3: Gorilla Warfare - Collects, vol. 4 #13-19. "In his hometown of Central City, The Flash--a.k.a. Barry Allen--is constantly deflecting the criminal schemes of his Rogue's Gallery. Money hungry, cunning and powerful, these villains have the Scarlet Speedster running at a pace faster than even the world's fastest man is used to. But when Gorilla Grodd and his army descend on Central City, The Flash will have to contend with a threat he's not used to: murderous, ruthless and without principle. With mammoth strength and mind-control powers, Grodd will not stop until he conquers the city with its heroes blood on his hands. Knowing full well he cannot defeat this new foe alone, The Flash will have to turn to his former enemies, the Rogues, if he wants to keep himself and Central City alive." - WorldCat - ISBN 140124274X
  • The Flash, vol. 4: Reverse - Collects vol. 4 #20-25 & 23.3. "A mysterious and powerful Speed-Force killer has left a trail of bodies in his wake, and only Barry has the power to stop him. But when the killer stays one step ahead of him, Barry finds himself face to face with the Teen Titans and Kid Flash for the first time, which leads to a confrontation with the Reverse Flash!" - WorldCat - ISBN 140124713X
  • The Flash, vol. 5: History Lessons - Collects vol. 4 #26-29 & Annual #2. "Find out how Barry Allen adjusts after his epic battle with The Reverse Flash! Also, find out how The Flash and Green Lantern first met." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401249507
  • The Flash, vol. 6: Out of Time - Collects vol. 4 #30-35, Annual #3 & Futures End #1. "The fastest man alive is a broken man. His powers have failed him time and again at great cost to him and the city he has sworn to protect. Now he’s coming back to the current time to stop the one event that destroyed his life." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401254276
  • The Flash, vol. 7: Savage World - Collects vol. 4 #36-40. "The Flash is trapped in a bizarre lost land terrorized by castaways from the past, present, and future—and that leaves Central City without a hero! Even worse, a murderous, new Flash shows up to take Barry’s place!" - WorldCat - ISBN 9781401258757
  • The Flash, vol. 8: Zoom - Collects vol. 4 #41-47. "Just when Barry Allen’s life was starting to return to normal, one of his most powerful and dangerous foes returns! Professor Zoom and his team of acolytes have broken Barry’s father out of prison, and now Barry must stop them before his life, reputation, and family are torn apart." - WorldCat - ISBN 9781401263669
  • The Flash, vol. 9: Full Stop - Collects vol. 4 #48-52. "In the aftermath his recent clash with Zoom, The Flash finds himself on the run … from the law! And the task force charged with arresting him is made up of his enemies, The Rogues! Including villains like Captain Cold, Weather Wizard and Mirror Master, the Scarlet Speedster must clear his name all while a new enemy emerges: the Riddler!" - WorldCat - ISBN 9781401269258 - (forthcoming, November 2016)


  • The Flash: The Silver Age Omnibus, vol. 2 - Collects vol. 1 #133-161. - WorldCat - ISBN 9781401265380 - (forthcoming, December 2016)
  • The Flash Omnibus by Geoff Johns, vol. 1 - Collects vol. 2 #164-176, plus The Flash: Our Worlds at War #1, The Flash: Iron Heights & The Flash Secret Files #3. "Wally West finds himself without his super speed in a darker, mirror version of Keystone City. Can a powerless Flash defeat Captain Cold and Mirror Master to save the city he loves? Plus, The Flash is shocked to learn that a strange cult is killing all the people he has ever rescued." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401230687
  • The Flash Omnibus by Geoff Johns, vol. 2 - Collects vol. 2 #177-200, plus DC First: Flash/Superman #1. "An old friend of Wally West becomes the portal to another universe and Gorilla Grodd goes wild in Keystone City! Plus, don’t miss the Fastest Man Alive’s clashes with members of his infamous rogues gallery, including Captain Cold, The Trickster, the Pied Piper and more!" - WorldCat - ISBN 1401233910
  • The Flash By Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato Omnibus - Collects vol. 4 #0-25 & #23.2. - WorldCat - ISBN 9781401261030 - (forthcoming, December 2016)

Trade PaperbacksEdit

  • The Flash Chronicles, vol. 1 - Collects vol. 1 #105-106, plus Showcase #4, 8, 13-14. "Barry Allen gains his incredible powers of super speed and faces villains who would go on to join his famed Rogues Gallery, including Captain Cold, Mr. Element, Mirror Master and The Pied Piper." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401224717
  • The Flash Chronicles, vol. 2 - Collects vol. 1 #107-112. "Barry Allen's infamous rogues gallery of foes expands with the addition of Gorilla Grodd, the Mirror Master and the Weather Wizard. This volume also features the first appearances of The Flash's sidekick, Kid Flash, as well as the debut of the Elongated Man." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401228844
  • The Flash Chronicles, vol. 3 - Collects vol. 1 #113-118. "The Fastest Man Alive battles Rogues including The Trickster, Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Gorilla Grodd and more." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401234909
  • The Flash Chronicles, vol. 4 - Collects vol. 1 #119-124. "The Fastest Man Alive battles Mirror Master, The Trickster and Captain Boomerang." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401238319


  • Showcase Presents: The Flash, vol. 1 - Collects vol. 1 #104-119, plus Showcase #4, 8, 13-14 (in B&W). - WorldCat - ISBN 1401213278
  • Showcase Presents: The Flash, vol. 4 - Collects vol. 1 #162-184 (in B&W). "The Flash faces Heatwave, Gorilla Grodd and Captain Cold, and meets Green Lantern, Superman and the Golden Age Flash!" - WorldCat - ISBN 1401236790
  • Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash - Collects vol. 1 #323-327, 329-336, 340-350 (in B&W). "Following the murder of The Flash’s wife by The Reverse-Flash, the two foes are locked in a round-the-world battle that ends in the death of the evildoer." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401231829



  • The Flash: Born to Run - Collects vol. 2 #62-65, Annual #1 & 80-Page Giant #1, plus Speed Force #1. "When Wally West, the adolescent nephew of the Flash's fiancée, accidentally gained powers of super speed, he became the Scarlet Speedster's sidekick. Growing up as his hero's protégé, Kid Flash had a childhood of amazing action and adventure. But on the day that the Flash died, Wally's carefree adolescence abruptly ended and his life as an adult began. The Flash: Born to Run looks back at Wally's earliest days as the Kid Flash and explores the gamut of his emotions and experiences from his first day as a child hero to his succession of Barry Allen as the new Flash. A journey full of humor and drama, this story shows just how much Wally West loves being Italic textthe Fastest Man AliveItalic text." - WorldCat - ISBN 1563895048
  • The Flash: The Return of Barry Allen - Collects vol. 2 #74-79. "Current Flash Wally West faces his uncle Barry -- seemingly back from the dead -- with open arms. But what is the incredible secret behind his reappearance?" - WorldCat - ISBN 1563892685
  • Impulse: Reckless Youth - Collects vol. 2 #92-94, plus Impulse #1-6. "The teenage grandson of the Flash, Impulse was born and raised in a "video game" virtual environment in the 30th century. But when the rash teenager was transported back to the 20th century, his entire life changed. This humorous book profiles Impulse's earliest adventures in rural Alabama under the tutelage of elder speedster Max Mercury. Oblivious to the concept of actions having consequences, the reckless youth must come to terms with both his incredible powers and the absurd situations that their use can result in, all the while trying to cope with the innate insanity of high school." - WorldCat - ISBN 1563892766
  • The Flash: Terminal Velocity - Collects vol. 2 #0, 95-100. "As a result of the events in Zero Hour, Flash achieved Italic textthe speed of lightItalic text, and in so doing was flung headlong on an odyssey of self-rediscovery. He encountered, for the first time, the mysterious force on the Other Side of Light, a strange energy that in time would cause him to transcend all previous limits, transforming Wally West into the quintessential fusion of humanity and velocity." - WorldCat - ISBN 1563892499
  • The Flash: Dead Heat - Collects vol. 2 #108-111, plus Impulse #9-11. "The ruthless Savitar attempts to take control of the Speed Force, an indefinable energy field that is the source of all speedsters' powers. Learning that every one of his allies, including Impulse and Jesse Quick, has lost their speed, the Flash rushes to take on this new menace. But when the Scarlet Speedster confronts Savitar, he learns that his enemy has diligently studied the Speed Force and can use it in ways that Flash never dreamed of. Up against a foe who is more than his equal, Flash's only chance of victory now lies in the desperate self-sacrifice of one of his dearest friends." - WorldCat - ISBN 1563896230
  • The Flash: Race Against Time - Collects vol. 2 #112-118 "In this sequel to The Flash: Dead Heat, the Flash finds himself lost in time after defeating the evil Savitar. Trapped in the 64th century, the Scarlet Speedster encounters inconceivable horrors in a future he could never have imagined. Hoping to use the love that he shares with his girlfriend as a beacon, Flash tries to find his way back to his own era. Unfortunately, a new speedster named Johnny Thunder, who is trying to usurp his identity and steal his girlfriend, has convinced Linda that he is dead. Now Flash must overcome the complexities of time and the machinations of a new enemy in order to reclaim his life." - WorldCat - ISBN 1563897210
  • The Flash: Emergency Stop - Collects vol. 2 #130-135. "Confined to a wheelchair after a run-in with the mystery villain known only as The Suit, how can The Flash protect Keystone City from evil run amok?" - WorldCat - ISBN 1401221777
  • The Flash: The Human Race - Collects vol. 2 #136-141, plus a story from Secret Origins #50. - WorldCat - ISBN 1401222390
  • The Flash: Wonderland - Collects vol. 2 #164-169. "Wally West finds himself without his super speed in a darker, mirror version of Keystone City. Can a powerless Flash defeat Captain Cold and Mirror Master to save the city he loves?" - WorldCat - ISBN 1401214894
  • The Flash: Blood Will Run - Collects vol. 2 #170-176. "Cicada, the charismatic leader of a deadly cult, makes his first appearance as he bastardizes the Flash's lifetime of heroic acts. Cicada's cult has been systematically murdering every person that the Flash has ever saved in Keystone City. Now as the fastest man alive comes to realize that he is indirectly responsible for the death of some many innocent people, he must shed his guilt and face Cicada head-on before any more blood is shed in his name. But when he discovers that someone special from his past is one of Cicada's devoted followers, the Flash finds himself on the verge of a catastrophic breakdown." - WorldCat - ISBN 1563898799
  • The Flash: Rogues - Collects vol. 2 #177-182. "Keystone City is on the brink of destruction again, and only The Flash can save it. But can he handle Captain Cold and the Mirror Master as well? Throw the Plunderer, Gorilla Grod and the Pied Piper into the mix, and it's a recipe for disaster!"- WorldCat - ISBN 1563899507
  • The Flash: Crossfire - Collects vol. 2 #183-191. "The Flash has opposed many costumed villains in his career, but when they team up under the control of a new criminal known as Blacksmith, things go from tough to impossible! And when the artificial intelligence known as the Thinker makes his presence known the Flash finds himself in a crossfire between the two sets of villains." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401201954
  • The Flash: Blitz - Collects vol. 2 #192-200. "Featuring the stories 'Run Riot' and 'Blitz!' In this collection, the Fastest Man Alive may not be fast enough to survive an attack from Gorilla Grodd and then prevent an attack by Zoom that's both deadly and intensely personal!" - WorldCat - ISBN 1401203353
  • The Flash: Ignition - Collects vol. 2 #201-206. "A series of bizarre incidents helps police mechanic Wally West discover that he is the Flash! Can he relearn his powers in time to solve a series of murders in Keystone City?" - WorldCat - ISBN 1401204635
  • The Flash: The Secret of Barry Allen - Collects vol. 2 #207-211, 213-217. "The Flash teams with Nightwing to face Gorilla Grodd! And a dark decision from Barry Allen's past is revealed, leading Wally to make some difficult choices of his own." - WorldCat - ISBN 1401207235
  • The Flash: Rogue War - Collects vol. 2 #1/2, 212, 218, 220-225. "The brewing contest between the original rogues gallery and the newest rogues ignites into a conflagration that may result in the destruction of Keystone City and the death of the Scarlet Speedster!" - WorldCat - ISBN 1401209246
  • The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive — Lightning in a Bottle - Collects The Fastest Man Alive #1-6. - WorldCat - ISBN 1401212298
  • The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive — Full Throttle - Collects The Fastest Man Alive #7-13 and a story from the DCU Holiday Special. "Bart must battle his dark twin, Inertia, who is intent on outracing his nemesis at any cost. Plus, the Rogues are back, determined to end the legacy of The Flash." - WorldCat - ISBN 140121567X
  • The Flash: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues - Collects vol. 3 #1-6, plus The Flash Secret Files 2010. - WorldCat - ISBN 1401231950
  • The Flash, vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice - Collects vol. 5 #1-8 & Rebirth. "A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well … you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts—but just where did this amazing new friend come from?" - WorldCat - ISBN 9781401267841 - (forthcoming, January 2017)


  • The Flash by Mark Waid Book One - Collects vol. 2 #62-68, Annual #4-5, & Special #1. - WorldCat - ISBN 9781401267353 - (forthcoming, December 2016)
  • The Flash by Mark Waid Book Two - Collects vol. 2 #71-82 & Annual #6, plus Justice League International Quarterly #10. - WorldCat - ISBN 9781401268442 - (forthcoming, April 2017)
  • The Flash by Geoff Johns, vol. 2 - Collects vol. 2 #177-188, plus The Flash: Our Worlds At War, The Flash Secret Files #3, and DC First: The Flash/Superman. - WorldCat - ISBN 9781401261016

DigitalEdit

  • The Flash: Rebirth - Collects Rebirth #1-6. - Kindle
  • The Flash, vol. 1: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues - Collects vol. 3 #1-6, plus The Flash Secret Files 2010. - Kindle
  • The Flash, vol. 2: The Road to Flashpoint - Collects vol. 3 #8-12. - Kindle
  • The Flash, vol. 2: Rogues Revolution - Collects, vol. 4 #9-12, 0 & Annual #1. - Kindle - comiXology
  • The Flash, vol. 3: Gorilla Warfare - Collects, vol. 4 #13-19. - Kindle - comiXology
  • The Flash, vol. 4: Reverse - Collects vol. 4 #20-25 & 23.3. - Kindle - comiXology
  • The Flash, vol. 5: History Lessons - Collects vol. 4 #26-29 & Annual #2. - comiXology

HistoryEdit

'''Jay Garrick'' In the 40s, The Flash was a scientist named Jay Garrick, who inherited his ability from a chemical experience gone awry. Although the idea of being given super-speed from a failed "hardwater experiment" may seem a bit far-fetched to today's sentiments, it was enough to give Jay Garrick a 9 year-run as a star in the comic books Flash Comics and All-Flash Quarterly. His regular series was ended as comic book sales nationwide sagged in the post-World War II climate of extreme conservatism.

Barry Allen The concept of The Flash was reimagined and released in 1956 with Showcase #4, when Barry Allen made his debut as a police scientist who had been given the gift of speed. Because it was so well-received by the public, Barry Allen took over his own book, The Flash, starting where the original Flash Comics series ended, number 105.

The reintroduction of the Flash came with several changes, and several similarities to the Golden Age's Jay Garrick. The Flash was still a mild-mannered scientist, who's real-life persona seemed to be chronically late. He was then transformed while working in his laboratory and managed to keep his secret-identity from those closest to him. While Jay was only a scientist, Barry Allen worked as a forensic scientist for a police department. It was while working in his police lab that a bolt of lightning crashed through a window and struck Barry, forcing him into a shelf full of chemicals. This chemical bath endoed mild-mannered Barry Allen with the gift of super-speed and the ability to fight for justice outside the sterile environment of his lab.

Barry's personal life was centered around his relationship with Iris West, his fiancee and eventually, his wife. Strong and somewhat independent, Iris was always frustrated with how her fiancee never seemed to be able to get anywhere on time. Iris had a nephew who was a huge fan of the Flash, named Wally West. Wally the president of his city's Flash Fan Club, and was thrilled to learn that Aunt Iris's boyfriend could arrange a meeting with the Scarlet Speedster. Bored with the boring police scientist and anxious to meet his idol, Wally was only half-listening to Barry as he recounted the accident which gave the Flash his powers. In the middle of the story, however, the unthinkable happened when the same accident reoccurred, granting Wally the same super powers it gave Barry. And thus, in The Flash #110 "Kid Flash" was born.

Eventaully, Iris and Barry were married, and the Flash began considering whether it was time to share his secret with Iris. Perhaps she would be a bit more understanding of his chronic tardiness if she knew that he was fighting crime as the Flash. Barry knew he somehow had to tell Iris his secret life as the Flash, but he wrestles with the how and when for quite sometime. In a rather amusing and awkward issue, he finally reveals to her who he is, only to find out Iris has known since they were married, because Barry talked outloud in his sleep.

The success of thie "new" Flash spurred DC to start revamping it's lineup, recreating many of the golden-age characters, such as Green Lantern, Hawkman, and others. With all the reintroductions and reimaginings, it was only logical for both fans and writers alike to wonder: what would happen if the new characters met their classic counterparts? Once again, DC used the Flash to explore new territory to examine exactly what it might be like for contemporary heroes to meet the Golden Age versions of themselves. In The Flash #123, DC opened up the concept of Earth-1 and Earth-2, two planets in two separate dimensions, one that was home to all of the Golden Age versions of their superheroes, another one with all of the contemporary versions.

This concept fueled the DC Universe for decades, for more information on it, see the page on the History of the DC Universe. Eventually, Barry's character became the epitome of a hero: an excellent father-figure to Kid Flash, the perfect husband, an example of clean living and an upstanding role-model. However, perfection does not inspire interesting storylines. To keep a comic from growing stale, DC had learned there must be constant conflict, or eventually Barry Allen would suffer the same fate as Jay Garrick. And so, in The Flash #276, Iris Allen was murdered Flash's archnemsis, Dr. Zoom: the Reverse Flash.

This of course devastated Barry, who briefly suffered a mental breakdown and was unable to tell friend from foe. Eventually, though, he regained his clarity and, through the help and support of his friends, was able to resume his life, both personally and professionally. However, his world was turned upside-down. He was eventually able to love again, and Barry began seeing a woman by the name of Fiona Webb. They dated seriously and eventually were engaged. Dr. Zoom once again surfaced and made an attempt to kill Fiona, but at the last minute Flash was able to grab Zoom, accidentally killing him.

Thus began the Trial of the Flash. Flash was tried for murder in the criminal justice system, but in true comicbook form, time anomalies and futuristic science were able to not only reunite Barry and Iris, his one true love, but also allow him to be seen as a vindicated hero in the eyes of the world. Still devastated by the recent events of his life, Flash left our time to be with his love, Iris, in the 30th century. His regular series ended with issue #350. Iris and Barry lived together outside of out time until Barry was once again called on to protect and serve, this time on a grander scale. In Crisis on Infinite Earths Barry was called on by the executives at DC to resolve a multiversal crisis which had its roots in his "discovery" of Earth-2. The crisis saved the lives of countless millions, combining alternate dimensions into a streamlined single DC Universe, but at the cost of his own. He died a hero, and in his life and death, inspired many others to be a hero as well. in all in all he still the fastest man that ever lived!!

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Publishing HistoryEdit

  • volume 1: #1-350, 1940-1985 (#1-104 as Flash Comics)
  • volume 2: #1-247, 1987-2009 (#1-100 as Flash)
  • volume 3: #1-12, 2010-2011
  • volume 4: #1-52, 2011-2016
  • volume 5: #1- , 2016-present

Future Publication DatesEdit

Dates subject to change at the whims of the publisher or distributor. Please see the Diamond Shipping Lists for current information.

The Flash #7: 28 Sep 2016
The Flash #8: 12 Oct 2016
The Flash by Geoff Johns, vol. 3 TP: 26 Oct 2016
The Flash #9: 26 Oct 2016
The Flash #10: 09 Nov 2016
The Flash, vol. 8: Zoom TP: 16 Nov 2016
The Flash, vol. 9: Full Stop HC: 16 Nov 2016
The Flash By Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato Omnibus HC: 16 Nov 2016
The Flash #11: 23 Nov 2016
The Flash: The Silver Age Omnibus, vol. 2 HC: 07 Dec 2016
The Flash by Mark Waid Book One TP: 07 Dec 2016
The Flash #12: 14 Dec 2016
The Flash #13: 28 Dec 2016
The Flash, vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice TP: 18 Jan 2017
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Two TP: 26 Apr 2017

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