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** [[spoiler: The way Bart Allen's return is handled, by him having been trapped in the Speed Force as well, pleased fans on the grounds it confirmed he was missing ever since the New 52 began and thus solidifying him as a totally separate character from Bar Torr (the much loathed ReplacementScrappy for Bart created during Scott Lobdell's Teen Titans and who was first introduced under the name "Bart Allen").]]


** Some were worried that the story would play out similar to The Button, with only a light tease of a returning speedster before they were shuffled off for another story. [[Spoiler: Bart Allen actually does fully return in the story]].

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** Some were worried that the story would play out similar to The Button, with only a light tease of a returning speedster before they were shuffled off for another story. [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Bart Allen actually does fully return in the story]].

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** Some were worried that the story would play out similar to The Button, with only a light tease of a returning speedster before they were shuffled off for another story. [[Spoiler: Bart Allen actually does fully return in the story]].

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* CharacterDerailment: Hunter Zolomon is not treated kindly in this story. Pre-Flashpoint, he was a good man who was rendered unable to think rationally by his powers, but now he's still evil even without those powers, in direct contrast to his actions in Rogue War where he had a brief HeelFaceTurn the second he started thinking clearly again.


** Part 3 actually provides a ''big'' one for the bellow-stated issues. Rather than continue their fighting into a full-scale war, Barry ends up admitting to all that he's guilty of (not just the bellow-listed stuff, but also how he's ''known'' about the trapped speedsters but didn't tell Wally so he could investigate it with Batman, something both have put off for other things), and offers to help Wally find his kids. Wally's strategy ''doesn't'' involve breaking the Speed Force, but rather ''breaking into'' it, something Barry assists him with and, while it turns out Hunter ''was'' manipulating them, Barry's disgust is firmly with Hunter, not Wally.

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** Part 3 actually provides a ''big'' one for the bellow-stated issues. Rather than continue their fighting into a full-scale war, Barry ends up admitting to all that he's guilty of (not just the bellow-listed below-listed stuff, but also how he's ''known'' about the trapped speedsters but didn't tell Wally so he could investigate it with Batman, something both have put off for other things), and offers to help Wally find his kids. Wally's strategy ''doesn't'' involve breaking the Speed Force, but rather ''breaking into'' it, something Barry assists him with and, while it turns out Hunter ''was'' manipulating them, Barry's disgust is firmly with Hunter, not Wally.


** #3 actually provides a ''big'' one for the bellow-stated issues. Rather than continue their fighting into a full-scale war, Barry ends up admitting to all that he's guilty of (not just the bellow-listed stuff, but also how he's ''known'' about the trapped speedsters but didn't tell Wally so he could investigate it with Batman, something both have put off for other things), and offers to help Wally find his kids. Wally's strategy ''doesn't'' involve breaking the Speed Force, but rather ''breaking into'' it, something Barry assists him with and, while it turns out Hunter ''was'' manipulating them, Barry's disgust is firmly with Hunter, not Wally.

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** #3 Part 3 actually provides a ''big'' one for the bellow-stated issues. Rather than continue their fighting into a full-scale war, Barry ends up admitting to all that he's guilty of (not just the bellow-listed stuff, but also how he's ''known'' about the trapped speedsters but didn't tell Wally so he could investigate it with Batman, something both have put off for other things), and offers to help Wally find his kids. Wally's strategy ''doesn't'' involve breaking the Speed Force, but rather ''breaking into'' it, something Barry assists him with and, while it turns out Hunter ''was'' manipulating them, Barry's disgust is firmly with Hunter, not Wally.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Issue #3 ends with the reveal that [[spoiler:the titular 'Flash War' is ''not'' Barry vs Wally, but Barry and Wally vs Hunter, who dons Barry's original Flash suit and christens himself the real Fastest Man Alive.]] While this still fits the title of the story, and serves as a big misdirection that also avoids all the potential worries fans might have had, but it also means that the billed premise is a complete lie. One could argue this wastes the potential for a 'true' Barry vs Wally conflict.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Issue #3 Part 3 ends with the reveal that [[spoiler:the titular 'Flash War' is ''not'' Barry vs Wally, but Barry and Wally vs Hunter, who dons Barry's original Flash suit and christens himself the real Fastest Man Alive.]] While this still fits the title of the story, and serves as a big misdirection that also avoids all the potential worries fans might have had, but it also means that the billed premise is a complete lie. One could argue this wastes the potential for a 'true' Barry vs Wally conflict.

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** #3 actually provides a ''big'' one for the bellow-stated issues. Rather than continue their fighting into a full-scale war, Barry ends up admitting to all that he's guilty of (not just the bellow-listed stuff, but also how he's ''known'' about the trapped speedsters but didn't tell Wally so he could investigate it with Batman, something both have put off for other things), and offers to help Wally find his kids. Wally's strategy ''doesn't'' involve breaking the Speed Force, but rather ''breaking into'' it, something Barry assists him with and, while it turns out Hunter ''was'' manipulating them, Barry's disgust is firmly with Hunter, not Wally.
** For anyone concerned that DC would dismiss history for the sake of CharacterShilling Barry, it turns out that Wally ''is'' the faster of the Flashes, so much so that, while Barry can keep up for most of it, once they start to break through the Speed Force barrier, Barry can't keep up with him.


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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Issue #3 ends with the reveal that [[spoiler:the titular 'Flash War' is ''not'' Barry vs Wally, but Barry and Wally vs Hunter, who dons Barry's original Flash suit and christens himself the real Fastest Man Alive.]] While this still fits the title of the story, and serves as a big misdirection that also avoids all the potential worries fans might have had, but it also means that the billed premise is a complete lie. One could argue this wastes the potential for a 'true' Barry vs Wally conflict.


* UnintentionallySympathetic: Wally West comes across as this, since the writer ''really'' tries to portray Wally being clearly on the wrong side per stated above. With a mix of how [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic Barry is portrayed]], Wally has become the AudienceSurrogate character for the fans who are beyond exasperated by the erasure of Flash Family and how Speed Force has been abused as a plot point for the last decade. Some fans are genuinely rooting for Wally to destroy Speed Force if that means the return of Wally's older stories and the beloved characters.

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Wally West comes across as this, since the writer ''really'' tries to portray Wally being clearly on the wrong side per stated above. above -- and in general portrays him as irrational and just randomly dickish in this story, even before his kids are brought into things. With a mix of how [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic Barry is portrayed]], Wally has become the AudienceSurrogate character for the fans who are beyond exasperated by the erasure of the Flash Family and how the Speed Force has been abused as a plot point for the last decade. Some fans are genuinely rooting for Wally to destroy Speed Force if that means the return of Wally's older stories and the beloved missing characters.


* UnintentionallySympathetic: Wally West comes across as this, since the writer ''really'' tries to portray Wally being on the wrong side pe stated above. With a mix of how [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic Barry is portrayed]], Wally has become the AudienceSurrogate character for the fans who are beyond exasperated by the erasure of Flash Family and how Speed Force has been abused as a plot point for the last decade. Some fans are genuinely rooting for Wally to destroy Speed Force if that means the return of Wally's older stories and the beloved characters.

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Wally West comes across as this, since the writer ''really'' tries to portray Wally being clearly on the wrong side pe per stated above. With a mix of how [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic Barry is portrayed]], Wally has become the AudienceSurrogate character for the fans who are beyond exasperated by the erasure of Flash Family and how Speed Force has been abused as a plot point for the last decade. Some fans are genuinely rooting for Wally to destroy Speed Force if that means the return of Wally's older stories and the beloved characters.

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Wally West comes across as this, since the writer ''really'' tries to portray Wally being on the wrong side pe stated above. With a mix of how [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic Barry is portrayed]], Wally has become the AudienceSurrogate character for the fans who are beyond exasperated by the erasure of Flash Family and how Speed Force has been abused as a plot point for the last decade. Some fans are genuinely rooting for Wally to destroy Speed Force if that means the return of Wally's older stories and the beloved characters.


* AudienceAlienatingPremise: The ''Flash'' fanbase is known to get volatile when it comes to Barry Allen fans and Wally West fans, so marketing a story as one where the "best" Flash will be decided... yeah, people within the fanbase aren't pleased, nor are general DC fans who know of the BrokenBase.



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Seeing Barry and Wally fight over Wally attempting to save his kids despite the potential damage it would do brings about the idea that this could've been what ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' should've been about, with the idea of both Flashes being in conflict because of Barry being too obsessed with saving his mother no matter the consequences with Wally trying to stop him.


* BrokenBase:
** Besides the obvious one noted above, Wally fans are split between how he's used here. Some think that Wally's entirely sympathetic and are glad to see him get to actually ''fight for'' what's been taken from him, others are upset he's seemingly playing 'the villain' of the war but still think his actions are understandable given the situation, and then others absolutely hate the fact he'd believe Hunter's story and consider the whole thing a big Character Assassination.
** If Wally's kids should return after is also a splitting point, because of their BaseBreakingCharacter status. Some hope they come back after so that Wally can finally have something happy happen for him for a change, while others hate the kids enough to hope they stay gone. Less so for the rest of the Flash family, since people generally quite like Bart, Jesse, Jay, and Max, and actively want them free. Another faction have hoped for Iris and Jai to return on their own merits as characters beyond their connection to Wally, and their coming back will lead to the return of some of the other child characters who were erased from the DC Universe, like Lian Harper.
* ConflictBall: To some extent; after finding out about Irey and Jai, Wally's plan is explicitly ''not'' to destroy the Speed Force like Hunter is telling him to, but to instead run into it and hope he can connect to and retrieve his kids, and any other speedsters. Its not until after Barry dismisses the plan as too risky and tries to stop him that Wally begins to say that breaking the Speed Force might not be a bad thing. The entire thing ''could'' be avoided had either Wally taken a few moments to come up with his own plan, or if Barry, instead of telling Wally he can't do this, offered some actual help on how to get them out. Of course, this is probably intentional given that Hunter is explicitly manipulating them both.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Hunter Zolomon. The guy already was one, and when he was revealed to be alive, many cheers were had by all.



* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Barry, on the grounds that he ''is'' technically the one responsible for why the rest of the Flash Family are gone when he caused ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' and left the DC Universe open for [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Doctor Manhattan]] to mutilate, with the way he's trying to stop Wally from saving Iris and Jai being entirely too hypocritical given how obsessed he was with saving his mom. While he does make a completely understandable point that Hunter Zolomon may just be manipulating Wally to drive them apart, Barry doesn't even make an attempt to offer to find another way to save Wally's kids and is more determined in making him stop.

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Barry, on the grounds that he ''is'' technically the one responsible for why the rest of the Flash Family are gone when he caused ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' and left the DC Universe open for [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Doctor Manhattan]] to mutilate, with the way he's trying to stop Wally from saving Iris and Jai being entirely too hypocritical given how obsessed he was with saving his mom. While he does make a completely understandable point that Hunter Zolomon may just be manipulating Wally to drive them apart, Barry doesn't even make an attempt to offer to find another way to save Wally's kids and is more determined in making him stop.stop.
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* UnintentionalUnsympathetic: Barry, on the grounds that he ''is'' technically the one responsible for why the rest of the Flash Family are gone when he caused ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' and left the DC Universe open for [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Doctor Manhattan]] to mutilate, with the way he's trying to stop Wally from saving Iris and Jai being entirely too hypocritical given how obsessed he was with saving his mom. While he does make a completely understandable point that Hunter Zolomon may just be manipulating Wally to drive them apart, Barry doesn't even make an attempt to offer to find another way to save Wally's kids and is more determined in making him stop.

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* UnintentionalUnsympathetic: UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Barry, on the grounds that he ''is'' technically the one responsible for why the rest of the Flash Family are gone when he caused ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' and left the DC Universe open for [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Doctor Manhattan]] to mutilate, with the way he's trying to stop Wally from saving Iris and Jai being entirely too hypocritical given how obsessed he was with saving his mom. While he does make a completely understandable point that Hunter Zolomon may just be manipulating Wally to drive them apart, Barry doesn't even make an attempt to offer to find another way to save Wally's kids and is more determined in making him stop.


** If Wally's kids should return after is also a splitting point, because of their BaseBreakingCharacter status. Some hope they come back after so that Wally can finally have something happy happen for him for a change, while others hate the kids enough to hope they stay gone. Less so for the rest of the Flash family, since people generally quite like Bart, Jesse, Jay, and Max, and actively want them free.

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** If Wally's kids should return after is also a splitting point, because of their BaseBreakingCharacter status. Some hope they come back after so that Wally can finally have something happy happen for him for a change, while others hate the kids enough to hope they stay gone. Less so for the rest of the Flash family, since people generally quite like Bart, Jesse, Jay, and Max, and actively want them free. Another faction have hoped for Iris and Jai to return on their own merits as characters beyond their connection to Wally, and their coming back will lead to the return of some of the other child characters who were erased from the DC Universe, like Lian Harper.



* JerkassWoobie: The 'Jerkass' part is entirely up for debate, but Wally ''is'' the aggressor in the fight, threatening Barry because he's getting in his way and fighting to do something incredibly risky at a less-than-trustworthy former villain's say-so. However, he's doing this to ''[[PapaWolf save his children]]'' who are trapped in the same Speed Force limbo he was stuck in, as well as the other speedsters stuck inside, and this is after the TraumaCongaLine he's been on since ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' sent him into the Speed Force in the first place.

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* JerkassWoobie: The 'Jerkass' part is entirely up for debate, but Wally ''is'' the aggressor in the fight, threatening Barry because he's getting in his way and fighting to do something incredibly risky at a less-than-trustworthy former villain's say-so. However, he's doing this to ''[[PapaWolf save his children]]'' who are trapped in the same Speed Force limbo he was stuck in, as well as the other speedsters stuck inside, and this is after the TraumaCongaLine he's been on since ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' sent him into the Speed Force in the first place.place.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Seeing Barry and Wally fight over Wally attempting to save his kids despite the potential damage it would do brings about the idea that this could've been what ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' should've been about, with the idea of both Flashes being in conflict because of Barry being too obsessed with saving his mother no matter the consequences with Wally trying to stop him.
* UnintentionalUnsympathetic: Barry, on the grounds that he ''is'' technically the one responsible for why the rest of the Flash Family are gone when he caused ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' and left the DC Universe open for [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Doctor Manhattan]] to mutilate, with the way he's trying to stop Wally from saving Iris and Jai being entirely too hypocritical given how obsessed he was with saving his mom. While he does make a completely understandable point that Hunter Zolomon may just be manipulating Wally to drive them apart, Barry doesn't even make an attempt to offer to find another way to save Wally's kids and is more determined in making him stop.

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