The Flash is a 2016 comic book series published bimonthy by DC Comics as part of their DC Rebirth rebranding initiative. It is written by Joshua Williamson, and drawn by Carmine Di Giandomenico and Neil Googe.
The series continues Barry Allen's adventures as The Flash from the New 52 volume and is a direct sequel to the DC Rebirth one-shot which featured the return of pre-Flashpoint Wally West, as well as numerous revelations made regarding the creation of the new universe.
The first story arc, Lightning Strikes Twice, deals with a Speed Force storm occuring in Central City and granting numerous people the abilities of a speedster. While Barry decides to help train them at S.T.A.R. Labs, his plans are sidetracked when a new, evil speedster named Godspeed, who is killing the new speedster to gain their abilities, shows up.
The second arc, Speed of Darkness, deals with the appearance of the Shade. While having reformed and found love, the Shade's shadow powers grew out of control and are threatening to take over Central City and then the world.
The third arc is titled Rogues Reloaded. After Rogues Reloaded, there was a mini-arc titled Sins of the Father, which focuses on Kid Flash and getting answers regarding his father Daniel West, the Reverse-Flash.
The series crossed over with Batman (Rebirth) for The Button. This crossover follows up on a plotline from DC Universe: Rebirth #1 Batman's discovery of the Comedian's button in the Batcave serving as one of the first direct follow-ups on the Watchmen Myth Arc present throughout the Rebirth line. See that page for relevant tropes.
From issue 45, the arc Flash War focused on Barry and Wally dealing with the return of Hunter Zolomon. Tropes for that can be seen over in its own page.
Tropes included in The Flash volume five:
- Abusive Parents: The James', for Jesse James, are directly responsible for his attitude, caring more about using him to commit scams and theft than actually raising him.
- Alternate Self: In issue 52, Barry consults the speedsters of the multiverse about the other Forces out there.
- Bad Future: Barry's initial experiments with his superpowers wind up transporting him into a Central City ruled by the Turtle.
- Belated Backstory: Issue 53 gives a glimpse into Commander Cold's backstory, seven years after his first appearance.
- Big Eater: Fuerza, apparently as a result of using the Strength Force.
- Call-Back: In issue 57, Iris gets a memory of her pre-Flashpoint life in the 30th century, during the time Barry was dead.
- Chest Insignia: The other Forces turn out to have their own chest symbols, just like the Flash lightning bolt.
- Evil Counterpart: Turns out the 25th century doesn't just have a Reverse-Flash, it's also got an evil version of Elongated Man: Elongated Maniac.
- Expendable Alternate Universe: After Flash War, Hunter Zolomon is murdering the Flashes of the multiverse.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: The mystery villain from the 25th century, who really hates the Flashes for some reason, apparently related to losing their own family. Whoever they are, they want revenge, and send Godspeed to gather speed force samples from Barry, Wallace, and the Flash of China. They also have a knowledge of both the original Crisis and Flashpoint.
- How Do I Shot Web?: "Year One" shows Barry trying to figure out his newly acquired super-speed. He goes through a lot of sneakers before managing to find friction-proof material, never mind the problems of breaking.
- Internal Reveal:
- Barry and Wallace find out in "Sins of the Father" that Daniel West died when with the Suicide Squad in New Suicide Squad.
- Commander Cold tells Burns he's from the future on realizing they're about to run into the Trickster.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: Iris and Barry keep secrets from one another (for Iris, the fact she remembers being married to Barry), and it makes both of them miserable.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In the second annual, Godspeed's mystery backer tells him to get out rather than face Impulse.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After years of being a jerk, issue 69 sees Wolfe's misdeeds exposed thanks to the Trickster, and he's arrested. While he doesn't get dumped in Iron Heights (Trickster blew it up), he does get put in the cell next to Captain Cold in Belle Reeve.
- Manipulative Bastard: Psych uses his psychic powers to skim Barry's mind, finds out about his mom issues and uses them to trick Barry into trusting him.
- Mind Rape: Psych uses the Sage Force to rip a lot of secrets out of Roulette's mind.
- Never Found the Body: In issue 53, Trickster is apparently crushed by falling rubble, and despite Barry's best efforts he can't find the body. The end of the issue reveals he is in fact alive and well.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. Commander Cold's real name is Henry, the same as Barry's father, a fact he's aware of.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: On Barry's return to Central City in issue 67, the immediate tip off that something is massively, massively wrong is both Wolfe and Singh are happy.
- Origins Episode: The "Year One" storyline, starting with issue 70.
- Outlaw Couple: Gemini, a pair of criminals Barry encounters on his Force Quest, who've been committing crimes since stumbling onto an abandoned lab since the 40s, and have developed a taste for the Forces. [[spoiler:They stop being a couple when Psych uses his powers to kill
- Pardon My Klingon: Confused and irritated by the fact everyone he knows seems to be missing, Bart lets lose a "what the sprock?!"
- Pet the Dog: In the second annual, Warden Wolfe lets Meena out of her cell to assist the police, an astoundingly magnanimous gesture from him.
- Police Brutality: Cauldron, a vicious corrupt cop Barry encounters in Corto Maltese, fighting Fuerza. He's not above holding innocent people hostage, or just shooting his underlings in the head for talking back to him.
- Poor Communication Kills: In the second annual, Wallace learns from Barry what happened to Wally over in Heroes in Crisis, and immediately assumes Barry's been keeping the secret from Iris, and lets loose with a What the Hell, Hero?, without ever learning that Barry had only just learned what happened a few minutes prior.
- Pungeon Master: One of the key differences between Commander Cold and Captain Cold is that Commander Cold still cracks puns, a character trait Captain has long since outgrown.
- Put on a Bus: Iris leaves Central City after the events of Heroes in Crisis, needing space from Barry.
- Remember the New Guy?: Augustus Heart, who supposedly was Barry's BFF before the lightning bolt, introduced in issue 1. Blame the Cosmic Retcon.
- The Reveal: The other forces were opposed to the Speed Force, and the Speed Force avatar locked them all away.
- Sadistic Choice: The Trickster forces Barry to chose between stopping him, or saving the citizens of Central City from Sage Force-induced madness. Barry chooses the later, and the Trickster gets away.
- Secret Keeper:
- Iris finds out she and Barry were married before the Cosmic Retcon, but doesn't tell Barry about it.
- The gorillas of Gorilla City knew about the other Forces centuries before Barry did.
- Spotting the Thread: Both Barry and Meena notice something off with Godspeed on his return.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Justified with the Strength Force. Its power is situational, so if the user lifts a tank, the energy focuses so they can lift it, reallocating it from where they might've been using it otherwise.
- There Is Another: Issue #49 reveals there are other forces besides the Speed Force, sealed behind a barrier within it that Hunter Zolomon tricked Barry and Wally into breaking. They are the Sage Force, the Strength Force and the Still Force.
- Trapped in the Past: Commander Cold of the Renegades gets stuck in the modern day after Flash War renders time-travel impossible. Neither he or Barry are exactly happy about it.
- Unperson: After Jesse James escaped Iron Heights, Warden Wolfe had all his records destroyed... which just made it easier for James to lay low.
- Vagueness Is Coming: At the end of issue 69, a new avatar of the Still Force appears to Barry in the crime lab, and tells him an unknown threat is coming for the multiverse.
- Wardens Are Evil: Warden Gregory Wolfe of Iron Heights, a man so unpleasant the Rogues are terrified of him. He also has absolutely no compunctions about trying to have Barry killed, repeatedly, even when Barry saves his life from the consequences of his actions.
- Wham Line: "The Speed, Sage, Strength, and Still Forces were never a team. They were enemies. Their destiny is war. They battle to survive... and for control of the Forever Force."
- Wham Shot: Issue 53 ends with Trickster being asked for a team-up by... the original Trickster.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: During issue 59, Barry gets attacked by some gorillas. Then he punches one and learns it's a robot, at which point he shrugs, and tears them to pieces without hesitation.