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C0mraid from Here and there
May 1st 2011 at 10:44:21 AM

It's recently occurred to me that the Flash is the only major traditional superhero, by a certain definition, whoose book I haven't read at some point. I've seen him, or more accurately them, in the JLA and other team books and I have a decent handle on the various personalities and a vauge history of the character.

What I don't know is how his regular comic works. How is he handled by various writers, which runs are considered high points? This has suddenly become irritating to me because although I've never read much Wonder Woman, for example, I know where to start if I wanted to, and what to expect.

Interestingly I visited the biggest comic book shop anywhere near me today and they had very few Flash graphic novels. I skimmed the latest ongoing they had, but it seemed like this recent series might not be representative of the catalouge as a whole.

So in brief I don't need a biography of the character, but more of a real world history of his various series.

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Aleclom The Fastest Man Alive from Chicago
The Fastest Man Alive
May 1st 2011 at 7:48:21 PM

The perfect place to begin is with Wally West's series (vol. 2), specifically issue #62. It begins the storyline "Born To Run", which is a retelling of his origins. So it quickly gives you a good base, and then you can just keep reading from there. Mark Waid was the writer on that series for like 80 issues, and his run is fantastic. Shortly after he left, Geoff Johns came on and also had a spectacular run on par with Waid's.

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alliterator professional crastinator from Southern California
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May 1st 2011 at 11:26:13 PM

I'd read "The Return of Barry Allen," too. This was a little bit after Wally West had taken over from the (then deceased) Barry Allen and fans were still asking when Barry was coming back. So Mark Waid gave them exactly what they asked for in the worst way possible and it was awesome.

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Aleclom The Fastest Man Alive from Chicago
The Fastest Man Alive
May 2nd 2011 at 4:23:23 AM

Well yeah, that's included in Waid's run. I mean to start with "Born To Run" and then follow the series forward from there, so eventually he'll read Flash vol. 2 #62-243 (or something).

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C0mraid from Here and there
May 2nd 2011 at 5:57:14 AM

Thankyou. Just for my general knowledge, is there any extremely unpopular runs, or any base breaker? Its just that I know that information about most prominent characters.

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May 2nd 2011 at 6:16:05 AM

I'd recommend the Messner-Loebs run, too, which preceded Waid's.

dontcallmewave Brony? Moi? surely you jest! from My home
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May 2nd 2011 at 6:21:14 AM

You may want to read the graphic novels Rogues, Crossfire, andBlitz.

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Filby Some Guy from Western Massachusetts
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May 3rd 2011 at 5:17:05 AM

Thankyou. Just for my general knowledge, is there any extremely unpopular runs, or any base breaker? Its just that I know that information about most prominent characters.

Yeah - The Flash: Fastest Man Alive (2006-2007), when Wally West was Put on a Bus and his young cousin Bart (Kid Flash) Allen was aged up to become the new Flash, going from a fun kid to a whiny adult. Probably the worst direction the book ever went in. Bart was later turned back into a kid again, thankfully.

Also, the first few issues of the Wally West run, before William Messner-Loebs came on, were pretty lackluster.

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dontcallmewave Brony? Moi? surely you jest! from My home
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May 10th 2011 at 10:43:12 AM

so which Flash is the most popular?

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dontcallmewave Brony? Moi? surely you jest! from My home
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May 10th 2011 at 4:46:26 PM

He's my personal favorite, but then again, he's the only one that I have read a comic about(If you don't count Barry Allen's brief but awesome appearance in Crisis On Infinite Earths}

edited 10th May '11 4:48:05 PM by dontcallmewave

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Filby Some Guy from Western Massachusetts
Some Guy
May 11th 2011 at 8:56:52 AM

Barry Allen is the one most non-comics readers know about from Pop-Cultural Osmosis, but Wally West's series gained more fans and critical acclaim.

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C0mraid from Here and there
May 11th 2011 at 9:22:42 AM

I thought the DCAU might have changed that though. I can't remember which name I heard first though, in fact it might hve been both at the same time.

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dontcallmewave Brony? Moi? surely you jest! from My home
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May 11th 2011 at 9:25:59 AM

Wasn't the Flash from the DCAU unspecified?

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C0mraid from Here and there
May 11th 2011 at 11:57:18 AM

Nope it was definately West. But from what I (thought) I knew of the Flash before I started this thread it was pretty obvious just from his personality anyway. Of course since I haven't had a chance to buy any your recommendations yet I might be wrong.

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May 11th 2011 at 12:00:32 PM

There's an episode where Batman goes Wally West, Clark Kent, and then Bruce Wayne before unmasking.

May 11th 2011 at 12:14:19 PM

And in the episode "Flash and Substance," it's definitely Wally West.

dontcallmewave Brony? Moi? surely you jest! from My home
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May 11th 2011 at 12:18:03 PM

But he has some elements from Barry Allen, The job, for example.And I dont think he had the same personality in the comics.

edited 11th May '11 12:18:41 PM by dontcallmewave

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Aleclom The Fastest Man Alive from Chicago
The Fastest Man Alive
May 11th 2011 at 12:21:52 PM

DCAU Wally is based on his personality from his Kid Flash years, and earlier in his Flash career before he matured.

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dontcallmewave Brony? Moi? surely you jest! from My home
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May 11th 2011 at 12:24:51 PM

So who is you're favorite rogue?

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C0mraid from Here and there
May 11th 2011 at 12:55:57 PM

[up][up] I thought so. And I knew he was confirmed as such in Starcrossed.

I honestly don't think most people, if they even know who the Flash is, would be able to give any real name for him. I learnt both at the same time by reading a very short biography that was in the Avengers United reprint of JLA/Avengers.

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May 11th 2011 at 1:37:23 PM

[up][up][up]In "Flash and Substance," the news reporter is Linda Park, Wally's love interest (and later wife) in the comics.

Feb 10th 2014 at 11:02:04 PM

I know this is the worst necro-bump of ALL TIME, but I gave The Trial of the Flash a trope page that could use filling out.

Saya1 Werefox from Multiverse
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Feb 12th 2014 at 4:02:06 AM

Captain Cold is my favorite Rogue. For Flash villains in general it's still Cold with Thawne taking 2nd place.

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Feb 12th 2014 at 11:03:40 AM

[up]The Rogues were the first comic book villains I really liked. And I think Captain Cold's an interesting villain. I did, however, get sick of Johns giving Cold the Mary Sue treatment.


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