Warning: SPOILERS for The Flash #50.
The ultimate chapter of the Flash Conflict occasion of DC’s The Flash comedian has lastly answered a topic of debate between followers of the franchise. Which model of The Flash is the quickest – Barry Allen, or Wally West?
First launched in Showcase #4 again in 1956, Barry Allen might be the very best recognized incarnation of The Flash to trendy audiences, if solely due to his presence within the Justice League film and the favored tv collection, starring Grant Gustin. Barry would go on to provide his life to save lots of the universe within the 1985 story Disaster On Infinite Earths, inspiring his protege and nephew, Wally West (a.ok.a. Child Flash), to take up his mantle. Wally would go on to find The Velocity Drive – an vitality discipline that empowered and guarded the entire speedsters in DC Comics’ universe – and develop a stage of energy his uncle had by no means possessed.
This modified drastically within the present actuality of DC Comics (a.ok.a. The Rebirth Reality), the place the timeline was rewritten so Barry Allen had found The Velocity Drive early on in his profession and Wally West was trapped inside The Speed Force till Barry Allen pulled him out of it.
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Whereas it had beforehand been assumed that Wally was far quicker than his mentor, having had extra time to discover The Velocity Drive and what it may well do, Barry’s nature within the new timeline made that reality much less sure. Whereas Wally’s experimentation with The Velocity Drive allowed him to develop various powers Barry did not appear to have (akin to the flexibility to empty the rate from objects already in movement) that also did not imply he might outrun Barry.
The latest Flash Conflict storyline noticed the 2 Flashes pitted in opposition to one another, due to the machinations of the villain Zoom, who reminded Wally of the existence of his two youngsters and urged that they had been trapped in The Velocity Drive as he had been. This led to Wally making an attempt to interrupt The Velocity Drive open and Barry trying to stop him.
This was all part of Zoom’s bigger plan, which hinged on Wally’s actions permitting him entry to various vitality fields past The Velocity Drive, together with a Strength Force and Sage Force that provided elevated bodily and psychological prowess. Decided to make use of his newfound energy to rewrite his previous, Zoom raced into the depths of the time-stream with Barry and Wally in scorching pursuit. It was right here that Barry did what all good lecturers do and inspired his pupil to change into higher than him, reminding Wally that whereas Barry was “at all times so misplaced within the science of The Velocity Drive,” Wally knew how you can benefit from the pace and reduce free in a means Barry could not. Spurred on by Barry’s phrases that he was actually The Quickest Man Alive, Wally goes on to run literal circles round Zoom and save the day.
The victory is a Pyrrhic one, nonetheless, and the aftershocks of Flash Conflict can be felt for a while to return. Zoom remains to be at massive and The Velocity Drive itself has been altered in ways in which is probably not wholly obvious. Doubtlessly future problems with The Flash will proceed to discover the adjustments wrought by the Flash Conflict and what they may imply within the face of DC Comics’ ever-changing cosmology might show actually surprising.
The Flash #50 is now accessible from DC Comics.