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    Having discovered his mother murdered and his father blamed for the act, forensic scientist Barry Allen sought to clear his father's name and find the real killer. After being doused in chemicals and struck by lightning, Barry was granted the gift of super-speed. Now he protects his hometown of Central City as The Flash, the fastest man alive and founding member of the Justice League.

    Who is the Best Flash?

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            The family that runs together, uh... arrives together.
     The family that runs together, uh... arrives together.

    Who’s the best Flash? The greatest ever? For a name that brings with it the reputation of fastest man alive, this mantle hasn’t actually experienced that much turnover in all the decades since FLASH COMICS #1 hit spinner racks. Barry Allen has, of course, returned just recently, but Wally West’s total tenure still isn’t actually that much shorter than his. It’s even a bit of trip to get my mind around Barry’s comeback, since he was dead and gone and Wally was the Flash, for sure, since the very year I was born. The scarlet speedsters’ legacy is a little unique amongst the major heroes’ in this respect, because the answer to who’s the best Flash isn’t as clear cut as it is for, say, Green Lantern or Captain America. Actually, once you start comparing and contrasting all the Flashes to figure that out, you’ll also start noticing that this family of the fast is unique in a lot of ways. 

    Between Johnny Quick, Jesse Quick, Max Mercury and XS, there are too many names to cover all the speedsters, so I'll keep it to the Flashes. Though, maybe I'm then remiss for not including Flash Gordon or Flash Thompson here?  == TEASER ==

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    JAY GARRICK 

    (First Appearance: FLASH COMICS #1)

    The uniqueness starts with Jay who, between all the retcons he's undergone, has always been more like a local hero than a super one. He first used his super-speed to be a star college football player and, when he did turn to crime fighting, he handled small potato threats like blackmailers and then didn’t even bother trying to keep a secret identity. Look at his costume. Without the flair of the helmet and the winged boots, It’s really not too far from being just a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved shirt. He's thus looked a little out-of-place whenever he's tagged along for the really far-out, metaphysical threats that heroes of later generations have taken on. In a lot of ways, he's almost like a weekend warrior whose hobby would be taken and turned into a profession by his successors.

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    BARRY ALLEN 

    (SHOWCASE #4)

    Barry's debut marked the dawn of the Silver Age and, out of all the DC heroes who were active then, he's really the most emblematic of the era. Hal Jordan and Ollie Queen may have gone through dark periods, but Barry's noble character has never been compromised. Actually, he’s probably the most well-adjusted hero out of the whole pantheon. Where Superman went through 60 odd years of courtship with Lois Lane before making it official and Batman's had one volatile love affair after another, Barry married Iris West only a few years after his debut and established a family legacy that's repeatedly been shown to survive well into the future. Often stressed to be a simple Midwestern guy doing right for simple reasons, Barry is very much a rock of stability (even as he's moving constantly.)

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    WALLY WEST 

    (THE FLASH #110, Vol. 1)

    The unusual streak continues with Wally, one of the few major heroes I can think of who's gone through a measurable arc over his career. Like a child actor, he started off as a chipper sidekick, turned into a bit of a jerk as a young man (after he gained the mantle post-CRISIS) and then went on to grow in both power and character as an adult. He was the one who discovered the Speed Force and he was the one who tapped into it to ratchet his abilities up higher than anybody really could've imagined. I was almost going to include him twice on this list by spotlighting the Dark Flash, Wallace West - - his grizzled alternate future doppleganger who briefly replaced him during one of his deaths.

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    BART ALLEN 

    (THE FLASH #92, Vol. 2)

    The theme of acceleration goes hand-and-hand with all of this, so it’s probably appropriate that the fourth Flash’s career would seem very much like a fast-forwarded recreation of the third's. He went from Impulse/Kid Flash to actual Flash rather quickly, by comparison, and had a brief (only 13 issues long!) run with the mantle before, well, running into his own demise. Did he get a fair shake? It’s hard to say. I’ll confess to finding him more appealing as a bratty junior speedster with a short attention span over a more mature adult, but that could've changed with time. Considering we have five Green Lanterns flying around, I'm sure he'll another shot eventually.

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    JOHN FOX 

    (THE FLASH 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL)

    Another Flash to buck convention, John’s a future successor who wasn’t just part of a one-off story - - he’s shown up repeatedly and become an established part of the mythos. What's more, his already-crazy origin in the 27 century got a wilder twist in DC ONE MILLION when he ran ahead to the even-farther future of the 853rd century. While he’s got a cool, spacy costume and a shock of gray that makes him (pun intended) a bit of silver fox, the de facto future Flash is probably the least likable of this bunch (or the one with the biggest personality problems to surmount, at least.) A violator of time travel law, his career actually began out of jealously as he tried to steal Wally’s life.  

     
    Who deserves the mantle of being the best Flash and why?  
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    #1  Edited By Renee

    Wally. <3

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    #2  Edited By Gokujam

    Wally. No contest. He's the Flash I grew up with and he took the character/mantle to new heights.

     


     

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    #3  Edited By redmanta

    BARRY ALLEN
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    #4  Edited By tonis

    although I always liked the comedic touch Wally brings with him, Barry is the legend.

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    You forgot to mention the Tangent female Flash.  But I'm gonna say Barry is the greatest Flash, since he sacrificed himself in the Crisis on Infinite Earths.

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    #6  Edited By CrimsonAvenger

    Jay Garrick not only was he the first but he created the legacy of The Flash and inspired Barry Allen as a kid to become a superhero.

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    #7  Edited By Dr. Detfink

      

      
     
    C'mon, it's Flash Gordon!
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    #8  Edited By arrowfan237

    Barry Allen. No contest.
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    #9  Edited By batmanbeyond8
    @darkrider said:
    " BARRY ALLEN "
    Agreed
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    it has to be wally west but i also like barry allen

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    #11  Edited By Theodore

    Barry or Wally I like them both equally

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    #12  Edited By FadeToBlackBolt

    Wally West, it's not even a question. The fastest, the most powerful and the best character of the lot. Wally ftw.

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    #13  Edited By MuadDiab

    I'm a big fan of the new Flash series and love Manupal's art so much. This series is the first time I've read the Flash, besides Rebirth, so Barry is my favorite. It seems to be building up to something big so I wouldn't be suprised if Barry is established as the best Flash in this universe as the arcs go on.

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    #14  Edited By DarthStorm

    Wally West. Hands down.

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    #15  Edited By comicbikerscott

    barry allan and wally west
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    #16  Edited By longbowhunter

    I think Wally is probably the best. But my favorite is Jay.
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    #17  Edited By Miss Marvel

    It's hard to say, all the Flashes are pretty awesome... 
    But senss i'm a Bart Allen fan i'd pry have to go with him just as a character but if we're talking as the Flash then i guess Berry's more of the orginal classic, but Wally has the prettiest eyes =)

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    #18  Edited By tensor

    i like them all

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    #19  Edited By caesarsghost

    chanting BARRY BARRY BARRY  
     
    But I do love Wally as well, as he was the one I grew up with in the cartoons.  
     
    While both incredile, Barry Allen will always be the original Flash to me (even though Jay was technically the Flash before him, Barry was the one who gave the character the iconic look etc...)

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    @darkrider said:
    "BARRY ALLEN "
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    #21  Edited By Virus_Warning

    Wally West
    I like Bart too, but more as Kid Flash/Impulse
    -Virus

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    #22  Edited By humanfly26

    Wally!

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    #23  Edited By cold_fuzion

    Wally >Jay > Bart ~ random hobo in spandex > Barry
     
    Sorry, but Barry was never interesting before. He was always so two-dimensional and wooden. But so were a lot of the silver age heroes.  I don't care for the retcon to make him interesting that they pulled in rebirth. Too gimmicky. If he needed the whole Batman-lite origin to make him compelling then why did they need to bring him back in the first place?
     
    I thought Wally's journey to grow into the Flash legacy built him up as a much more solid character and gave the reader a real reason to actually care about him. I would like the super-powered twins thing burned from my memory, but otherwise Wally wins this hands down in my book.

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    #24  Edited By Mas

    Wally made the title his own. He deserves to enjoy being the Flash. Jay started the whole thing so he will always be the Flash, Barry should find a new name, and personally Bart should name himself Mercury when he gets older (after Max).
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    #25  Edited By C2

    Walter West, the Dark Flash :) I thought he rocked

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    #26  Edited By schmidty207

    "The Best Flash" title goes to...whomever the reader grew up reading. That means Wally for me. He had to grow up quickly after Barry sacrificed himself in COIE even though he could only go the speed of sound at the time. He had the HUGE responsibility of carrying on the Flash legacy, and did so wonderfully. Barry will most likely win, but he left some massive soles to fill.

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    #27  Edited By spidey182

    i like bart the most as a character but he shouldn't have been the flash because it didn't suit him, so i think wally is the best flash

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    #28  Edited By NewCapA

    Wally!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53OyPYa7SEI

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    #29  Edited By Woodclaw
    @Chris207 said:
    " "The Best Flash" title goes to...whomever the reader grew up reading.
    Agreed that of Flash (Flashes?) has always been a family business, every generation added something to it. Jay pretty much created the whole image of a "working class hero", Barry made it into a icon with his heroic sacrifice and wally pretty much pushed it another step further with the discovery of the Speed Force.
     
    I think that Barry will always remain the most iconic of the Flash, but cut is very close here.
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    #30  Edited By Frobin

    Wally West for sure ...  I still see no need for Barry Allen's rebirth. The Flash universe was perfect with Jay Garrick, Bart Allen and Wally West & family. Now Barry is the odd man out.
     
    It's pretty lame of DC to just repeat the rebirth idea of Green Lantern. It worked well with Hal Jordan (though Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner are ok too - but they never got the same contour like the character of Hal Jordan). But Wally West has been much better than the classic Flash and the character of Wally West has imo much more substance than Barry Allen.
     

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    #31  Edited By jointron33

    BARRY!!!!!!!!! BARRY!!!!!!!!!!! BARRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    #32  Edited By GothamRed

    I know it's just going to come down to barry or wally, though I do like bart, albeit not as the flash, but I guess I'd go with Wally cause I grew up with him

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    #33  Edited By weapon154

    Barry Allen, he died, came back and defeated Reverse-Flash, he was the second and most enthusiastic about the idea while Wally had to grow into the role, starting out as Kd-Flash.

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    #34  Edited By Outside_85

    Wally, no comepetition.

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    #35  Edited By GundamHeavyarms

    Its going to come down to either Barry or Wally.  If that person grew up with Barry, they'll say Barry, if they grew up with Wally, they'll say Wally.  Personally I like them equally.  Theyre both great in their own way.  Barry comes off now more as a Cop whose trying to be a superhero (I know that Barry didn't really have a personality, but no DC silver age superhero did.)  Where as Wally continued that everyman tradition as a married father.

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    #36  Edited By ms__omega

    Wally West was always my favorite

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    #37  Edited By speedlgt

    wally is the BEST the most powerful most skilled and best personality overall hes the best character to ever be the flash. 
     
    Barry is too goody good and he was gone way too long to matter now.
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    #38  Edited By xander_cole

    wally is the most experienced one

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    #39  Edited By Justize

    WALLY WEST > BART ALLEN > JAY GARRICK...and Barry Allen
     
    After Barry was brought back, Wally got shafted even though Wally is a much better Flash. It is established in the DC continuity that Wally West is the best Flash to ever carry the mantle. He could do tricks that Barry could only dream of.
     
    The only time I ever liked Barry was in a Marvel comic, when a strange character (who bore Barry's likeness) named Buried Alien raced against other Marvel speedsters.

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    #40  Edited By chewt0y

    I would have to say Wally.  The Waid / Wieringo run is still the definitive Flash in my eyes.

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    #41  Edited By Fantasgasmic

    I'm going with Wally. I like that he's kinda silly and i like his costume better (even tho they're near impossible to tell apart unless they're facing left (since Wally's lighting bolt waistline is symmetrical and Barry's isn't). Plus he's the fastest of the Flashes. 
     
    As for Barry being stable and never being evil, didn't he just become Parallax?! (I don't know I've only seen cover art, not read those books)

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    #42  Edited By karrob
    @Gokujam said:
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    Wally. No contest. He's the Flash I grew up with and he took the character/mantle to new heights.

     


     

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    #43  Edited By UltimateSaiyan

    Well if you mean best "good flash", it'd be Bart! I liked him as Impulse, and he's the most likable now, and the most humorous. If you're talking about "evil flash", than Black Racer or Reverse-Flash.

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    #44  Edited By Mbecks14

    I'm gonna have to go with Barry Allen.  
     
    Bart makes a better kid flash, his flash run was horrible

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    #45  Edited By ZacCooper

    Wally West first, Barry Allen close second

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    #46  Edited By DanSaka

    Wally!
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    #47  Edited By Foolkiller
    @primepower53 said:
    " @darkrider said:
    "BARRY ALLEN "
    "
    @batmanbeyond8 said:
    " @darkrider said:
    " BARRY ALLEN "
    Agreed "
    @arrowfan237 said:
    " Barry Allen. No contest. "
    @darkrider said:
    " BARRY ALLEN "
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    #48  Edited By queenfrost_

    Wally. <33

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    #49  Edited By TDK_1997

    I'm saying Barry Allen and Wally West

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    #50  Edited By mightiness

    Wally West is the best. 
     
    I can't be wrong cause i made it rhyme

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