If you look at all of the Justice League members, it’s The Flash who is quickly known as the speedy jokester. He adds a little fun to the world’s protectors. However, if you’re a fan of The Flash, you’d know that members of the Flash Family have some of the most heartfelt and serious stories in DC Comics, which the upcoming movie should show.
DC Comics fans might want to see what The Flash stories are out there that they like. After all, even though this Justice League member might be the most crazy of them all, his personal stories are some of the most interesting in the whole DC Universe.
1. Superman: Speed Kills! (1990)
This is a fun fact: One of one of the best stories in The Flash is from a different comic book. This line comes from The Adventures of Superman #463, where the Fifth Dimensional imp Mr. Mxyzptlk asks for the help of Superman and the Flash to get him back to his own dimension. Speed kills! Single-issue story: The Flash and Superman have to see who is the fastest in this single-issue story!
Though it isn’t as long as a full-length The Flash story, Speed Kills! is still fun to watch. Also, this is the same comic that the Justice League movie refers to at the end. It’s one where the Flash challenges Superman to a race some time after he beats Darkseid.
2. The Flash: Nobody Dies (1991)
In terms of single-issue wonders, The Flash: Nobody Dies is a great way to show how unique a Flash story can be without having a huge design. Here, Wally West’s the Flash jumps out of a plane to save a flight attendant who was sucked out of the same plane. These comics are breathtaking. In this issue, the Flash has to think about what it means to be a superhero. He finds a way to use his super speed to help him and the flight attendant stay alive during this fatal freefall.
It doesn’t matter how simple the premise is, Nobody Dies is one of the comics that shows how the Speed Force can be used in different ways. Wally West is shown to be very creative and bold. He has to use the Speed Force to save the day, which shows how good he is at it.
3. The Flash: Rogue War (2006)
In some cases, the villains of a hero can be what make them who they are. None could ever match the wacky powers and equally compelling motives of the Flash’s rogues, though. With that said, the Flash has a very interesting relationship with his enemies. This relationship is made even more complicated by The Flash: Rogue War.
In this story, Captain Cold starts a war between the Flash’s rogues’ gallery, especially when he thinks some of them might be good instead of bad. There’s a good chance these villains were rehabilitated by the Flash and Zatanna in secret, with one of them controlling the other.
4. Dark Nights: Death Metal: Speed Metal (2020)
In spite of its long name, Dark Nights: Death Metal: Speed Metal takes place at the end of the Dark Nights: Metal and Death Metal storylines. The Dark Multiverse is on the verge of joining the mainstream timeline and destroying all of existence. The Batman Who Laughs had just stolen the Mobius Chair, which was used by Wally West to change the past.
With the help of the Mobius Chair, the Batman Who Laughs now refers to himself as the Darkest Knight. Now that the Darkest Knight wants to kill Wally West, the speedster has to try and outrun him and his Dark Flashes. The Dark Knight had called his own Dark Flashes to try and outrun them! However, Wally gets help from people like Barry Allen and Jay Garrick and Kid Flash. They seem to be slow with the power of a damaged Speed Force on them. However, when all hope seems lost, the Flash shows there’s always a way out.
5. The Flash: The Death of Iris Allen
As comic book history has gone on, almost every superhero has tried to swim in dark waters, and the Flash is no different.
‘The Death of Iris Allen(opens in a new tab)’ would take over his title for the better part of a year, and it would be the event that most shaped him.
Without Iris, Barry is depressed and desperate, and he does everything he can to get her back. Reverse-Flash is revealed to be Iris’ killer as Barry gets desperate. This makes him the biggest threat to Barry and his family.
Legacy: This story has been around for a long time. It has been used as a source of inspiration for parts of the CW’s Flash show.
6. The Flash: Nobody Dies
In DC Comics, Wally West is probably the most well-liked hero from the past that they have. There were many good things about him as Kid Flash, but it took him a while to become a real adult hero in the minds of fans.
‘Nobody Dies(opens in a new tab)’ is a treatise on how Wally fights crime. When he’s facing impossible odds, he’ll do the right thing even if he’s rude or rash. In this case, he jumps out of a plane to save a flight attendant who is about to die. Besides, Wally doesn’t have any way to stop them from falling down either.
There are two people who do a great job of making us feel as though we’re in Wally’s shoes as he runs toward the ground, not sure whether he helped or just killed them both.
It all works out in the end, as these things usually do, so He said this in the beginning of the story: “Everyone lives. That’s the law.”
7. The Flash: Blitz
People who make comics often want to retell stories they’ve read and put a new twist on them. “Blitz” shows that Geoff Johns had “The Death of Iris Allen” in mind, but then goes a step further.
When Hunter Zolomon asks Wally West to change the timestream in “Blitz,” West doesn’t do it. This sets Zolomon on the path to becoming Zoom, a time-manipulating speedster who seemed to be faster than anyone readers had ever seen.
Johns knows about previous stories, so he can make people think that Zoom will kill Linda and get revenge on Wally, just like what happened to Barry and making Wally’s one rule meaningless. He lets Linda live, but he hurts her so bad that she doesn’t give birth to the two children she was pregnant with. Johns did something he didn’t expect:
As bad as this is for Wally and Linda, it shows that Zoom is a real threat. And even though the miscarriage would be fixed, the story is still a big one for Wally West, even though he didn’t have a child.
8. The Flash: Born to Run
“Born to Run(opens in a new tab)” is almost like Wally West’s “Year One.” When Mark Waid talks about and retells Wally’s history, it helps people understand how the kind of whiny kid from the Teen Titans turned into a real hero.
The arc gives readers a better idea of how the Speed Force works for Wally West and how it works for Barry Allen. But Waid is more interested in building up Wally as his own character, so he can take on the storied legacy of the Flash while also setting his own trail in the mantle.
To show that Wally is Barry’s true successor, Waid pays attention to Wally as a character. This makes ‘Born to Run’ a Flash story that will never be forgotten.
9. The Flash: The Flash of Two Worlds
When Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino did their work on ‘The Flash of Two Worlds,’ a lot of stories about multiversal mishaps and machinations wouldn’t be around if they hadn’t done their job.
While some of the storytelling was just Silver Age nonsense, the story was the first to introduce the idea of a multiverse that had different versions of the characters that people knew and loved. DC was able to bring back many Golden Age heroes and put them face-to-face with their modern counterparts thanks to this new comic book concept.
‘The Flash of Two Worlds(opens in a new tab) was a comic book that was never done before and is still a favorite. It opened up a whole new world of possibilities for comic book storytelling.