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“My name is Barry Allen, and I’m the fastest man ALIVE!”

The character of Bartholomew Henry (Barry)Allen is one of the most vital characters in the history of comics and yet from the mid 1990’s to the mid to late 2000’s he fell into obscurity. 

BACKSTORY: Jay Garrick was the Flash of the “GOLDEN AGE”(1939 - 1956(?)) but then he disappeared for years. Barry Allen’s “FLASH” was first introduced in Showcase#4 in 1956 heralding the beginning of the “Silver Age”(1956 - 1973(?)). His final appearance in 1986 brought about the end of DC universe via “Crisis of the Infinite Earths”. While in 2011 his actions in “FLASHPOINT” brought the “DC NEW 52”. And yet despite all that up until that point he wasn’t that popular(or at least as he was a couple of decades prior). His former sidekick Wally West(the former Kid Flash) had taken on his role of the FLASH(being the 1st sidekick to fulfill the promise of taking over their mentor’s role). Yet despite that up unto this story took place people were still asking “When is Barry coming back?” as if Wally was just a substitute teacher and Barry was the real one(?).


The origin of how this story came about is retold in the introduction by then writer Mark Waid and editor Brian Augustyn. Mark was about to start his run on the book(issue 62 he would right T”HE FLASH” for almost 100 issues straight) and the only question fans were asking were “When is Barry coming back?” At first they agreed that bringing him back would be a mistake but then they got to thinking: “What if Barry came back and it ended up being the worst thing in the world”? What would his return mean to Wally who while he took the up the Flash mantle still had a lot of growing up to do. He loved his “Uncle Barry” more than being a superhero. He was dealing with “immaturity, self doubt” plus he wasn’t anywhere close to how fast Barry was(the reason why is answered in the story). If Barry comes back will Wally ever “grow up”?

Well (Spoilers)by the end of this story everyone in the DC universe and the readers will consider Wally as “THE FLASH”

The actual beginning of the story begins when Wally and friends are at get together and suddenly Barry Allen walks right through the door saying “Merry Christmas, Everybody!” as if nothing has happened. So yeah there as a bit of a shock for everyone. At first everyone is understandably surprised and happy but then everyone begins to accept that this is indeed Barry since Hal Jordan(Green Lantern) used his ring to verify he is the real deal. Heck even Wally accepts it…however even early on something seemed off about the way Barry was acting. An issue later while teaming up with Barry an event happens that crushes Wally’s spirit and there is a real question on whether or not just will he become the FLASH again but will he even run again?


One of the things I really loved about the DC universe at this time and that is highlighted during this arc is the sense of “Legacy”. In this volume we have the “Golden Age” Flash Jay Garrick but we also have the mostly forgotten Johnny Quick and Max Mercury. They all have different color schemes, personalities how they came upon their abilities. They might be the supporting cast of this book but they don’t ever take a back seat. For the rest of the series and various Flash series since(New 52 not included) they stay around in some capacity and perform support. That’s a major reason why I loved the Justice Society. You have all of these characters from decades ago brought into present day and you find out that they are great characters. It’s like the old saying goes “There aren’t any bad characters just characters written badly”. Heck in this story they help Wally strengthen his resolve so he can finally his potential. It wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

This story also serves as an origin story for a particular villain via retcon. Normally I am uneasy when it comes to retcon’s but a lot of thought and seemingly planning went into this and the resolution of the story is earned.


WRITING: I feel that this is the story arc it that people finally took notice not just of Wally but Mark Waid as well. He nailed nearly every character in the story setting up a solid foundation for other writers to add on to their character(I’m looking at you Geoff Johns!). The only character that got a bit of a shaft was “Linda Park” she doesn’t do much and in the climax she’s there only to be saved. It was impressive how Mark Waid introduced the past “Speedsters” without a ton of exposition and right away you had an good idea about them and their history. Another interesting facet of this story is it’s basically a “mystery tale” done so well you have to read it a second time because the clues are present. 

The best part of the story I feel is it’s a great jumping on for the series. You don’t have to know who the Flash is. You don’t need to have read previous issues. It’s story confined to it’s own single title(without any crossing over to other titles) and by the end there’s major character development with the star character.

Based on how this story read it’s obvious this wasn’t just a job for Mark Waid that he loved the characters and their history during his run on the series. Heck he’s such a comic geek that he know’s SUPERMAN’s Social Security number! (It’s 092-09-6616 by the way (per Action Comics #340)) 


ARTWORK: The art is really good in parts(example the fights) but my suspicion was correct. This is yet another story where multiple artists were used. It’s noticeable about halfway through the story but you’ll eventually get over it. I did see an odd transition with some of the characters but other than that the art flowed well and was in sync with the writing.


Recommendation: Yes 


My history with flash began when I started reading comics in 1990. I started about the time the CBS “FLASH” series(starring John Wesley Shipp). I’d read an issue here and there but couldn’t get into it. I didn’t start reading the FLASH until ironically right after this storyline. Heck I didn’t even know this story existed until years later and I didn’t actually buy and then read it until only a few years ago. Here’s the thing about this story is while it’s called “The Return of Barry Allen” it’s really about Wally West. The sad fact is while Barry is an important character there just isn’t a lot of trades of specific standout stories for him(pre “Crisis of Infinite Earths”). But here are a  couple:


The Trial of the Flash (FLASH issues#’s 323-327, 329-336 & 340-350)

The Life Story of the Flash

FLASH: Rebirth


One final note. From the 1990’s to just a few years ago everyone from comic fans to the “general public” knew about Wally West(due to the Justice League animated show) and either forgot or didn’t know about Barry allen. And now after his “rebirth” in 2009(23 years after his death(?)) the new television show and movie upcoming, it’s Wally who’s fallen into the background.


What a twist.




“My name is Barry Allen, and I’m the fastest man ALIVE!”

The character of Bartholomew Henry (Barry)Allen is one of the most vital characters in the history of comics and yet from the mid 1990’s to the mid to late 2000’s he fell into obscurity. 

BACKSTORY: Jay Garrick was the Flash of the “GOLDEN AGE”(1939 - 1956(?)) but then he disappeared for years. Barry Allen’s “FLASH” was first introduced in Showcase#4 in 1956 heralding the beginning of the “Silver Age”(1956 - 1973(?)). His final appearance in 1986 brought about the end of DC universe via “Crisis of the Infinite Earths”. While in 2011 his actions in “FLASHPOINT” brought the “DC NEW 52”. And yet despite all that up until that point he wasn’t that popular(or at least as he was a couple of decades prior). His former sidekick Wally West(the former Kid Flash) had taken on his role of the FLASH(being the 1st sidekick to fulfill the promise of taking over their mentor’s role). Yet despite that up unto this story took place people were still asking “When is Barry coming back?” as if Wally was just a substitute teacher and Barry was the real one(?).


The origin of how this story came about is retold in the introduction by then writer Mark Waid and editor Brian Augustyn. Mark was about to start his run on the book(issue 62 he would right T”HE FLASH” for almost 100 issues straight) and the only question fans were asking were “When is Barry coming back?” At first they agreed that bringing him back would be a mistake but then they got to thinking: “What if Barry came back and it ended up being the worst thing in the world”? What would his return mean to Wally who while he took the up the Flash mantle still had a lot of growing up to do. He loved his “Uncle Barry” more than being a superhero. He was dealing with “immaturity, self doubt” plus he wasn’t anywhere close to how fast Barry was(the reason why is answered in the story). If Barry comes back will Wally ever “grow up”?

Well (Spoilers)by the end of this story everyone in the DC universe and the readers will consider Wally as “THE FLASH”

The actual beginning of the story begins when Wally and friends are at get together and suddenly Barry Allen walks right through the door saying “Merry Christmas, Everybody!” as if nothing has happened. So yeah there as a bit of a shock for everyone. At first everyone is understandably surprised and happy but then everyone begins to accept that this is indeed Barry since Hal Jordan(Green Lantern) used his ring to verify he is the real deal. Heck even Wally accepts it…however even early on something seemed off about the way Barry was acting. An issue later while teaming up with Barry an event happens that crushes Wally’s spirit and there is a real question on whether or not just will he become the FLASH again but will he even run again?


One of the things I really loved about the DC universe at this time and that is highlighted during this arc is the sense of “Legacy”. In this volume we have the “Golden Age” Flash Jay Garrick but we also have the mostly forgotten Johnny Quick and Max Mercury. They all have different color schemes, personalities how they came upon their abilities. They might be the supporting cast of this book but they don’t ever take a back seat. For the rest of the series and various Flash series since(New 52 not included) they stay around in some capacity and perform support. That’s a major reason why I loved the Justice Society. You have all of these characters from decades ago brought into present day and you find out that they are great characters. It’s like the old saying goes “There aren’t any bad characters just characters written badly”. Heck in this story they help Wally strengthen his resolve so he can finally his potential. It wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

This story also serves as an origin story for a particular villain via retcon. Normally I am uneasy when it comes to retcon’s but a lot of thought and seemingly planning went into this and the resolution of the story is earned.


WRITING: I feel that this is the story arc it that people finally took notice not just of Wally but Mark Waid as well. He nailed nearly every character in the story setting up a solid foundation for other writers to add on to their character(I’m looking at you Geoff Johns!). The only character that got a bit of a shaft was “Linda Park” she doesn’t do much and in the climax she’s there only to be saved. It was impressive how Mark Waid introduced the past “Speedsters” without a ton of exposition and right away you had an good idea about them and their history. Another interesting facet of this story is it’s basically a “mystery tale” done so well you have to read it a second time because the clues are present. 

The best part of the story I feel is it’s a great jumping on for the series. You don’t have to know who the Flash is. You don’t need to have read previous issues. It’s story confined to it’s own single title(without any crossing over to other titles) and by the end there’s major character development with the star character.

Based on how this story read it’s obvious this wasn’t just a job for Mark Waid that he loved the characters and their history during his run on the series. Heck he’s such a comic geek that he know’s SUPERMAN’s Social Security number! (It’s 092-09-6616 by the way (per Action Comics #340)) 


ARTWORK: The art is really good in parts(example the fights) but my suspicion was correct. This is yet another story where multiple artists were used. It’s noticeable about halfway through the story but you’ll eventually get over it. I did see an odd transition with some of the characters but other than that the art flowed well and was in sync with the writing.


Recommendation: Yes 


My history with flash began when I started reading comics in 1990. I started about the time the CBS “FLASH” series(starring John Wesley Shipp). I’d read an issue here and there but couldn’t get into it. I didn’t start reading the FLASH until ironically right after this storyline. Heck I didn’t even know this story existed until years later and I didn’t actually buy and then read it until only a few years ago. Here’s the thing about this story is while it’s called “The Return of Barry Allen” it’s really about Wally West. The sad fact is while Barry is an important character there just isn’t a lot of trades of specific standout stories for him(pre “Crisis of Infinite Earths”). But here are a  couple:


The Trial of the Flash (FLASH issues#’s 323-327, 329-336 & 340-350)

The Life Story of the Flash

FLASH: Rebirth


One final note. From the 1990’s to just a few years ago everyone from comic fans to the “general public” knew about Wally West(due to the Justice League animated show) and either forgot or didn’t know about Barry allen. And now after his “rebirth” in 2009(23 years after his death(?)) the new television show and movie upcoming, it’s Wally who’s fallen into the background.


What a twist.




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I have been a freelance artist for the last 20 years. My main focus has been illustration. I have done various styles: Manga, American comics, Fantasy and Burlesque are a few.
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Thanks so much Diarra! :happy: hug
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