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"DC Universe: Rebirth" and the Apology Across Time & Space

Yesterday
By Joseph Phillip Illidge

"DC Universe: Rebirth" sent shockwaves through the comic book landscape and Joseph Illidge discusses the book's ultimate statement.

How "DC Universe: Rebirth" Fulfills Its Promise of Restoring Legacy to DC Comics

Yesterday
By Albert Ching

Geoff Johns stressed all along that the return of "legacy" was a major priority for DC Comics, and the "DC Universe: Rebirth" one-shot proves it.

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LOOK: "DC Universe: Rebirth's" Big Return Debuts New Costume

2 days ago
By Meagan Damore

"The Flash" Recap: Barry Makes a Decision That Could Change the Series Forever

3 days ago
By Lauren Gallaway

"The Flash" Finale is "Definitely Going to Shock" Fans, Panabaker Promises

3 days ago
By Bryan Cairns

Will "The Flash's" Season Finale Send [Spoilers] To Prison?

3 days ago
By Meagan Damore

DC Comics Debuts "Rebirth" Page, "Titans" Cover Featuring [Spoiler]

Mon, May 23rd
By Anthony Couto

EXCL. PREVIEW: "The Flash" #52 Needs Unlikely Allies to Overcome Riddler

Mon, May 23rd
By CBR News Team

Tom Cavanagh Wishes Snyder Considered Grant Gustin for DC Films' "Flash"

Thu, May 19th
By Anthony Couto

"The Flash" Recap: "Arrow's" Katie Cassidy Debuts as Earth-2's Black Siren

Tue, May 17th
By Lauren Gallaway

"Flash" Writer Williamson Wants to Use 'Every Piece of the Mythology' for Rebirth

Thu, May 12th
By Jeffrey Renaud

"The Flash" Recap: Barry Becomes One with the Speedforce in "The Runaway Dinosaur"

Tue, May 10th
By Lauren Gallaway

Kevin Smith Taps Into The Speed Force For His "Flash" Episode

Tue, May 10th
By Bryan Cairns

"The Flash" Recap: Barry and Wells Go Full "Flashpoint" to Recreate the Speedforce

Tue, May 3rd
By Lauren Gallaway

"The Flash" Recap: Barry is Still a Hero, Even Without His Speed

Tue, April 26th
By Lauren Gallaway

A Familiar Rogue Pops Up in Latest "Flash" Webisode

Tue, April 26th
By Stephen Gerding

"The Flash's" Latest Metahuman Introduces Himself in New Clip

Tue, April 26th
By Stephen Gerding

"The Flash's" Violett Beane Is Ready to Hit the Fast Lane as Jesse Quick

Tue, April 26th
By Bryan Cairns

DC FILMS RUMORS: "Green Lantern Corps" Enlists Kyle Rayner; "The Flash" Casting These 5 Characters

Fri, April 22nd
By Anthony Couto

"The Flash" Recap: Zoom's Dark Backstory is Revealed in "Versus Zoom"

Tue, April 19th
By Lauren Gallaway

Biography

Flash

In recent years, the Flash has become an even larger star in the DC Comics firmament – no small feat for someone who was already considered one of the top five characters in DC's roster. In the hands of writer Geoff Johns, the character - specifically, the Barry Allen incarnation - has experienced a second wind as seen in the recent "Flash: Rebirth" miniseries and the newly relaunched ongoing series that carries his name as well as a live action movie reportedly being developed.

The Flash first raced into comics pages in 1940 with his own series, "Flash Comics," and the distinction of being the first super-speeder in comics history. Writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert conceived the scarlet speedster as Jay Garrick, a college student who received his powers from an accidental exposure to toxic vapors. This first iteration of the Flash wore a winged helmet reminiscent of the Greek god Hermes, and though later incarnations of the Flash carried a more streamlined superhero suit, Garrick's story and outfit set the tone for what was to come.

With the dawn of the Silver Age of comics in the mid-1950s, DC Comics saw in the Flash a chance to break new ground in the superhero genre. In the publisher's subsequent relaunch of the character, a police forensic scientist named Barry Allen gains the powers of super-speed, having been doused with chemicals after they were struck by lightning. Allen, a comics reader himself who read the original 1940s "Flash Comics" in his youth, takes up the name Flash for his own adventures in this new age of comics. The publisher soon realized that in the case of the Flash, lightning can strike twice, and the successful relaunch of the character pushed the publisher to revive several other Golden Age characters and to formulate a new team of superheroes called the Justice League of America.

Over the course of the character's history, the Flash has proven to be one of comics most viable concepts, giving rise to numerous variations as well as different men underneath the red and yellow mask. Barry Allen acquired a junior associates named Kid Flash, who eventually took up the mantle upon Allen's heroic death during DC's epic "Crisis on Infinite Earths" maxiseries from the mid 1980s. Since then, an informal Flash family has developed in the DC Universe, comprised of several heroes operating under the moniker of the Flash, as well as associated heroes such as Kid Flash, Impulse, Jesse Quick and even a Flash from the 27th century named John Fox. Their powers all stem from their connection to a extradimensional energy called the Speed Force, which fuels their power and acts as a highway for even more mind-bending antics including time travel or even returning from the dead. - Chris Arrant

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