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

13 hours ago
By Lauren Gallaway

In tonight's episode of "The Flash" Zoom returns to Central City and Barry must decide if he's going to let Wells recreate the accelerator explosion.

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

Tue, April 26th
By Lauren Gallaway

On tonight's episode of "The Flash," Barry confronted a meta human without his speed, Dr. Wells tracked down Jesse, and Caitlin met Killer Frost.

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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

WATCH: Harrison Wells Asks Joe West to Change Barry's Mind in New "The Flash" Scene

Mon, April 18th
By Lauren Gallaway

Mezco's Flash Figure Will (Speed) Force You to Open Your Wallet

Fri, April 15th
By Kevin Melrose

"The Flash's" Teddy Sears Promises 'Satisfying' Masked Man Reveal in Season Finale

Wed, April 13th
By Lauren Gallaway

Panabaker, Lonsdale & Amell Share Their Secrets and Wishes For Team "Flash"

Tue, April 12th
By George A. Tramountanas

"Arrow's" Katie Cassidy to Guest Star on "The Flash" and "Vixen"

Mon, April 4th
By Lauren Gallaway

Vote for the Final Four in CSBG'S DC/Marvel TV Superhero Tourney!

Fri, April 1st
By Brian Cronin

"The Flash" Releases "Versus Zoom" Synopsis

Fri, April 1st
By Stephen Gerding

Kevin Smith Teases Jason Mewes' Villainous "Flash" Cameo with New Photo

Wed, March 30th
By Stephen Gerding

New, Spoiler-Filled "Flash" Teaser Reveals the True Origin of Zoom

Wed, March 30th
By Stephen Gerding

"The Flash" Recap: Barry Summons Ghosts in "Flash Back"

Tue, March 29th
By Lauren Gallaway

EXCLUSIVE: It's Flash vs Flash In a Fast-Moving Scene from "Flash Back"

Tue, March 29th
By CBR News Team

WATCH: Supergirl, Flash Meet for the First Time, Battle Silver Banshee, Livewire

Tue, March 29th
By Stephen Gerding

Earth-"Supergirl" Barry Allen Doppleganger May Exist, Says Berlanti

Fri, March 25th
By Stephen Gerding

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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