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TJ Burns

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yrani gami

Subj: Re: Starting to read Flash - TPC Recommendations?
Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 11:21:58 pm BST (Viewed 329 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Starting to read Flash - TPC Recommendations?
Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 06:21:31 am BST (Viewed 5 times)

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I would strongly suggest this: start with the Infinite Earths Crisis (Death of Barry Allen) and try to pick up as many Wally as the Flash comics in order as possible. Here's why; the death of Barry and Wally's involvement thereof will set the tone for the 1st half of the entire Wally series. Although some of the Wally stories may seem a little slow at first, you'll find the first few vestiges of what Mark Waid will use to build on to create the modern Flash myth; Speed force, character motivations, romantic relationships, ect. You will eventualy discover that in many ways Jay, Barry, Wally (yes, even Bart)are very odd characters in contrast with the mainstream DC universe stories. For example, without the Flashes, there would be no "Crisis" arcs. If you are new to the Flash mythos then, as Obi Wan said; "You've taken your first steps to a larger world."

I'd actually argue you're better off not reading CRISIS. Barry's death scene is underdone hugely in it, compared to the major death the issue thereafter. A much better take on it is in the Secret Origins trade, if you can find it.

Or you can totally avoid the tpb track and pick up the CRISIS novelization, which, since it's narrated by Barry, gives his sacrifice the attention it deserves, and has an epilogue involving Iris and Impulse that's heart-wrenchingly sweet.


TJB