Why Barry Allen is Awesome

Today I'll be explaining why I think Barry Allen (my 2nd favorite hero) is awesome.

1. He's a Great Guy

Like Superman, Barry Allen is a hero who's a great public icon and has a kind heart. I like vigilantes and anti-heroes, but I also like how Barry's just a straight up hero that everyone loves. He's a great people person and likes to interact and protect the people of Central City. He doesn't just beat up his villains and send 'em to jail. He also genuinely tries to help them. He tries to rehabilitate them and check up on their progress. As proved in "Blackest Night," he has great hope. Barry always has hope in everyone that "all will be well."

2. His Powers

How is that not cool?
Reading library books and building an entire apartment building within a few seconds

The first person most will think of when talking about super speed is The Flash. I like Barry because he's so powerful and his powers are always incredibly entertaining to watch on the panels. By comic book logic, the applications of his super speed is very creative. He gets to phase through objects, turn invisible, create strong winds, travel through time and other dimensions. I'm always in awe of him doing multiple things in under a second.

3. The Flash Family

The Flash family is one of the most lovable "families" in comics. It seems that everyone in the Flash family has a laid-back personality and are approachable people. Notable members include Jay Garrick, Wally West, Bart Allen, Iris West II, Max Mercury, and Jesse Chambers. The most famous one is Wally West. In comics, Wally is probably the most successful successor to an already famous superhero. After Wally took on the role as the Flash, many didn't want Barry to come back. I have to admit, Wally did an admirable job. The Flash family is so well written and includes a couple big names, which adds to how cool Barry Allen is.

4. The Rogues Gallery

Flash has one of the best villains in comics. They're characters that you have to read about in order to understand how good they are. The Rogues are colorful, creative, and interesting villains with codes. Read Rogues Revenge if you want to see how cool they are. Outside of the Rogues, you have Professor Zoom and Gorilla Grodd. Both are great characters, especially Professor Zoom. He is like Flash's Joker. The two have clashed to create some amazing stories, especially Flashpoint.

5. Flashpoint (SPOILERS FOR FLASHPOINT)

This point is about the quality of the story. This point isn't about whether or not the New 52 was a good idea. It's the basis of the story. All Barry wanted to do was save his mom from dying. Because of that, the entire world was basically torn apart. What gave me new perspective on Barry was that he had choose saving the world over his mother. He saved his mom but had to see her disappear once again in order to do what's right. That just struck a chord in me. Throughout history, Barry has made multiple sacrifices in order to save the entire world or even the universe.

6. Origin

Credits goes to @knightfall225 for mentioning this great point only after I published this blog. I agree so much with this. He said:

"Barry's origin is one of my favorites. The whole story about his dad being wrongly convicted of murdering Barry's mom is very sad. Then when Barry gets his powers he uses them because he has a reason to. To make sure all criminals are held accountable for their actions and not letting innocent people get hurt. It kind of adds on to how it doesn't matter how fast Barry runs he will never solve his mothers murder as quickly as he wants to. This is what moved Barry all the way up to my top 10 heroes of all time!!"

Now back to me talking. I totally agree with this. And Barry's origin is even better when you realize that Professor Zoom killed his mother.

7. Iris West

This section is dedicated to Iris West Allen, who is my favorite comic book girlfriend ever. She and Barry make a fantastic couple. She's smart, loyal, and incredibly caring for Barry. And in turn, he loves her. Iris, said to be his "lightning rod," makes him a stronger character. Because of Iris, we get to see him grow, be happy, but also cry and break down. I hope that the New 52 brings Iris back with Barry. I can see that in the story arc of "Reverse," they're slowly bringing them back together. Unlike other comic book relationships, Iris+Barry is a stable relationship that you're always rooting for.

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Posted by Wolverine08

Dope stuff man! I've been thinking about getting into Flash, where do you think I should start?

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Nice blog man and Barry Allen is an awesome hero.

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@shadowswordmaster said:

Nice blog man and Barry Allen is an awesome hero.

Thanks! He is!

@wolverine08 said:

Dope stuff man! I've been thinking about getting into Flash, where do you think I should start?

Thanks! His Volume 3 by Geoff Johns is really really good stuff (especially the first six issues, my absolute favorite Flash story) Of course you can also read his New 52 series, which is good too. Read Flashpoint if you haven't yet. Those are basically the stuff I've started with.

But if you're just talking about the New 52 series and where to start, anywhere is fine. You can start from issue 13 (Gorilla Warfare) and make way into the current arc "Reverse" which is easily the best of the series.

Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

@wolverine08: I would read Flash:Rebirth too and Geoff Johns stuff for pre-new 52.

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Posted by ULTRAstarkiller

Nice Blog lol I know you enjoyed writing this one.

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Posted by jackbensley777

gorilla grodd is awesome but other than that... captain boomerang haha

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Posted by The Stegman

He's my favorite Flash

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Posted by Spideysense44

Not much of a DC fan but learning a lot more about the characters through these blogs good work

Posted by Knightfall225

I admit that at first flash wasnt really one of my favorite Heroes ( he started at like 17 ) on my favorite DC heroes list . But over these laat couple of months I have been buying Flash comics and really enjoying them. The Flash I was first introduced to was Wally in JlU cartoon and i couldnt really see the drive that most DC character have to become heroes. For example batman wanted vengenace after seeing his parents die and Aquaman became King because he was born to be . But Wally just seemed to do it just because he could which isnt really interesting to me. Anyways back to what i said earlier, Barry's origin is one of my favorites. The whole story about his dad being wrongly convicted of murdering Barry's mom is very sad. Then when Barry gets his powers he uses them because he has a reason to. To make sure all criminals are held accountable for their actions and not letting innocent people get hurt. It kind of adds on too how it doesnt matter how fast Barry runs he will never solve his mothers murder as quickly as he wants to.this is what moved Barry all the way up to my top 10 heroes of all time!!

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@spideysense44: Thanks, I appreciate it! The goal of this is to voice why I like these characters, teach others, and convince them to read about them.

Any DC character you wanna learn more about?

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I admit that at first flash wasnt really one of my favorite Heroes ( he started at like 17 ) on my favorite DC heroes list . But over these laat couple of months I have been buying Flash comics and really enjoying them. The Flash I was first introduced to was Wally in JlU cartoon and i couldnt really see the drive that most DC character have to become heroes. For example batman wanted vengenace after seeing his parents die and Aquaman became King because he was born to be . But Wally just seemed to do it just because he could which isnt really interesting to me. Anyways back to what i said earlier, Barry's origin is one of my favorites. The whole story about his dad being wrongly convicted of murdering Barry's mom is very sad. Then when Barry gets his powers he uses them because he has a reason to. To make sure all criminals are held accountable for their actions and not letting innocent people get hurt. It kind of adds on too how it doesnt matter how fast Barry runs he will never solve his mothers murder as quickly as he wants to.this is what moved Barry all the way up to my top 10 heroes of all time!!

wow wow wow yes I agree with you so much. Do you mind if I add the origin part for this blog? The origin's even better if you know who killed his mom

Posted by Knightfall225

Yes it would be great

Posted by The Stegman

@batmannflash: This is how a Flash live action film should start.

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John Constantine.. who is this guy I never heard of him until my bro (Knightfall)brought him up in trinity War I know he is a laid back guy and some kind of sorcerer im interested

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@the_stegman: I agree. I was so happy when I watched this.

@spideysense44: wait the guy two comments above you is your brother?? or are you talking about someone else lol.

Well anyways, Lobo's an interesting character and I haven't read much on him. I have to know more about him to write about him but I'll definitely check him out. Maybe if I grow to like him you'll see an article about him!

And no, you're correct. Lobo was spit out of heaven and hell.

You wanna see Constantine? I do plan on doing him one day. He's awesome

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@batmannflash:

Yea Constantine seems pretty cool and yea LMAO that's him Knightfall the DC fanboy and im all Marvel its ironic since we are twins but yea you were doing most of the characters I wanted to see I just tried to fit in a few lol

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@spideysense44: twins? wow didn't expect that. I personally prefer DC over Marvel, as you can see when you read my blogs but Marvel's good too.

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@batmannflash:

Lol yea i noticed that but even though im a Marvel fan i really respect DC. Batman and Superman started it all really,comics just wouldn't be the same without them.

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Posted by HumanRocket

I enjoyed reading this. I've always liked the flash but only seen him in the animated shows and movies and some comics but really never really dove into them. As many people the flash I've revolved around has been Wally West. But more recently since I really got into comics and exploring all the comics I ran into Barry Allen after watching the flash point paradox and I really liked him he reminded a lot of spiderman one of my other all time fav heroes. Barry's mom was taken away from him and when he got his powers he vowed never to let anyone down who he could help really reminds me so much how Peter really became a dedicated crime fighter. I think now I will start diving into some of the newer flash comics (:

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@humanrocket: Yeah me too. I grew up watching Wally in the JL show, so I liked him more. It wasn't until I read comics, did I like Barry the best. You should definitely read his current series. The current arc is amazing

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I'm really enjoying these lists of yours. Definitely agreed on all points. And I love that you gave Iris her own section. When it comes to Barry, there are a LOT of things to love.

Posted by JLDoom

Oh wow, this is your best blog by far (totally not biased Barry fanboy here :p). But seriously, you absolutely nailed why Barry is awesome. One of my personal reasons as to why Barry is awesome (although this has more to do with the pre-52 DCU) is the sense of legacy you got from hearing about him. Wally, Jay and even other Leaguers like Superman and Batman were always talking about Barry and about all the stuff he inspired, and you always got a sense of wonder when hearing about his adventures. Also, he had one of the best, most heroic deaths ever:

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Edited by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

I agree with every point!

I'm surprised Flash doesn't have his own animated TV show, he has a big supporting cast and rogues gallery as Batman or Superman.

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@batmannflash Who do you think would be a good villain for a Flash movie?

Posted by Deranged Midget

Amazing job with the blog/respect thread!

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Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@batmannflash After Superman and Captain America I'd say Barry is the most inspiring hero, I've always preferred Wally but since Johns latest run with Barry (Pre 52) and the current New 52 series (keeping up in trades) I've completely switched ships and moved over to the Barry fanbase easily one of the best DC characters.

Posted by batmannflash

I agree with every point!

I'm surprised Flash doesn't have his own animated TV show, he has a big supporting cast and rogues gallery as Batman or Superman.

Thanks! And I would say The Rogues, then Reverse Flash would be amazing.

Amazing job with the blog/respect thread!

Thank you!

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@batmannflash said:

@martianmanhunterisbetterthancy said:

I agree with every point!

I'm surprised Flash doesn't have his own animated TV show, he has a big supporting cast and rogues gallery as Batman or Superman.

Thanks! And I would say The Rogues, then Reverse Flash would be amazing.

But in a first movie? Wouldn't the Rogues be a bit much? Maybe starting with Captain Cold, then Rogues, then Reverse Flash?

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Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

@batmannflash: I think he can hold one. I mean Iron Man got one, and he wasn't even as popular as Flash until 2008.

Though with Flash's villains, its hard for them to have a meaningful connection with Flash.

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@batmannflash: I think he can hold one. I mean Iron Man got one, and he wasn't even as popular as Flash until 2008.

Though with Flash's villains, its hard for them to have a meaningful connection with Flash.

I agree with that. Only Reverse Flash has a meaningful connection with the Flash.

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@martianmanhunterisbetterthancy said:

@batmannflash: I think he can hold one. I mean Iron Man got one, and he wasn't even as popular as Flash until 2008.

Though with Flash's villains, its hard for them to have a meaningful connection with Flash.

I agree with that. Only Reverse Flash has a meaningful connection with the Flash.

Well don't forget Cobalt Blue.

But people want to see the Rogues as they are the most well known of Flash's villains. But I don't know how they would work. I think the New 52 was definitely a step in the right direction with them gaining powers.

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@martianmanhunterisbetterthancy: yeah, I would use the New 52 versions of the Rogues. They could start off as bank robbers, but then rise into higher motivations (they've done this in comics). Oh yah Cobalt Blue. They could use him, but he's not as well known

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Flash is easily one of my favorite heroes ever and, like you said, it's because he's a REAL (as real as you can get) hero. He's what a Superhero should be, completely selfless and good hearted. I like Barry a lot but I will admit I have a soft spot for Wally because he is who I grew up with. And as much as I really enjoy Barry and his stories, I can't help but feel a little upset every time I read a Flash book now because they ditched Wally for Barry. Nonetheless, great blog, I enjoyed it.

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Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

@martianmanhunterisbetterthancy: yeah, I would use the New 52 versions of the Rogues. They could start off as bank robbers, but then rise into higher motivations (they've done this in comics). Oh yah Cobalt Blue. They could use him, but he's not as well known

But what higher motivations?

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@martianmanhunterisbetterthancy: they could get tired of Flash stopping them so they have some elaborate plan to get rid of him once and for all. I know it goes against their plan of "never kill a speedster," but it would be the plan to make them succeed in the movie

Posted by IrishX

Just made a topic yesterday about how The Flash is a series I've been wanting to get into for a while but just haven't pulled the trigger on yet. Next time I make an order I'm going to get Rebirth and go from there.

I thought this was good. Kept it short enough and didn't post a big block of text too.

Posted by RustyRoy

@batmannflash: Awesome blog man, this one is your best blog so far IMO, btw what will you do next?

Posted by batmannflash

@rustyroy: Thanks man! I'm not sure. I haven't done one in a long time because I'm incredibly busy.

Posted by Jimmie_Hudson_

good job as always. unfortunately though, this thread did not convince me that barry > wally but at least now barry gained some respect from me.

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Posted by sinestro_GL

#1 takes it for me.

I see Barry as a lot more human than even Clark

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