The Flash is one of the most recognizable and popular superheroes of today. From the first comic about the Scarlet Speedster to Ezra Miller's newest portrayal, the Flash is widely known and loved. Why wouldn't he be? The power to run at light speeds attracts everyone. Normal tasks such as brushing your teeth and taking a shower, would be done in an instant. People wouldn't have to sit in heavy, five-hour traffic. It would be more than cool to have this power — it would be epic.
However, speed isn't everything. What makes the #Flash such a beloved character isn't his powers and abilities; it's the man behind the mask that controls those powers. What's a loaded M-16 without a trained marine to pull the trigger? The reason why people love the Flash is because he is a symbol of true heroism. The Flash represents what we should strive to be: good people who use their skills and passions to bring light into others' lives.
This topic is always a controversial one. Who is the greatest Flash of them all? Over the years there have been many characters to carry the mantle of the Flash, including: Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Bart Allen, Wally West, Jesse Chambers and more. However, throughout my years of watching and reading about the Flash, I find that Barry Allen's character tops them all.
Here are my three main reasons why.
3. He Literally Created The Speed Force
To those reading, I know this may not seem like a valid reason as to why Barry is the better Flash, but hear me out. In The Flash: Rebirth #4, it was confirmed by Max Mercury, another speedster, that Barry is the very engine of the Speed Force. Barry is the reason why he and all the other speedsters have their powers. In fact, the thunderbolt that struck Barry, giving him his powers, was actually Barry.
When this was first revealed to longtime fans, it was confusing. Hell, when I first read about this, I was confused too. Many fans were outraged and stumped because they felt that it had no place in the story after Final Crisis. The reason why this makes Barry a superior Flash is because he is responsible for the other Flashes. He is the very thing that makes Wally West, Bart Allen, etc. so fast. Without him creating the Speed Force, none of these guys would have their powers.
If you think about, it sort of makes sense too. What's the one thing that Wally West, Bart Allen and Jay Garrick have in common besides speed? Barry Allen. Wally West is the nephew of Barry, Bart is the grandson of Barry, and Jay was the first speedster Barry met. Barry even introduced the idea of the multiverse to comics when he met Jay. They are all connected by Barry, which makes his character very important.
2. Barry Has Experienced EXTREME Loss
Over the course of Barry's life, he has gone through a great deal of pain and suffering; more than the other speedsters. Because Barry has gone through this, it makes him appreciate life more. There are three main people in Barry's life — his mom (Nora Allen), dad (Henry Allen) and wife (Iris West).
As a kid, Barry's mom (Nora Allen) was killed in front of him by his future nemesis, Professor Zoom. Unfortunately, due to a lack of evidence, police convicted Henry Allen of the crime. Henry Allen also died in prison in the comics. Or, if you want to go by the 2014 CW's Flash series — Henry was killed in front of Barry by Zoom. Iris West also died by the hands of the Reverse Flash.
There is no doubt Barry has suffered. In my opinion, if you go through all of this and you're still running around, you have got a lot of heart. If you have ever gone through the death of a loved one, you know what it's like. Imagine going through it three times. It's terrible and unforgiving. I wouldn't want to wish anything like this upon my worst enemy.
Now, how does this make Barry better than the other Flashes? It makes him know the value of life. Of course Wally, Bart and Jay know that saving people is a good thing and that all life should be protected; however, I think Barry has a lot more respect for life in the world, whether good or bad. In the comics and TV shows, Barry doesn't immediately think about ways to kill the villains. Instead, he thinks of ways to stop them without ending their life.
I'm not saying that the other Flashes don't do the same thing or go through the same thought process, I'm just saying that Barry has a greater respect and understanding of life as a whole and is therefore the person/hero that is most likely to do good.
Again, it's not all about the speed. Sometimes it relies on your moral compass and the decisions you make in response to the things life throws at you. In this case, Barry comes out on top.
1. Barry Allen Makes The Ultimate Sacrifice
Putting your life on the line is one of the bravest things anyone could do. No matter who you are or what you do, making sacrifices is always hard — especially when it involves your life.
To this who don't know about "Crisis on Infinite Earths," let me give you some background.
Anti-Monitor, a powerful being, wants to control the Multiverse. He begins by destroying many of the realities that exist so that he could replace them with his own via an anti-matter cannon. Barry Allen is captured by the Anti-Monitor because he is one of the only people to travel across time and space at will.
The Flash, however, escapes from the Anti-Monitor and disrupts his plan to destroy the other realities and worlds, such as Earth-1. To save the day, Flash runs around the cannon, containing the energy that the weapon produces, thereby destroying it. However, Barry runs so fast that his whole body dissipates, leaving only his costume.
There is much more to this story, but to get into detail would take more than a paragraph. The take-home message is Barry's bravery. Without even giving a second thought, Barry does his job: He saves the people of Earth-1 and the entire multiverse. This represents how unselfish he is and how he is constantly thinking about the others. This is why he is such a good Flash and what makes him an interesting one. Barry rarely think about himself in these types of situations and never hesitates to help people out.
Am I right? Is Barry Allen the superior Flash? Is this the only article you should read about which Flash is best? What do you think? Is it all about speed or skill?
#BarryAllen may not have the skills/speed that other Flashes have, but it's not all about the speed. Barry exemplifies how human beings should act: unselfish, brave and caring. He has even gone through terrible heartache and death, which makes him know the value of life. I think people overlook that stuff.
Nobody thinks of why they look up to their favorite superhero. Most people base their arguments off of strength and speed, which is not always what a superhero is about. So, is Barry Allen the greatest Flash? Comment down below or vote on the poll. Until next time!