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The Best The Flash Storylines in Comics  

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There are many superheroes in the DC Universe, but few are as important as the Fastest Man Alive himself, the Flash! Thanks to his introduction in the mid-1950s, the Silver Age Flash kicked off a new era of superheroes, which has continued well into today. The Flash has been a member of the Justice League, and has played a role in some of the DC Universe's most significant stories and crossover events, but with decade after decade of stories piling up into thousands of books, determining which story arc, single issue, comic book, graphic novel, trade paperback, and one-shot is the best is no easy task.

Fortunately, this list is here to help as the 20 best Flash stories ever told have been compiled for you! Check out the stories below, which make up the Flash's most important storylines, comics, story arcs, graphic novels, single issues, and amazing adventures, and make sure you vote up the one you think is the greatest Flash story ever told!

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The Flash: Rebirth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best The Flash Storylines in Comics
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Story Found In: The Flash: Rebirth #1-6

Years ago, Barry Allen ran through the DC Universe as the fastest man alive, but during the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover event, Barry gave his life to save everyone. Now, following several key events in the DC Universe, Barry Allen has returned, but how will he manage to live in the 21st-Century now that everything has changed and his nephew has taken his place?

Fans of the original Flash are sure to enjoy seeing their favorite Scarlet Speedster return to life, but what will happen now that Barry has returned? This brilliant story was written by the team who put together Green Lantern: Rebirth and The Sinestro Corps War, Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver.

Publisher: DC Comics

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The Flash: Blitz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best The Flash Storylines in Comics
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The Flash: Blitz

Story Found In: The Flash #192–200

Wally West is known for being the fastest man alive, but when his hometown of Keystone City is assaulted by his arch nemesis Zoom, otherwise known as the Reverse Flash, his speed is tested. Somehow, Zoom can now move so fast, he can operate without being seen, and it's up to the Flash to stop him in his tracks!

Zoom has been one of the Flash's enemies for years, but whenever he shows up, you know things are going to get serious pretty fast. "Blitz" is a relatively long nine-issue maxi-series from the pages of The Flash #192 to 200, and was written by Geoff Johns. 

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The Flash: Terminal Velocity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best The Flash Storylines in Comics
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The Flash: Terminal Velocity

Story Found In: The Flash #95-100

For years, the Flash knew his powers were augmented by the Speed Force, but it wasn't clear until "Terminal Velocity" that he was also being pulled from reality into another plane of existence! The Flash must confront his humanity as he tries to save the woman he loves from certain death at the hands of a madman, but the Speed Force itself may make his task impossible.

When it comes time to run into action, will the Flash sacrifice himself to the Speed Force, or will he find a way to stop the supervillain Kobra from taking over his beloved Keystone City? "Terminal Velocity" was written by Mark Waid in the pages of The Flash #95-100, and has been collected into a trade paperback you can nab off Amazon by clicking the link above.

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The Flash: The Return of Barry... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best The Flash Storylines in Comics
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The Flash: The Return of Barry Allen

Story Found In: The Flash #74-79

For years, the Flash has been the superhero identity of Wally West, but before he was the Flash, he was Kid Flash to Barry Allen's fastest man alive. Sadly, Barry gave his life during the "Crisis on Infinite Earths," but like most comic book characters who die, they don't stay dead forever, and now, Barry is back!

Wally must contend with the fact that his longtime mentor has returned, but he's not the same man he was before. He is violent and paranoid of everything and everyone around him. Will Wally be able to bring Barry back to being a scarlet speedster, or will Barry remain the poor reflection of what he once was?

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