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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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    Story Found In: The Flash #62-65

    Longtime Flash scribe Mark Waid explores the earliest days of Wally West and his rise to become the fastest man alive. Wally, once known as Kid Flash, had a childhood filled with perils and amazing adventures, but a tragedy that befell his uncle, Barry, pushed him to become the new Flash.

    This story details how Wally's life was forever changed the day Barry died and explores the emotional turmoil and heroic choices Wally was forced to make to take up the mantle of the Flash so he could follow in his uncle's footsteps to become the fastest man alive!

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      Story Found In: The Flash #275-284

      Iris West is one of the most important characters in the Flash's books thanks to her being none other than Barry Allen's wife! She had been around since the beginning of Showcase #4, but when Barry and Iris go to a masquerade party, things turn from bad to worse when they unwittingly take Clive Yorkin along to the party.

      After Barry is drugged and put into an unconscious state, the worst happens, and Iris is killed! While nobody stays dead forever in comics, this was one of the 'big ones' that would have a serious and lasting impact on the Flash for years to come.

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        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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          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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