The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on March 31, 2009

Kicking off Flash month and just in time for Flash: Rebirth. I’m going to start it all off with what this month is all about, Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash. One of the most recognized Flashes around. Barry Allen was a police scientist long before CSI made it cool. He sacrificed his life to save the universe from the Anti-monitor during the original Crisis and returned to help usher in Darkseid’s defeat during Final Crisis just a few months ago. Now, he’s back and the world of the Flash, will never be the same again.

Barry Allen is a police scientist (his job title was changed to a forensic scientist in the Iron Heights one-shot) with a reputation for being very slow, deliberate, and frequently late, which frustrates his fiancee, Iris West. One night, as he is preparing to leave work, a lightning bolt shatters a case full of chemicals and spills them all over Allen. As a result, Allen finds that he can run extremely fast and has matching reflexes. He dons a set of red tights sporting a lightning bolt, dubs himself the Flash (after his childhood comic book hero, Jay Garrick), and becomes Central City’s resident costumed crimefighter.[1] Central City University professor Ira West (Iris’ adoptive father) designed Allen’s uniform and the ring which stores it while Allen is in his civilian identity.[2] The ring can eject the compressed clothing when Allen needs it and suck it back in with the aid of a special gas that shrinks the suit. In addition, Allen invented the cosmic treadmill, a device that allowed for precise time-travel and was used in many stories. Allen was so well liked that nearly all speedsters that come after him are constantly compared to him. Batman once said “Barry is the kind of man that I would’ve hoped to become if my parents hadn’t been murdered”. As presented in Justice League of America #9, when the Earth is infiltrated by alien warriors sent to conquer the planet, some of the world’s greatest heroes join forces — Allen is one of them. While the superheroes individually defeat most of the invaders, they fall prey to a single alien and only by working together are they able to defeat the warrior. Afterwards the heroes decide to found the Justice League of America.
During the years, he is depicted as feeling attracted to Black Canary and Zatanna, but he never pursues a relationship because he feels his real love is Iris West. Allen also becomes good friends with Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), which would later be the subject of the limited series Flash and Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold.
In Flash # 123 – “Flash of Two Worlds,” – Allen is transported to Earth-Two where he meets Jay Garrick, the original Flash in DC Continuity; it is revealed that Jay Garrick’s adventures were captured in comic book form on Earth-One. This storyline initiated DC’s multiverse and was continued in issues of Flash and in team-ups between the Justice League of America of Earth-One and the Justice Society of America of Earth-Two. In the classic story from Flash # 179 – “The Flash – Fact or Fiction?” – Allen is thrown into the universe eventually called Earth Prime, a representation of “our” universe, where he seeks the aid of the Flash comic book’s editor Julius Schwartz to build a cosmic treadmill so that he can return home.

n time, he married his girlfriend Iris, who learned of his double identity because Allen talked in his sleep. She kept his secret, and eventually, he revealed his identity to her of his own free will. Iris was eventually revealed to have been sent as a child from the 30th century and adopted.
In the 1980s, Flash’s life begins to collapse. Iris is murdered by Professor Zoom (a supervillain from the 25th century who had long loved her and been jealous of Allen), and when Allen prepares to marry another woman, Zoom tries the same trick again. Allen stops him, killing Zoom in the process by breaking his neck. Unfortunately, due to Barry being unable to make an appearance at his own wedding, his fiancé eventually descends into madness.
Placed on trial for murder in connection with Zoom’s death, Allen is eventually acquitted, and learns that Iris’s spirit has in fact been taken to the 30th century, where she is given a new body. Following the trial, Allen retires and joins Iris in the 30th century. However, after only a few weeks of happiness, the Crisis on Infinite Earths intervenes, and Allen is captured by the Anti-Monitor and brought to 1986; according to the Anti-Monitor, the Flash was the only being capable of travelling to other universes at will, so the Anti-Monitor couldn’t allow him to stay free. Allen escapes and foils the Anti-Monitor’s plan to destroy the Earth, but dies in the process.[1] It has been said that Allen travels back through time and becomes the very same lightning bolt that gives him his powers, but later it is also strongly implied that the soul of Barry resides in the Speed Force, the mystical source and Valhalla open to all dead speedsters, and from which the living ones draw their amazing powers. After Allen’s death, Wally West, his nephew and sidekick (known as Kid Flash), takes up the mantle of the Flash.

Marv Wolfman, scribe for the Crisis on Infinite Earths, has repeatedly stated (first hinted at in his introduction to the original Crisis collected edition hardcover), then fully explained on his website) that he left a loophole in the script wherein the Barry Allen Flash could be re-introduced, without a retcon, into DC Universe continuity. This loophole would allow a writer to pull Barry out of his desperate run to annihilate the anti-matter cannon. However, Barry would know he must someday finish his death run, and would become more determined to use his speed to help others.
It should also be noted that the way Barry Allen seemed to have “died” in Crisis on Infinite Earths, was that he ran so fast that he was able to stop the Anti-Monitor’s anti-matter cannon from firing by catching the tachyon beam at the heart of the weapon. After this act, according to Secret Origins Annual #2 (1988), Barry Allen turns into a lightning bolt, goes back in time, becoming the lightning bolt that hit his lab, splashing his past-self with chemicals and transforming him into the Flash.
In Deadman: Dead Again, Barry is one of the heroes whose spirit Deadman helps to enter Heaven, and the Green Arrow storyline “Quiver” depicts Barry Allen in Heaven. His spirit, however, seems to still be alive within the speed force, along with Max Mercury and other speedsters.
is is pregnant when Allen dies, and she has two children, the Tornado Twins, who later meet the Legion of Super-Heroes. Each of her children themselves have children. One, Jenni Ognats, grows up to become the Legionnaire XS, while the other, Bart Allen, is born with a rapid-aging illness, and is sent back to the 20th century where he is cured by Wally West. He remains there as the superhero Impulse, later becoming the second Kid Flash as a member of the Teen Titans. One year after the events of Infinite Crisis, Bart becomes the fourth Flash until he is abruptly killed by Inertia and the Rogues in The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #13. Wally then retook the identity of The Flash. Bart is resurrected as Kid Flash in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds.

Due to his time-travel abilities, even death failed to stop Barry from aiding his friends and family.
Barry first reappears during the Chain Lightning arc, where Flashes from different eras join together to defeat Cobalt Blue. Previously, a man that was thought to be Barry Allen, was revealed to be a past version of Professor Zoom, the Reverse Flash, who had been driven mad on a visit to the past and believed himself to be Barry Allen. Cobalt Blue is Barry Allen’s twin brother, who had been given to another couple at birth due to a mistake at the hospital. The resulting battle takes place shortly before Barry Allen is kidnapped during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Barry is nearly killed in this battle, almost rewriting the outcome of the Crisis.
When Wally West, wracked by grief for the loss of his unborn twins at the hands of Zoom, regrets the public knowledge of his identity, Barry comes from somewhere in time, counseling him, and talking the Spectre into granting his wish. He then disappears, telling his nephew that he will come to his aid three times, the three most difficult days of his life. In fact, when Zoom enlists the aid of Professor Zoom to make Wally relive the loss of his beloved twins, Barry is already there, trying to stop his own Reverse Flash. For the second time, he helps Wally to undo the damage dealt by Zoom, also allowing Wally to save his twins, and then he returns to his proper timeline. Barry has come back for a “second” time, to help Wally with the Final Crisis of Mankind. the fourth issue of Infinite Crisis, Barry Allen comes out from the Speed Force, along with Johnny Quick and Max Mercury, to help his grandson Bart to deal with Superboy-Prime, taking the villainous teen with him in the Speed Force. Bart Allen appears wearing Barry Allen’s costume in Tokyo near the end of Infinite Crisis #5 to tell the heroes that Superboy-Prime has escaped the Speed Force. Bart again reappears in Infinite Crisis #7 in Barry Allen’s costume to combat Superboy-Prime once more.
In Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #6 (2006) (with a portion taking place shortly before Infinite Crisis #5) is told how Barry spent four years in an alternate Keystone City along with Max Mercury, Johnny Quick and an alternate Jay Garrick, until he met Bart and Wally West, joining him after the battle against Superboy-Prime. After Superboy escapes, Barry suggests that someone has to absorb the whole Speed Force and cross the dimensional bridge back to Post-Crisis Earth. As Bart volunteers, Barry gives him his suit as a last gift, to keep the Force contained, and stays behind. Wally West didn’t go because of his wife and kids. Bart says he knows Barry would go if he could, but why Barry Allen could not make the journey himself is not stated.

In April 2008, the special DC Universe #0 issue features an unnamed narrator who initially associates himself with “everything”. As the story progresses, he begins to recall his past and association with Justice League members, particularly Hal Jordan and Superman. The lettering in which he speaks to the reader is yellow on backgrounds that are initially black. As the story moves forward, the background slowly begins turning red. In the final pages, the narration boxes feature a yellow lightning bolt. On the final page, the moon appears in front of a red sky, as a yellow lightning bolt strikes diagonally in front of it creating the logo of the Flash. The title of the story is revealed to be “Let There Be Lightning.”
A New York Daily News story released on the same day proclaims that Barry Allen has returned to life, with issue co-writer Geoff Johns stating, “When the greatest evil comes back to the DC Universe, the greatest hero needed to return.”. He appears in proper DC continuity in Final Crisis #2. On the 2nd to last page, Jay Garrick and Wally West feel vibrations to which Jay remarks, “Wally, don’t you recognize those vibrations? It can’t be… Not after all these years… Not after all this time.” On the final page, Barry Allen is seen in hot pursuit of the bullet which kills Orion, outrunning the Black Racer and yelling out to Jay and Wally to “Run!”
During Final Crisis #3, Jay Garrick speaks to Barry’s wife, Iris, and tells her that her husband is truly alive. Meanwhile, Wally and Barry run a few weeks into the future. When they come to rest, Wally asks Barry if it is really him. Lamenting on Orion’s death, which he was unable to stop, Barry wonders why he is now alive after being dead for so long. It is then that Barry and Wally are confronted by Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Catwoman and Giganta, who have all been transformed into the new Female Furies following the release of the Anti-Life Equation.

Despite the fact that this new version of the Female Furies is equipped with the ability to track down speedsters, perceived by Libra and Darkseid as the only obstacle left between them and world domination, Barry’s expertise allows him to overcome their foes and run through the ruined Earth.
Barry stops to see again, and save, his wife Iris, left behind on Earth. Despite Iris now made a slave by the constant broadcast of Anti-Life Equation through the media, Barry Allen attempts to shock her personality back with a deep kiss. While kissing her, the Speed Force sparkles out of his body, enveloping Iris and freeing her. The three are left to fend in a conquered world.
In the seventh and final issue of Final Crisis, Barry and Wally lead the Black Racer to Darkseid, dealing the cosmic tyrant a blow that would facilitate his ultimate defeat. Announced at Comic-Con International 2008, writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver will create a 5-issue mini-series bringing Barry Allen back to a leading role in the DC Universe as the Flash. When asked what Flashes would appear in the series, Johns and Van Sciver said, “All of them.”

There it is thanks to the people at Wiki, everything you wanted to know about Barry Allen but were afraid to ask. I’ll see you in a couple days for the review of Flash: Rebirth.


Mahnke Business – Talking with the New Green Lantern Artist

Posted in blackest night,News by mrread7 on March 30, 2009

As DC’s Green Lantern series heads toward Blackest Night, it’s also heading toward a new regular penciler.

As Newsarama reported, Doug Mahnke will work with writer Geoff Johns on the Green Lantern title during and after this summer’s Blackest Night event.

Mahnke has been working in the comics industry several years, being one of the creators behind The Mask series for Dark Horse Comics in the ’90s. More recently, the artist has been working for DC Comics, providing pencils for projects like Batman and Black Adam: The Dark Age, and helping out with the last two issues of Final Crisis.

While the upcoming “Agent Orange” storyline in Green Lantern is being penciled by Philip Tan, the regular penciler on the series has been Ivan Reis since 2006. Once Blackest Night begins, Reis will become the artist on the eight-issue Blackest Night mini-series that is beginning in July as Mahnke takes over the regular title with issue #43 in July.

Newsarama talked to Mahnke about the new job as Green Lantern penciler and found out that somebody at DC should make sure North Branch, Minn., stays safe from harm.

Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #3, Part 2

Posted in The Podcast,Uncategorized by Podcast on March 28, 2009

Green Lantern Spotlight Episode #3, Part 2 a.k.a. RON FRICKIN’ MARZ!!!

Ron Marz joins us on the podcast as Andrew, Ray, West, Kuhan and I sit down and have a great chat about his work on Green Lantern and the creation of Kyle Rayner. This was a tremendous amount of fun and I think we all learned a ton of things we had no idea about. Coming this summer we hope to welcome Ron back for a second podcast, this time joined by Darryl Banks.

GL Spotlight Album Art

GL Spotlight Album Art

Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #3 part 2

Posted in podcast by mrread7 on March 28, 2009

Ron Marz joins us on the podcast as Andrew, Ray, West, Kuhan and I sit down and have a great chat about his work on Green Lantern and the creation of Kyle Rayner. This was a tremendous amount of fun and I think we all learned a ton of things we had no idea about. Coming this summer we hope to welcome Ron back for a second podcast, this time joined by Darryl Banks.

Justice Lauge of America Still Lacking Direction

Posted in News by mrread7 on March 26, 2009

As I bring Blue Lantern month to an end. I decided to take another look at the current state of Justice League of America. The most recent issue was the team’s status in the aftermath of Final Crisis. Hal Jordan pretty much aid everything wrong with the title in the story. The lack of stopping the big threats or handling the small one before they get big. I’m not sure its basically an apology to the readers or the writer tell us he hasn’t had much of a choice in the manner. It seems to be the plug to James Robinson’s Justice League mini this July. A title I’ve already got reserve. Truth is I’m very unhappy its become a mini series. The story of the Justice League going pro-active after Final Crisis and made up of classic and new members. Screams what the book should be. However, its turning into a mini with while the main title still being the same old same old.
Starbreaker ambushing basically the Jusice League Detroit remix and then getting caught into Blackest Night and the fall out of Trinity later on. Dwayne McDuffie is a very capable and good writer. You can see it in the title. However, he is still having to tie the book into other stories. Icon characters, long drawn out of left over threats from Brad Melterzer’s story lines. That honestly should have been tied up in 4 issues instead of being dragged on for another year. This isn’t Justice League of America, it’s basically JLA: Classified part 2. The main book is going nowhere and the editorial stuff doesn’t seem to bind or doesn’t care. Despite dropping sales and lack of interest now. Really, get a new creative team and direction on this book and cut away from making the book about other writers’ stories. I don’t care how good they are, this series is just not cutting it outside of being an outlet for crossovers and characters that DC just wants to beef up.

Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #3, Part 1

Posted in The Podcast,Uncategorized by Podcast on March 25, 2009

Green Lantern Spotlight Episode #3, Part 1 a.k.a. The episode with so much content, we had to split it in half!

After a few weeks off, Ray, Kuhan, West and I return with Andrew_NDB joining us full time. In part 1 of this podcast, we discuss the Rage of the Red Lanterns story arc. The upcoming Green Lantern movie, artists changes and of course, the cancellation of Power Rangers. We pave the way for our interview with Ron Marz, which was a great time. Beware of explicate language but get ready for a lot of laughs too. With your classic Green Lantern goodness.

GL Spotlight Album Art

GL Spotlight Album Art

Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #3 part 1

Posted in podcast by mrread7 on March 24, 2009

After a few weeks off, Ray, Kuhan, West and I return with Andrew_NDB joining us full time. In part 1 of this podcast, we discuss the Rage of the Red Lanterns story arc. The upcoming Green Lantern movie, artists changes and of course, the cancellation of Power Rangers. We pave the way for our interview with Ron Marz, which was a great time. Beware of explicate language but get ready for a lot of laughs too. With your classic Green Lantern goodness.

DC Comics’ FULL June 2009 Solicitations

Posted in News by mrread7 on March 24, 2009

DC Comics has released their previews for titles for June 2009.

S’more gets illustrated

Posted in artwork,Blue Lantern Corps by mrread7 on March 23, 2009

Artist: Aaron Davis read my story and did an illustration of S’more from my story, Small Hope.

Know the Oath

Posted in Blue Lantern Corps by mrread7 on March 22, 2009

With Blue Lantern month wrapping up this week. I didn’t see it fitting without at least posting the Oath. After all, you are not truly a member of any Corps without the Oath. The oath of the Blue Lantern Corps:

“In fearful day, in raging night,
With strong hearts full our souls ignite,
When all seems lost in the War of Light,
Look to the stars–
For hope burns bright!”

—Ganthet and Sayd, Green Lantern (vol. 4) #36 (December 2008)

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