As seen in Mark Waid’s Flash stories, the legacy that Jay Garrick began back in 1940 didn’t just get to Bart Allen, but instead stretched into the far future, to the era of the Legion of Super-Heroes and beyond.  That crimson-and-gold timeline features dozens of Flashes, which is why it’s a bit puzzling that DC insists that Barry Allen is the only one who ever mattered.  Fortunately, this week’s DC Rebirth goes a long way to remedy that, bringing back one lightning-bearer and setting the stage for another, leading to today’s high-velocity query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will always vote for the one with the cool silver hat, because hat, asking: Which Flash of the dozens and dozens of Flashes is The Best Flash?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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6 Comments

  1. May 27, 2016 at 11:45 am — Reply

    I grew up with Wally as the “main” flash, so he holds a special place for me. But my absolute favorite is the original, Jay Garrick. I really enjoy the classic JSA roster and similar characters from that era. Without him there wouldn’t be a Flash legacy in the first place.

    Honorable mentions go to Young Justice’s Kid Flash and the current live action Flash for my favorite alternate media incarnations of the characters.

    They may not be the absolute “best”, but they are the best to me.

  2. May 27, 2016 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    JSA Jay Garrick. He’s everything about legacy character done right.

  3. DamienR
    May 27, 2016 at 1:25 pm — Reply

    Fastback.

  4. Jerm
    May 27, 2016 at 7:50 pm — Reply

    As a lover of the early 2000’s JLA/JLU cartoon, Wally is my man.

    This is also why J Stewart is my fav GL.

  5. Jon Arvedon
    May 28, 2016 at 4:33 am — Reply

    I guess I’ll be the one to fess up to the unpopular opinion – I really like Barry Allen.

    • May 30, 2016 at 8:24 am — Reply

      That’s cool. There’s no right or wrong answer to the MS-QOTD. And TV Barry is pretty awesome…

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