The Flash - Which is Which? My greatest party trick, by far, is my ability to tell the different generations of Flashes apart by simply looking at their costumes. And while it may risk my own popularity among Flash fans, I’ve decided to share the trick to doing this. I usually keep to the most famous four DC heroes who have each called themselves “the fastest man alive”, as even my nerdiest of friends have only a passing interest in the fringe Flash characters. Therefore, I’ll tell you how to tell apart Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West, and Bart Allen. Jay Garrick - Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick is most likely the easiest flash to tell apart from the others. Jay Garrick is the Golden Age Flash, and while the other three dress in red, form fitting, body suits, Jay wears a combination of all three primary colours. The first Flash wears a red long sleeved t-shirt, with a yellow lightning bolt coming up from the waist and extending to his left shoulder. He also wears blue pants and red boots, reminiscent of the God Mercury’s, complete with wings. Finally, the trade mark of Garrick is his silver, dome shaped, brimmed hat, outfitted with its own set of wings. Truthfully, if someone asks you to tell Jay apart from the Flash fleet, the only struggle should be remembering his name. Bart Allen The most unlikely Flash you will be asked to identify is Bart Allen. Bart is the grandson of Barry Allen and the cousin-once-removed of Wally West. Though Bart did have his own stint as the scarlet speedster, he is widely recognized as the least favourite Flash. Even I, who considers Bart my favourite DC character, must admit that Bart fell short as the Flash. Most Flash fans agree that Bart added much more to the Flash family as Impulse or at least Kid Flash. That being said, he can be tricky to identify, as he wears exactly the same costume as his Grandpa Barry. (Seriously, its stated several times that he is just wearing Barry’s costume, not even a replica. Talk … [Read more...]
The FLASH on CW is Doing it Right!
The Flash: Familiar Formula that Works! The CW Network's “The Flash,” which was a spin-off from their “Arrow” series incorporates the superhero formula to the nines, which could have been as disastrous as letting Solomon Grundy handle fine china - but hasn’t been so far. Why the Flash is Getting Rave Reviews One reason for the series initial success is the nonthreatening likability of actor Grant Gustin, who plays the title role of Barry Allen/ The Flash. Barry is a nerd and he is cute (according to my eight-year old daughter) who is transformed by lightning when a particle accelerator explodes and endows him with an amazing supercharged metabolism - allowing him to run faster than the lightening that struck him. This show is great. I love that my entire family can watch it and are thoroughly entertained. I am also not afraid that what is happening on the screen is inappropriate for my kids. The themes and situations presented on other superhero shows like Gotham, Arrow and even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are simply not appropriate for kids under 13. The Flash is obviously a CW production, that is, the style and direction is familiar. Barry, like so many superheroes before him, is an orphan (so to speak). His father sits in prison, convicted for the death of Barry’s mother, who was really killed by some mysterious yellow and orange lightning thingy. Barry is taken in by his parents’ best friend, Central City Det. Joe West (Jesse L. Martin). As a grown man, Barry now works as a crime scene investigator for the cops. He’s also secretly in love with Joe’s daughter, Iris (Candice Patton), but since they have grown up together, as siblings almost, Barry keeps his true feelings for her to himself. Once Barry regains consciousness after being struck by the lightening, and realizes his new super abilities, the particle accelerator inventor, Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) wants to “help” Barry figure out the limits of these powers. Along with his assistants, … [Read more...]