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Here’s The Thing, Episode 15: Why’s Mark Waid’s ‘Flash’ Run So Great

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If our weekly Ask Chris column isn’t enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here’s The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he dives into comics history to explain why you’re wrong and he’s right.

This week, a reader wants to know just what the big deal is about Mark Waid’s run on Flash in the ’90s, and, as tends to happen with this sort of things, that simple question sends Chris into a lecture about the history of the DC Universe and the underlying themes, with an argument that Flash is the third most important character in DC History.

Show Notes:

  • A good chunk of Mark Waid’s run on Flash is available digitally through Comixology. Start here to kick off with “The Return of Barry Allen”!
  • If you prefer physical comics, TheReturn of Barry Allen¬†book is currently out of print, but still available to purchase.
  • “The Trial Of The Flash” is an infamously long and dragged out story, but if you want an interesting take on it, check out the archives of Tom Katers’ Tom vs. the Flash, where he went through every single issue of the Silver Age Flash, culminating here.
  • Mark Waid would, of course, go on to continue making great comics, including Fantastic Four with Mike Wieringo, Daredevil with Chris Samnee, Empire with Barry Kitson, and others. Dude has a solid track record.


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