Linda Park (comics)
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|First appearance||Flash (vol. 2) #28 (July 1989)|
|Created by||William Messner-Loebs|
|Full name||Linda Jasmine Park-West|
Linda Park first appeared in Flash vol. 2 #28 and was created by William Messner-Loebs.
Fictional character biography
Linda Park is a Korean-American television reporter for Keystone City and regularly deals with Flash, whom she does not like. During their initial meeting she constantly hounds Flash about the recent thousands of dollars of property damage caused by his battle with the Porcupine Man. Despite this, Linda and Wally became friends on her first job for Keystone City’s KFMB Channel 4, when they team up to investigate the Celestial Enlightenment Ranch, a spiritual-retreat scam. After Wally helps Linda deal with her apparent possession by the spirit of an 800-year-old Irish bard named Seamus O’Relkig, they become close and soon begin dating. Flash's love for Linda has brought him back many times from the Speed Force. After many obstacles—such as Wally nearly being killed by the Black Flash and Linda being abducted and all memory of her erased by Abra Kadabra (the last requiring the aid of an alternate version of Wally to return home and convince Kadabra to reverse the spell)—they marry.
She eventually became one of the hosts of the television program The Scene, which is similar to the (real life) program The View. Her co-hosts included Vicki Vale, Tawny Young, and Lia Briggs. Two episodes were shown in which they interviewed Wonder Woman on her career, which was shown in that title comic. Shortly after the Wests moved into a new apartment after their old house was destroyed by Magneta, Linda left her journalism career, her relationship with Wally having made her unable to reconcile the public’s right to know against the superheroes’ chance to resolve a situation before people started to panic, instead studying medicine with the intent of becoming a pediatrician.
Linda soon became pregnant with twins, but during the early months of her pregnancy she was attacked by Zoom, which caused her to miscarry the twins. After Zoom was defeated, Wally asked the Spectre (whose host at the time was Wally's longtime friend Hal Jordan) to remove the Flash's identity from everyone, but Jordan's increasing lack of control of the Spectre meant that even Wally and Linda forgot who the Flash was. After she remembered, Linda left to rethink her life. She returned to Wally after taking some time away. A later battle between Zoom and Flash spontaneously restored her pregnancy when Zoom and the Flash travelled back in time to their original battle, Zoom unintentionally taking the brunt of the sonic boom generated by his past self and thus protecting Linda from the worst of the attack, and she gave birth to the twins upon Wally's return to the future.
In Infinite Crisis #4, a battle with Superboy-Prime caused Wally to disappear. He appeared in front of Linda, telling her he is disappearing. Holding the twins, Linda kissed Wally as they disappeared. It was later revealed by Bart Allen, returned by the Speed Force, that Linda is still alive, albeit in an alternate reality living in its version of Keystone City where time flows apparently faster (as shown by Bart reappearing in IC #5, where from his point of view, four years had passed). There, she is raising her twins with her husband.
Recently, seven members of the Pre-Crisis Legion of Super-Heroes were discovered in the 21st Century by the Justice League of America. The seven Legionaries were sent back in time on a secret mission, in which they were to use seven lightning rods, which would be struck by lightning, killing one member and resurrecting another. The Legion was successful in their mission, and surprisingly all seven Legionaries survived. However, there was an unexpected bonus. Wally, Linda, and the twins managed to 'ride' the lightning bolt and return to their homeworld, alive and well. In All Flash #1, the names of the West twins are revealed to be Iris and Jai.
In The Flash #231, it is revealed that, from three months into their "exile", the West family had been living on an alien planet that had previously been saved by the Flash. Linda has extended her medical knowledge with the advanced science of the aliens, thereby gaining the skills necessary to stabilize the speed-related powers of their children.
Following the events of Flashpoint, Wally and Linda's relationship is erased from existence as the 'original' Wally West is replaced by a younger, biracial version of himself. However, during DC Rebirth, the 'original' Wally (revealed to be the new Wally's older cousin) returns in his Kid Flash uniform, having been trapped in the Speed Force since Flashpoint until Darkseid's demise disrupted reality enough to allow Wally to escape. He attempts to reach out to his old friends and allies, reaching out to Linda after seeing her attempting to get an interview about the death of the New 52's Superman Linda stating that she is a reporter for a news site trying to make a reputation to support her mother and pay off her student loans but his effort to contact Linda fails and disrupts his existence further, as this Linda has no recollection of him. After he is restored to reality following his meeting with Barry, Wally initially decides not to make contact with Linda until he knows more about their enemy, but after he restores the memories of the original Titans, they suggest he talk with Linda.
- In Lord Havok and the Extremists #3, a version of Linda with the powers of the Flash is shown to be a member of Monarch's army.
In other media
- Linda Park makes a brief appearance in the pilot of The Flash 1990s live-action series, played by Mariko Tse. She was seen asking the Central City police department about their response in dealing with the recent gang attacks. This version of Linda had no relationship with the Flash (Barry Allen) or Wally West since he never appeared, and Linda seemed to be far older than her comic counterpart.
- Linda Park appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Flash and Substance," voiced by Kim Mai Guest. She appears as a reporter covering the opening of the Flash Museum. Although she tries to hide it, she has a serious crush on the Flash (a character trait that contrasts with the comic book version).
- Linda Park is merely a Central City news reporter in Arrow and the pilot episode of The Flash, played by Olivia Cheng. Linda later becomes a recurring character in The Flash, played by Malese Jow:
- She first appears in episode 12, "Crazy For You", when she meets Barry at a bar and gives him her phone number. Linda and Barry Allen date briefly, but she becomes aware of his feelings for Iris and tries to end the relationship. Barry convinces her that he no longer has feelings for Iris, but he later breaks off the relationship when he believes that Iris reciprocates his feelings.
- Linda appears in season 2 episode "The Fury of Firestorm", congratulating Iris on her front-page story. She is later targeted by her Earth-2 counterpart, Dr. Light, who is a super-powered thief on Earth-2, that was sent by Zoom to kill the Flash. The villainess wants to assume her identity to escape Zoom's control (given that Dr. Light was coerced into helping him), so Earth-2 Linda tries to kill the Earth-1 Linda, but her plan fails. She is defeated by the Flash, but escapes captivity without her costume. The Flash convinces the Earth-1 Linda to wear the Dr. Light costume to help trap Zoom, revealing his identity as a show of his confidence in her. The plan fails, and Zoom kidnaps Linda to challenge Barry. Afterwards, Linda moves to Coast City.
- In a series of children's novels based on the Justice League animated series, Linda Park appears in Red Justice by Michael Teitelbaum. She has a date with Wally West which ends badly because of his inability to concentrate.
- Linda reappears in #38 of Justice League Adventures, where she manages to ask The Flash out on a date, while acknowledging his obliviousness of her feelings earlier. Linda also features in Adventures in the DC Universe, playing a significant role in several issues.
- Jimenez, Phil (2008), "The Flash", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 124–127, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
- Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #170 (July 2001)
- Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #188 (March 2003)
- Flash (vol. 2) #225 (October 2005)
- Final Crisis #3-7 (September 2008-March 2009)
- DC Universe: Rebirth one-shot (May 2016)
- "New The Flash Promo Reveals Doctor Light's Identity". Retrieved 30 October 2015.