The Flash (comic book)

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The Flash
Cover of The Flash #105 (Feb–Mar 1959), the first number of the series. Art by Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
Schedule
FormatOngoing series
Genre
Publication date
No. of issues
Main character(s)(vol. 1, 3, 4, and 5)
Flash (Barry Allen)
(vol. 2)
Flash (Wally West)
Creative team
Created byJohn Broome
Carmine Infantino
Written by
Penciller(s)
Inker(s)

The Flash is an ongoing American comic book series featuring the DC Comics superhero of the same name. Since 2010, the series focuses on Barry Allen, the second Flash, who was the original focus from 1959 to 1985. Prior to Barry's return, the series depicted the adventures of Wally West, the third Flash, from 1987 to 2006 and 2007 to 2008. The series began at issue #105, picking up its issue numbering from the anthology series Flash Comics which had featured original Flash Jay Garrick.

Although the Flash is a mainstay in the DC Comics stable, the series has been canceled and restarted several times. The first volume, starring Barry Allen, was canceled at issue #350 prior to the character's death in Crisis on Infinite Earths. A new series began in June 1987 with a new issue #1, starring Wally West as the new Flash. The second volume was briefly canceled in 2006 at issue #230 in the wake of the Infinite Crisis event in which Wally disappeared, and was replaced by a new series titled The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive starring Bart Allen as the fourth Flash. The following year, The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive was canceled and The Flash was revived with issue #231 once again starring Wally; however, this volume was ultimately canceled permanently in 2008 at issue #247. Following Barry's resurrection in Final Crisis and return to being the primary Flash in The Flash: Rebirth, a third volume starring Barry debuted in 2010. A fourth volume was later launched in 2011 as part of The New 52 continuity reboot. A fifth volume was launched in 2016 as part of DC Rebirth line-wide relaunch; after 88 issues, the series reverted to original numbering by adding together all issues of The Flash from each volume, beginning with issue #750.

Publication history[edit]

Volume 1 (1959–1985)[edit]

Volume 1 starred Barry Allen as the Flash and the series assumed the numbering of the original Flash Comics with issue #105 (March 1959) written by John Broome and drawn by Carmine Infantino.[2] Comics historian Les Daniels noted that "The Flash" was a streamlined, modernized version of much that had gone before, but done with such care and flair that the character seemed new to a new generation of fans.[3] The Broome and Infantino collaboration saw the introduction of several supervillains many of whom became part of the Rogues. The Mirror Master first appeared in issue #105[2] and the following issue saw the debuts of Gorilla Grodd and the Pied Piper.[4] Captain Boomerang first challenged the Flash in issue #117 (December 1960)[5] and the 64th century villain Abra Kadabra was introduced in issue #128 (May 1962).[6] Another villain from the future, Professor Zoom first appeared in issue #139 (September 1963).[7]

Kid Flash and the Elongated Man were respectively introduced in issues #110 and 112 as allies of the Flash.[8] One of the most notable issues of this era was issue #123 (September 1961), which featured the story titled "Flash of Two Worlds".[9] In it, Allen meets his inspiration Jay Garrick, after accidentally being transported to a parallel universe where Garrick existed. In this previous continuity, Garrick and the other characters of the Golden Age only existed as comics characters in the mainline shared universe.[10] This brought about a new concept in the formative stage of what would become the DC Universe, and gave birth to the current conceptualization featuring it as a multiverse.[9]

Barry Allen married his longtime love interest Iris West in issue #165 (November 1966).[11] Infantino's last issue was #174 (November 1967) and the next issue saw Ross Andru become the new artist of the series as well as featuring the second race between the Flash and Superman, two characters known for their super-speed powers.[12]

The series presented metafictional stories featuring comics creators appearing within the Flash's adventures such as the "Flash — Fact Or Fiction" in issue #179 in which the Flash finds himself on "Earth Prime". He contacts the "one man on Earth who might believe his fantastic story and give him the money he needs. The editor of that Flash comic mag !" Julius Schwartz helps the Flash build a cosmic treadmill so that he can return home.[13] Several years later, the series' longtime writer Cary Bates wrote himself into the story in issue #228.[14] Four months after the cancellation of his own title, Green Lantern began a backup feature in The Flash #217 (Aug.-Sept. 1972) and appeared in most issues through The Flash #246 (Jan. 1977) until his own solo series was revived.[15] Schwartz, who had edited the title since 1959, left the series as of issue #269 (January 1979).[16]

Bates wrote The Flash #275 (July 1979) wherein the title character's wife, Iris West Allen was killed.[17] Don Heck became the artist of the series with issue #280 (Dec. 1979) and drew it until #295 (March 1981).[18] The Flash #300 (Aug. 1981) was in the Dollar Comics format and featured a story by Bates and Infantino.[19] Doctor Fate was featured in a series of back-up stories in The Flash from #306 (Feb. 1982) to #313 (Sept. 1982) written by Martin Pasko and Steve Gerber and drawn by Keith Giffen.[20] A major shakeup occurred in the title in the mid-1980s. The Flash inadvertently kills his wife's murderer, the Reverse-Flash, in The Flash #324 (Aug. 1983).[21] This led to an extended storyline titled "The Trial of the Flash" in which the hero must face the repercussions of his actions. Bates became the editor as well as the writer of The Flash title during this time and oversaw it until its cancellation in 1985.[22] "The Trial of the Flash" was collected in a volume of the Showcase Presents series in 2011.[23]

Shortly before Barry Allen's death in Crisis on Infinite Earths, the series was cancelled with issue #350 (October 1985). In the final issue of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wally West, previously known as Allen's sidekick Kid Flash, stated his intent to take up his uncle's mantle as the Flash.[24]

Volume 2 (1987–2006, 2007–2008)[edit]

Featuring Wally West as the main character, the second volume was launched by writer Mike Baron and artist Jackson Guice in June 1987.[25] The second volume originally went in a different direction from the series starring Barry Allen by making Wally West a public figure with no secret identity, as well as making him more flawed: this Flash could not constantly maintain his super-speed because of his hypermetabolism, and would consume gargantuan amounts of food in order to continue operating at top speed. This metabolic limitation would later be continued into Barry Allen's character for the brief television series The Flash broadcast in 1990–91, as well as The Flash series which debuted in 2014, though to a lesser degree.

From issue #15 (August 1988) the series was taken over by writer William Messner-Loebs and artist Greg LaRocque. The new creative team introduced many aspects to the series that would become mainstays of the character Wally West, including inventing his love interest and eventual wife Linda Park, moving him from New York to Jay Garrick's hometown of Keystone City, and reintroducing the Pied Piper (a former foe of Barry Allen) as an ally whose positive influence helps Wally become more responsible and altruistic. Messner-Loebs left the title at issue #61 (April 1992).

Mark Waid began his tenure on the title with issue #62 (May 1992); LaRocque departed the title with issue #79 (August 1993) and was replaced by Mike Wieringo. To help take Wally out of Barry and Jay's shadows, Waid made him much more powerful than either of his predecessors by introducing an extradimensional energy source referred to as the "Speed Force", through which he could channel near-limitless energy; the Speed Force has since become a cornerstone of Flash mythology. More emphasis was also placed upon the legacy of speedsters throughout DC history: Jay Garrick was reintroduced as a supporting character as of issue #73 (February 1993); former Quality Comics character Quicksilver was reinvented as the elder mentor character Max Mercury in issue #76 (May 1993); Barry Allen's future grandson Bart Allen, soon to become the speedster hero Impulse, was introduced in issue #92 (July 1994).[26] Brian Augustyn became co-writer with Waid from issue #118 (October 1996) to the end of his tenure. For a period of one year, over issues #130-141 (October 1997 – September 1998), Waid and Augustyn stepped away from the series and were replaced by co-writers Mark Millar and Grant Morrison. Wally West married Linda Park in issue #159 (April 2000),[27] Waid and Augustyn's last regular issue on the title.

When writer Geoff Johns stepped aboard with issue #164 (September 2000), he refocused the character on some aspects of tales starring Barry Allen from the Silver Age of Comic Books by putting more focus on the Rogues, some of which were new incarnations of old characters, and spending single issues on building their psychology.[28][29] Johns created Zoom, the third of the Reverse-Flashes. He also fleshed out the environmental character of Keystone City in an attempt to make it unique in comparison to other fictional DC cities such as Metropolis or Gotham City,[30] while also reintroducing Barry's hometown of Central City and having Wally split his time near-equally between the two locations. Following issue #200 (September 2003), Wally's secret identity was restored. Johns ended his run with issue #225 (October 2005).

In the wake of Wally West's disappearance in Infinite Crisis, DC canceled The Flash vol. 2 with issue #230 (March 2006) in favor of a new series launched as part of the "One Year Later" event, starring Bart Allen as the Flash. The new series, titled The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive, ran only 13 issues and ended with Bart's death.[31] The Flash vol. 2 resumed with issue #231 (October 2007), with the return of Wally West as the Flash. Mark Waid was brought back as writer but departed after six issues, after which the series brought in new writers for each new story arc. The series was canceled again at issue #247 in late 2008 with the return of Barry Allen in the event series Final Crisis.[32][33]

Volume 3 (2010–2011)[edit]

Variant incentive cover for The Flash vol. 3, #1 (June 2010).
Art by Tony Harris.

Spinning out of Final Crisis, writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver created The Flash: Rebirth, a 6-issue mini-series bringing Barry Allen back to a leading role in the DC Universe as the primary Flash.[34][35] Barry Allen is also an integral character in the crossover event Blackest Night, and had a self-titled limited series tying into the main event.[36] In 2010, DC Comics announced that after the completion of The Flash: Rebirth and Blackest Night, Geoff Johns would return to writing a new Flash ongoing series with artist Francis Manapul.[37] In January 2010, DC Comics announced that the series' opening arc would be launched under the banner of Brightest Day, a line-wide aftermath story to the crossover "Blackest Night".[38] In April 2010, DC released The Flash: Secret Files and Origins 2010 one-shot, setting the stage for the status quo of the new series. It was followed one week later with the release of The Flash vol. 3 #1. On June 1, 2011, it was announced that all series taking place within the shared DC Universe would be either canceled or relaunched with new #1 issues, after a new continuity was created in the wake of the Flashpoint event. The Flash was no exception, and the first issue of the new series was released in September 2011.

Volume 4 (2011–2016)[edit]

In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, DC Comics relaunched The Flash with issue #1, with writing and art handled by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato.[39] As with all of the titles associated with the DC relaunch, Barry Allen appears to be about five years younger than the previous incarnation of the character. Superheroes at large have appeared only in the past five years, and are viewed with at best, suspicion, and at worst, outright hostility. In this new continuity, Barry's marriage to Iris West never took place, and he is instead in a relationship with longtime co-worker Patty Spivot. In this new series, the Flash draws deeper into the Speed Force, enhancing his mental abilities while still trying to get a full grasp on his powers, which he doesn't yet exert total control over.

As revealed in issue #0 of this series, Barry Allen's father was placed in prison for the murder of his mother. While the evidence seems to indicate his father's guilt, Barry makes proving his father's innocence a priority. The murder occurred shortly after Barry returned victorious from a school spelling bee, and Barry placed the trophy he won on his mother's grave in her memory. Barry is also part of the main cast of the relaunched Justice League series, making his debut in the series' second issue.

Writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen and artist Brett Booth became the new creative team on The Flash as of issue #30 (June 2014).[40]

Volume 5 (2016–present)[edit]

The line-wide relaunch DC Rebirth saw the beginning of the tenure of writer Joshua Williamson, beginning with the one-shot The Flash: Rebirth vol. 2 #1 (August 2016) and continuing from The Flash vol. 5 #1 (August 2016) on a twice-monthly schedule. This volume once again starred Barry Allen, carrying over from the New 52 volume, but also featuring various other speedsters as supporting characters including Wally West (revealed to have been lost in the Speed Force and erased from everyone's memories), the New 52 character Wallace West (retconned as a separate character with the same name, rather than a new incarnation of the original) as the new Kid Flash, Avery Ho as the Flash of China, and new antagonist Godspeed. The crossover event "The Button", central to the over-arcing DC Rebirth story and setting up the event miniseries Doomsday Clock, ran through issues #21-22 (June–July 2017).

After issue #88 (April 2020), numbering on The Flash was reset to add together all issue counts from volumes 1–5, beginning with an oversized celebratory issue #750 (May 2020). However, the series continued otherwise uninterrupted. Williamson was ultimately the longest-serving writer to stay on a given title from the beginning of DC Rebirth, concluding his run of 101 regular issues on the title with #762 (September 2020).

Collected editions[edit]

The Flash Archives[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
Flash Archives Volume 1 Flash Comics #104, Showcase #4, #8, #13–14, The Flash vol. 1 #105–108 224 June 12, 1996 978-1-56389-139-7[41]
Flash Archives Volume 2 The Flash vol. 1 #109–116 224 March 22, 2000 978-1-56389-606-4[42]
Flash Archives Volume 3 The Flash vol. 1 #117–124 224 January 30, 2002 978-1-56389-799-3[43]
Flash Archives Volume 4 The Flash vol. 1 #125–132 216 April 26, 2006 978-1-4012-0771-7[44]
Flash Archives Volume 5 The Flash vol. 1 #133–141 248 March 25, 2009 1-4012-2151-3[45]
Flash Archives Volume 6 The Flash vol. 1 #142–150 240 August 1, 2012 978-1-4012-3514-7[46]

The Flash Chronicles[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
The Flash Chronicles Volume 1 Showcase #4, 8, 13–14, The Flash vol. 1 #105–106 160 September 23, 2009 978-1-4012-2471-4[47]
The Flash Chronicles Volume 2 The Flash vol. 1 #107–112 160 September 29, 2010 978-1-4012-2884-2[48]
The Flash Chronicles Volume 3 The Flash vol. 1 #113–118 160 August 8, 2012 978-1-4012-3490-4[49]
The Flash Chronicles Volume 4 The Flash vol. 1 #119–124 160 April 10, 2013 978-1-4012-3831-5[50]

Showcase Presents: The Flash[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
Showcase Presents: The Flash Volume 1 Flash Comics #104, Showcase #4, 8, 13–14, The Flash vol. 1 #105–119 512 May 16, 2007 1-4012-1327-8[51]
Showcase Presents: The Flash Volume 2 The Flash vol. 1 #120–140 552 June 18, 2008 1-4012-1805-9[52]
Showcase Presents: The Flash Volume 3 The Flash vol. 1 #141–161 520 August 12, 2009 978-1-4012-2297-0[53]
Showcase Presents: The Flash Volume 4 The Flash vol. 1 #162–184 528 October 24, 2012 1-4012-3679-0[54]
Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash The Flash vol. 1 #323–327, 329–336, 340–350 592 August 10, 2011 1-4012-3182-9[55]

The Flash Vol. 1 (1959–1985)[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
The Flash: The Silver Age Vol. 1 Showcase #4, 8, 13–14, The Flash vol. 1 #105–116 424 June 15, 2016 978-1401261108
The Flash: The Silver Age Vol. 2 The Flash vol. 1 #117–132 424 September 27, 2017 978-1401270889
The Flash: The Silver Age Vol. 3 The Flash vol. 1 #133–147 400 April 4, 2018 978-1401278267
The Flash: The Silver Age Vol. 4 The Flash vol. 1 #148–163 384 March 12, 2019 978-1401288235
The Flash Omnibus Vol. 1 Showcase #4, 8, 13–14, The Flash vol. 1 #105–132 864 September 24, 2014 978-1401251499[56]
The Flash: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 Showcase #4, 8, 13–14, The Flash vol. 1 #105–132 864 December 24, 2018 978-1401290757
The Flash: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 2 The Flash vol. 1 #133–163 784 January 17, 2017 978-1401265380
The Flash: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 3 The Flash vol. 1 #164–199 800 July 24, 2018 978-1401281045
Flash vs. The Rogues Showcase #8, Flash vol. 1 #105–106, 110, 113, 117, 122, 140, 155 144 November 25, 2009 978-1401224974
DC Comics Classics Library: Flash of Two Worlds Flash vol. 1 #123, 129, 137, 151, 170, 173 160 August 5, 2009 978-1401222987
Flash of Two Worlds: Deluxe Edition Flash vol. 1 #123, 129, 137, 151, 173 160 March 3, 2020 978-1401294595

The Flash vol. 2 (1987–2006) Old Editions[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
The Flash: Born to Run The Flash vol. 2 #62–65, Annual #8, 80-Page Giant #1, Speed Force #1 128 May 12, 1999 978-1563895043[57]
The Flash: The Return of Barry Allen The Flash vol. 2 #72–78 178 June 5, 1996 978-1563892684
The Flash: Terminal Velocity The Flash vol. 2 #0, 95–100 186 September 26, 1995 978-1563892493
The Flash: Dead Heat The Flash vol. 2 #108–111 & Impulse #10,11 144 July 6, 2000 978-1563896231
The Flash: Race Against Time The Flash vol. 2 #112–118 168 June 13, 2001 978-1563897214
The Flash: Emergency Stop The Flash vol. 2 #130–135 144 January 21, 2009 978-1401221775[58]
The Flash: The Human Race The Flash vol. 2 #136–141 and Secret Origins vol. 2 #50 160 June 10, 2009 978-1401222390[59]
The Flash: Wonderland The Flash vol. 2 #164–169 144 October 31, 2007 978-1401214890[60]
The Flash: Blood Will Run The Flash vol. 2 #170–176, The Flash: Iron Heights, The Flash Secret Files #3 240 March 13, 2002 978-1401216474[61]
The Flash: Rogues The Flash vol. 2 #177–182 144 January 29, 2003 978-1563899508[62]
The Flash: Crossfire The Flash vol. 2 #183–191 224 February 11, 2004 978-1401201951
The Flash: Blitz The Flash vol. 2 #192–200 224 July 8, 2004 978-1401203351
The Flash: Ignition The Flash vol. 2 #201–206 144 February 9, 2005 978-1401204631
The Flash: The Secret of Barry Allen The Flash vol. 2 #207–211, #213–217 240 July 20, 2005 978-1401207236
The Flash: Rogue War The Flash vol. 2 #212, #218, #220–225 208 January 18, 2006 978-1401209247

The Flash vol. 2 (1987–2006)[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
The Flash by Mark Waid Book One The Flash vol. 2 #62–68, Annual #4–5, Flash Special #1 368 December 7, 2016 978-1401267353
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Two The Flash vol. 2 #69–79, Annual #6, Green Lantern #30–31, 40 432 April 26, 2017 978-1401268442
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Three The Flash vol. 2 #80–94 368 October 11, 2017 978-1401273927
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Four The Flash vol. 2 #0, #95–105, Annual #8 368 April 4, 2018 978-1401278212
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Five The Flash vol. 2 #106–118, Impulse #10–11 368 October 17, 2018 978-1401284602
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Six The Flash vol. 2 #119–129, Green Lantern and The Flash: Faster Friends, Flash Plus Nightwing #1; material from Showcase '96 #12, DC Universe Holiday Bash #1 440 May 29, 2019 978-1401293802
The Flash by Grant Morrison & Mark Millar The Flash vol. 2 #130–141, Green Lantern Vol. 3 #96, Green Arrow Vol. 2 #130; material from The Flash 80-Page Giant #1, JLA Secret Files #1 334 April 20, 2016 978-1-4012-6102-3
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Seven The Flash vol. 2 #142–150, #1000000, The Life Story of the Flash; material from The Flash Secret Files #1, Speed Force #1, The Flash 80-Page Giant #1 448 May 19, 2020 978-1779500199
The Flash By Geoff Johns Book One The Flash vol. 2 #164–176, The Flash: Iron Heights #1 368 November 25, 2015 978-1401258733
The Flash By Geoff Johns Book Two The Flash vol. 2 #177–188, The Flash: Our Worlds at War #1, The Flash Secret Files #3, and DC First: Flash/Superman #1 408 May 18, 2016 978-1401261016
The Flash By Geoff Johns Book Three The Flash vol. 2 #189–200 350 October 26, 2016 978-1401264987
The Flash By Geoff Johns Book Four The Flash vol. 2 #201–213 320 November 29, 2017 978-1401273651
The Flash By Geoff Johns Book Five The Flash vol. 2 #214–225, #1/2, Wonder Woman vol. 2 #214 336 July 10, 2018 978-1401281076
The Flash Omnibus by Geoff Johns Volume 1 The Flash vol. 2 #164–176, The Flash: Our Worlds at War #1, The Flash: Iron Heights, The Flash Secret Files #3 448 May 18, 2011 978-1401230685[63]
The Flash Omnibus by Geoff Johns Volume 2 The Flash vol. 2 #177–200, DC First: Flash/Superman #1 648 April 4, 2012 978-1401233914[64]
The Flash Omnibus by Geoff Johns Volume 3 The Flash vol. 2 #201–225, Wonder Woman vol.2 #214 656 September 5, 2012 978-1401237172[65]

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive (2007–2008)[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive: Lightning in a Bottle Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1–6 144 March 21, 2007 978-1401212292
The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive: Full Throttle Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #7–13, All-Flash #1, a story from DCU Infinite Holiday Special #1 208 December 28, 2007 978-1401215675

The Flash vol. 2 continued (2007–2008)[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
The Flash: The Wild Wests The Flash vol. 2 #231–237 160 August 6, 2008 978-1401218287

The Flash vol. 3 (2010–2011)[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
The Flash: Rebirth The Flash: Rebirth #1–6 168 Hardcover: May 3, 2010 Softcover: April 27, 2011 Hardcover: 978-1401225681 Softcover: 978-1401230012
The Flash Vol. 1: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues The Flash vol. 3 #1–8, The Flash Secret Files 2010 228 Hardcover: February 9, 2011 Softcover: January 11, 2012 Hardcover: 978-1401229702 Softcover: 978-1401231958
The Flash Vol. 2: The Road to Flashpoint The Flash vol. 3 #9–12 128 Hardcover: November 16, 2011 Softcover: September 26, 2012 Hardcover: 978-1401232795 Softcover: 978-1401234485
The Flash by Geoff Johns Book Six Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #1–3, The Flash: Rebirth #1–6, Blackest Night: The Flash #1–3 384 August 27, 2019 978-1401292638

New 52[edit]

# Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
1 Move Forward The Flash vol. 4 #1–8 192 August 20, 2013 978-1401235536
2 Rogues Revolution The Flash vol. 4 #9–12, #0, and The Flash Annual #1 176 February 11, 2014 978-1401240318
3 Gorilla Warfare The Flash vol. 4 #13–19 176 August 19, 2014 978-1401242749
4 Reverse The Flash vol. 4 #20–25 and #23.2: Reverse-Flash #1 176 January 20, 2015 978-1401247133
5 History Lessons The Flash vol. 4 #26–29 and The Flash Annual #2 144 September 8, 2015 978-1401249502
6 Out of Time The Flash vol. 4 #30–35, The Flash Annual #3 and The Flash: Futures End #1 208 January 19, 2016 978-1401254278
7 Savage World The Flash vol. 4 #36–40 and Secret Origins vol. 3 #7 144 August 9, 2016 978-1401258757
8 Zoom The Flash vol. 4 #41–47 and Convergence: Detective Comics 224 November 22, 2016 978-1401263669
9 Full Stop The Flash vol. 4 #48–52 168 August 17, 2017 978-1401269258
The Flash by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato Omnibus The Flash vol. 4 #0–25 and #23.2: Reverse-Flash #1 480 November 22, 2016 978-1401261030
The Flash: Starting Line (DC Essential Edition) The Flash vol. 4 #0-12, The Flash Annual #1 344 October 30, 2018 978-1401284763

DC Rebirth[edit]

# Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
Paperback
1 Lightning Strikes Twice The Flash: Rebirth #1, The Flash vol.5 #1–8 216 January 24, 2017 978-1401267841
2 Speed of Darkness The Flash vol. 5 #9–13 128 May 23, 2017 978-1401268930
3 Rogues Reloaded The Flash vol. 5 #14–20 168 August 1, 2017 978-1401271572
4 Running Scared The Flash vol. 5 #23–27 136 November 21, 2017 978-1401274627
5 Negative The Flash vol. 5 #28–32 128 March 27, 2018 978-1401277277
6 Cold Day in Hell The Flash vol. 5 #34–38, Annual #1 128 June 19, 2018 978-1401280789
7 Perfect Storm The Flash vol. 5 #39–45 184 October 2, 2018 978-1401284527
8 Flash War The Flash vol. 5 #46–51, a story from Annual #1 160 December 18, 2018 978-1401283506
9 Reckoning of the Forces The Flash vol. 5 #52–57 160 April 2, 2019 978-1401288556
10 Force Quest The Flash vol. 5 #58–63 144 September 24, 2019 978-1401291419
11 The Greatest Trick of All The Flash vol. 5 #66-69, Annual #2 144 February 11, 2020 978-1779500328
Year One The Flash vol. 5 #70-75 168 November 19, 2019 978-1401299347
12 Death and the Speed Force The Flash vol. 5 #76-81 144 June 9, 2020 978-1779503992
13 Rogues Reign The Flash vol. 5 #82-87 152 November 17, 2020 978-1779505774
Deluxe Hardcovers
Batman/The Flash: The Button The Flash vol. 5 #21–22, Batman vol. 3 #21–22 104 October 17, 2017 978-1401276447
Heroes In Crisis: The Price and Other Stories The Flash vol. 5 #64-65, Annual #2, Batman vol. 3 #64-65, Green Arrow vol. 6 #45, 48-50 248 October 9, 2019 978-1401299644
The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 The Flash: Rebirth #1, #1–13 336 August 1, 2017 978-1401271589
The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 The Flash vol. 5 #14–27 244 May 1, 2018 978-1401278427
The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 3 The Flash vol. 5 #28–38, Annual #1, DC Universe Holiday Special #1 264 October 2, 2018 978-1401281403
The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 4 The Flash vol. 5 #28–38 352 Canceled 978-1401289393

Other Collections[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Publication Date ISBN
Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told Flash Comics #1, 66, 86, Comic Cavalcade #24, Showcase #4, The Flash vol. 1 #107, 113, 119, 124–125, 137, 143, 148, 179, DC Special Series #1, The Flash vol. 2 #2 288 Hardcover: December 11, 1990 Softcover: April 21, 1992 Hardcover: 978-0930289812 Softcover: 978-0930289843
Flash: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Flash Comics #86,104, Flash vol. 1 #123,155,165,179, DC Special Series #11, Flash Vol. 2 #91 208 August 15, 2007 978-1401213725
Flash: A Celebration of 75 Years Flash Comics #1, 104, All-Flash #31, Showcase #4, Flash vol. 1 #110, 123, 125, 174, 215, 233, 275, Superman #199, Crisis on Infinite Earths #8, Flash vol. 2 #1, 0, 225, Secret Origins Annual #2, Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 Flash:Rebirth #1 Flashpoint #5, Flash vol. 3 #9 472 April 1, 2015 978-1401251789
Flash Rogues: Captain Cold Showcase #8, Flash vol. 1 #150, 297, Flash vol. 2 #28, 182, Flashpoint:Citizen Cold #1, Flash vol. 3 #6, 17, and Flash Secret Files #3 160 August 22, 2018 978-1401281595
Flash Rogues: Reverse-Flash Flash vol. 1 #139, 283, Flash vol. 2 #197, Flash vol.3 #8, Flash vol. 4 #23.2, Flash vol. 5 #25, Batman vol. 3 #21, an entry from Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #19 168 January 16, 2019 978-1-4012-8925-6
Life Story of the Flash Original Graphic Novel 96 Hardcover: October 22, 1997 Softcover: August 12, 1998 Hardcover: 978-1563893650 Softcover: 978-1563893896
Flash & Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold Flash and Green Lantern:The Brave and the Bold #1–6 144 Softcover: March 21, 2001 Deluxe Edition: April 9, 2019 Softcover: 978-1563897085 Deluxe Edition: 978-1401288136
Flash: Mercury Falling Impulse #62–67 144 May 6, 2009 978-1401222604
Flash: Season Zero Flash: Season Zero #1–12 264 September 16, 2015 978-1401257712

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