Wallace West (DC Comics)
|First appearance||The Flash Annual #3 (June 2014)|
|Created by||Van Jensen|
|Team affiliations||Flash Family|
|Abilities||Superhuman speed, reflexes, agility, stamina|
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Wallace West is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. Originally introduced as a new interpretation of Wally West, as part of DC's The New 52 relaunch, the comic DC Rebirth #1 later established that he is, in fact, a new character of the same name, being Wally's cousin, both named after their great-grandfather. To avoid confusion, the character was renamed in later comics as Wallace West.
The "reintroduction" of this Wally West to DC Comics following its 2011 The New 52 reboot, which removed Wally West from continuity, was first announced in January 2014. Originally conceived of as a biracial reinterpretation of the classic Wally West character. Wallace is stated in his introductory comics and creators as being the son of Iris West's brother Rudy, as in pre-New 52 stories. However, the original interpretation of Wally West, having been the starring character in the Flash for many years, was still missed by DC's fans, and so the company decided to bring the original Wally back into continuity in Geoff Johns' DC Rebirth #1 (2016). Rebirth retroactively established that Wallace's father was not Rudy, as previously stated; he was the son of Iris's other brother, the then-recently introduced Daniel West, also the latest incarnation of Reverse Flash, who had redeemed and sacrificed himself as a member of the Suicide Squad.
Fictional character biography
Wallace first appears in The Flash Annual #3 (June 2014) in a story set twenty years in the future, when a jaded, older Flash (Barry Allen) reads about Wallace's funeral and vows to change history. Tying in with the ongoing story The New 52: Futures End, the story The Flash: Futures End #1 depicts an encounter between Barry of five years in the future (when Wallace is supposed to die) and the Barry of 20 years in the future, who is out to prevent it. In the course of the story, Wallace ends up learning that Barry is the Flash and absorbs part of the Speed Force — the source of the Flash's abilities — during the battle between Barry and his future counterpart. He becomes a speedster but his hero career is short-lived; he sacrifices himself to fix a wound in the speed force. Due to the effects of time travel, however, this has implications for Wallace earlier in his history. Around the same time, in the present-day narrative of The Flash, Barry meets Wallace for the first time through Iris. He is struck by lightning and acquires super speed abilities; an apparition of his future self-explains that, as a consequence of how his future-self had died repairing the Speed Force, all the power within him was able to travel back in time and use Wallace's lightning accident as a catalyst. Wallace's first act as a speedster is to use his powers to protect a classmate from a bully, using the same artistic elements as Professor Zoom's powers.
DC Rebirth #1, part of a company-wide event of the same name, marked DC's attempts to restore much of what it lost in the New 52 reboot, both in tone and in the stories of its characters. It features Wally West watching his younger cousin, Wallace, from outside of time, proud and amazed that he too has become a speedster, and reflecting on how they are both named for the same grandfather. Wally is brought back to reality by Barry, who remembers him for the first time since the events of Flashpoint. Teen Titans Rebirth #1, shows Wallace joining the Teen Titans superhero team as Kid Flash.
Wallace, as Kid Flash, meets Wally West, as the Flash, when assisting Barry in dealing with a bridge accident, although Wally doesn't explicitly introduce himself to his cousin, simply identifying himself as an ally of Barry, although Wallace accepts him after they work together to save Barry from a temporary infusion of Speed Force energy.
In The Flash: Futures End #1, the Flash from 20 years in the future is able to prevent Wallace's death by killing Daniel West. After the Future Flash cripples his younger self in their fight and disappears into the past, Barry finds that Wallace has been imbued with the Speed Force. He makes Wallace promise to stop his future self and Wallace dons a silver and red Flash suit, becoming the new Flash, and trains for years to travel back and stop the Future Flash.
In Flash #35, Wallace arrives to see the Future Flash fight the present Flash. Wallace is badly injured when he shields the younger Flash from high-speed rocks that the Future Flash flung. Wallace absorbs the excess Speed Force energy that is tearing apart the present Flash and tells him to not give up and that he only learned to be a hero because of him. Wallace dies and releases a blast of Speed Force energy that closes the rupture but unintentionally traps the present Flash in the Speed Force.
In other media
An amalgamation of Wallace West and Wally West named Wallace F. "Wally" West appears in The Flash, portrayed by Keiynan Lonsdale. Wally becomes Kid Flash in season 3 when he gains metahuman powers. This version is Iris West's younger brother instead of nephew. In season 4, he leaves the team to forge his own identity and eventually joins the Legends of fellow Arrowverse series Legends of Tomorrow as a series regular in season 3.
- This version of the character portrayed by Lonsdale also appears in an episode of Supergirl during the crossover event "Crisis on Earth-X."
- Wallace West as Kid Flash made his video game debut as a playable character in Lego DC Super-Villains, voiced by Jason Linere White.
- DC Rebirth #1
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- The Flash #23
- The Flash #0
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- "Writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen Address Controversial New 52 Wally West in The Flash #30". IGN.
- Flash #44-50