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The Flash by Mark Waid Book One

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This was my Flash, simply because I started reading DC Comics in the mid-1980s, after Crisis on Infinite Earths and to me, Barry Allen's sacrificial death was a fait accompli and Wally was the Flash and a full-fledged member of the Justice League (aka Justice League International, later Justice League America). Born in Hueytown, Alabama, Mark Waid has earned his living as a lounge singer, a magician, a disc jockey, an accountant, and in many other ways, but none of them as eclectic--or fun--as scripting comic books. Note that in the story where Wally becomes Kid Flash - he doesn't know Barry is the Flash, even though Barry is his uncle (or uncle to-be - at this point Iris and Barry are engaged).

A trip to the 64th century also proves eye-opening for Wally, as he is shocked to find out that in the future he is worshipped as a god! Wally West is a happy-go-lightly character who, although is adventures are exciting, they are above all fun.In this first volume of a new series, Young Wally West is quickly in danger—not only from The Flash’s enemies, but from powers that he doesn’t know how to control! Worth reading this book just for that, although the supporting issues in this collection are pure 90's bliss. It wouldn’t be until Geoff Johns’ work on JSA that we would finally get to know Jesse as both her Quick persona and Liberty Belle one as well.

A fantastic volume this one and I loved it, some remarkable stories that really makes you love Wally!However, Waid deliver brilliantly with a story that updates but still respects Wally's silver age origin but also gives Wally's character some depth. Year One as an arch-story became an instant hit and soon it became clear that Mark Waid has written a character that is love and accepted by fans.

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