AT A BASE LEVEL, FLASH IS STRONG ENOUGH TO CARRY A ROOM
The Flash (Barry Allen) suiting up. DC Comics.
In many respects, Flash has been described as the most powerful DC hero. Though Superman is the king in the super strength department, In The Brave and The Bold (1972) #99, Batman is possessed by the ghost of Manuel, who died 50 years ago. Each night the episode repeats itself. In order to seek help, Batman contacts Flash (Barry Allen). Together, they travel to the spirit world and find the truth.
To this end, Manuel is attempting to find bodies to possess in the realm of the living. Soon, Flash and Batman uncover the source of the possession: A black Egyptian Ankh. In the end, mustering his strength, Flash tosses the mystic Ankh into outer space.
Finally, Batman is freed from the possession.
Really, when we rate this feat, Flash’s super strength required him to propel the object strong enough to reach escape velocity. Per our calculations, a 1 kg object would need 5041000000 Joules of energy in order to reach the speed of a meteor, greater than escape velocity.
When we convert into mass, we realize Flash is strong enough to carry 1.142 tons, at least the mass of the average room.
Now, let’s answer the user’s question by looking at the main two Flashes, Barry Allen and Wally West.
Among Flash’s signature attacks is the speedblitz. Generally, many speedsters in the DC Universe can perform this technique, including Superman. Particularly, Wally West has performed this technique on Gorilla Grodd.
In Feat: Nightwing, ‘Outsiders’ #3, we calculated that Grodd’s skin is at least 0.42 times as durable as bone. Since we used the 1 ton Metahuman Strength-Level as baseline, Grodd’s durability is likely higher.
In the issue, Flash hit Gorilla Grodd with 3000 punches in a few seconds. However, hitting Superman with 3000 punches that can shatter a room does add up. The added energy is 1.91*1011 Joules which is more than the energy released by a 1-ton nuke.
Of course, we know Superman can take a nuke. In fact, he can survive a million nuclear blasts. However, depending on the incarnations, the speedblitz can hurt weaker Superman versions.
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2. LIGHTNING STRIKES/PUNCHES
In The Flash (2016) #7, Flash (Barry Allen) strikes Godspeed with a lightning punch. DC Comics.
In the live-action CW The Flash series, the eponymous hero has developed multiple super powers as the seasons progress. Namely, he has the ability to generate and strike his foes with lightning.
In the comic medium, Barry has developed this ability in the Rebirth continuity. In The Flash: Lightning Strikes Twice, Flash empowers the citizens of Central City with the Speed Force, creating new speedsters.
Now, he has to face Godspeed, an enemy who can be at two places at the same time.
Early in the battle, Barry strikes Godspeed with a lightning punch, knocking him back. Then, in no condition to fight, Flash runs away. Typically, a lightning bolt can release one billion Joules of energy. In fact, this is powerful enough to power a city block.
Also, given that Barry’s Speed Force powered an entire city, the lightning bolts are potentially City Level. For his part, Superman has shown varying degrees of resistance to lightning and electricity, even magical lightning.
1. INFINITE MASS PUNCH
In JLA (1997) #3, Flash remembers the Flash fact to use the infinite mass punch against Zum. DC Comics.
In our Infinite Mass Punch (IMP) article, we mentioned that Flash has Infinite kinetic energy potential since he is a Speed Force Conduit. In effect, Flash can punch Superman with infinite force. You can register for a free membership in order to view our feat rating for Flash, Wally West, JLA Vol 1 #3.
At the same time, in his battle with Zum, Flash used the IMP and hit the time-traveling villain with the mass of a white dwarf star. In a battle with Superman, Flash can strike the Man of Steel with Infinite Level of Super Strength.
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To begin, Barry Allen was always destined for great things. In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox [Blu-ray], the animated film begins with Nora Allen and her son, Barry. When their car breaks down, Nora teaches Barry about the Serenity prayer: “accepting the things that can’t be changed, having the courage to change those that can, and have wisdom to know the difference.”
Fans of The Flash: Season 1, know Barry’s mother was murdered when he was a boy. In fact, the time-traveling and archnemesis Reverse-Flash was the one responsible for her murder. Steadily, Flash has been gaining power-ups every season and adding muscle! However, in the comic medium, the superhero is on another level.
In our article, we choose Barry Allen as “TheAngelOfTheDCMultiverse.” Why is that?
BARRY ALLEN DISCOVERED THE DC MULTIVERSE
Notably, the concept of the DC multiverse important to continuity was introduced in Flash (1961) #123, titled, “The Flash Of Two Worlds. Importantly, the issue established that Barry Allen (Earth-One) and Jay Garrick (Earth-Two) existed on two parallel Earths existing in the same space but vibrating at different frequencies. From there, stories featuring different versions of the same hero or different teams were understood as happening on parallel Earths.
BARRY ALLEN RETURNED TO PROTECT THE DC MULTIVERSE IN FINAL CRISIS
Perhaps, revealing Barry’s true manifest destiny. After his heroic sacrifice in Crisis On Infinite Earths, Barry returned with renewed purpose. So, who had a hand in the Flash’s return? The Monitors? The New Gods? The Source? As matter of fact, it was Zoom who zipped the Flash out of the Speed Force. In DC Universe (2008) #0, Barry Allen falls from the sky, resurrected in Final Crisis. In the issue, Barry states he sees the light of heaven, darkness and the DC multiverse.
BARRY CREATED THE POST-FLASHPOINT DC MULTIVERSE
Notably, Flashpoint may have been the most important DC comic of the 2010s. Indeed, within a decade, it has been adapted to The Flash TV series and is the basis for the upcoming Flash movie. What makes it so important is how the personal decisions of a single character can completely alter reality. When Barry went back in time to prevent his mother’s murder, he created an alternate timeline where she was alive. Though, at the end of the series, Flash has to sacrifice what he holds most dear to restore the DC multiverse. Inadvertently, his actions led to the New 52.
Really, Flash is one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe. After being struck by lightning, Flash became a Speed Force conduit. In the DC Universe, the Speed Force is a dimension in the Sphere of the Gods, beyond the DC multiverse. From the Speed Force, speedsters are powered with an infinite reservoir of kinetic and potential energies.
Moreover, it appears Barry’s limit is the speed of light. As Flash, he is able to break dimensional barriers, race photons and molecules, react in attoseconds, steal speed, enter the Speed Force and escape, enter into the unknowable realm of the Source. Furthermore, Barry can generate lightning, travel in space, fly, negate the Anti-Life Equation, turn invisible, phase, heal rapidly and is capable of heightened mental processes.
All these super powers put Flash at the Multiversal-Level with infinite Energy Projection potential.
In reality, Flash may be a cosmic being or a god! During the Bronze Age, Barry appeared in a New Gods story. In short, the New God Orion needs help! After falling into unconsciousness, Orion has been growing in size. Now, his size threatens the sun.
In his prescience, Highfather commissions Metron, Lightray and Flash to the Source. According to legend, no god may enter the Source or he may die. In truth, these words ring true. From Apokolips, Darkseid learns of the mission and commissions Hagdar the Mad to stop them.
When the Super-Team arrives at the Promethean Galaxy, they are stopped by Darkseid’s minions. However, understanding the Source’s prophecy, Metron sends Flash forth. Only Flash is fast enough to enter the Source.
Later, he mysteriously comes back with a machine that can help Orion.
In The Flash: Rebirth (2009) #3, Barry Allen runs past the speed of light into the Speed Force. In the issue, Barry’s speed force aura has been contaminated. Now, he is dying.
In Fallville, the JLA and JSA have put Barry in a containment chamber. To this end, they plan to disconnect him from the Speed Force in order to save his life. And Iris has come to be his “lightning rod.” Suddenly, in bursts of lightning, Barry busts out. With Superman in hot pursuit. Nevertheless, outpacing the Man of Steel, Flash has a plan. As matter of fact, Barry plans to enter the Speed Force in order to save everyone.
At top speed, Barry stretches past the boundaries of the universe. As he moves past the speed of light, he remembers Iris, Wally, his death and his trial. As he enters the Speed Force, he struggles to remember Iris. There, he is greeted by a voice that reminds him of Iris and his name. Soon, he meets Johnny Quick and Max Mercury.
Definitely, a feat requiring a Multiversal-Level of super speed with infinite Energy Projection.
As a New God, the Black Racer is the embodiment of Death. Moreover, he has been stated to be the fastest being in existence. In fact, none may outrun Death.
When Darkseid fires the radion bullet at Superman, Barry and Wally arrive. Together, they outrun the Black Racer and the radion bullet vibrating through Darkseid. Then, Black Racer claims Darkseid’s soul.
Here, Barry actually outran a Celestial or abstract being. Talk about an angelic feat of eternal proportions!
From #TheAngelOfTheDCMultiverse, Barry became the God of Death. In Darkseid War, Darkseid and Anti-Monitor battled on Prime Earth. Namely, their battle was over Grail, Darkseid’s daughter. In addition, the God of evil sought the Anti-Life Equation.
Between them, the Justice League was caught in the crosshairs. In order to turn the tide, Darkseid summoned Black Racer. However, his plan backfired. Sinisterly, Anti-Monitor fused Black Racer to Flash. Now, Flash became the New God of Death. With the Anti-Life Equation, Mobius blasted Darkseid as the God of Death vibrated through his body.
Perhaps, one of the most talked-about moments in the New 52. Definitely, Barry Allen always performs impressive feats in times of crisis. Though the New God of Death, he proved why he was once #TheAngelOfTheDCMultiverse.
In the DC Universe, speedsters are capable of moving at tremendous speeds. Indeed, these are metahumans possessing tremendous super speed. To this end, ‘DC Nation’ (2018) #2, lists the Top 10 speedsters in the DC Universe.
For our purposes, let’s list them according to classes: 1. Speed Force Users. 2. Kryptonians. 3. Greek Pantheon and Magic Users. 4. Martians.
I. INFINITE CLASS: SPEED FORCE USERS
In the DC Universe, the Speed Force is the super power that powers the best of DC’s speedsters. In fact, this multiversal energy allows its users to generate an infinite amount of kinetic energy. To sum, DC’s best speedsters are Speed Force conduits that can reach an infinite amount of super speed.
1. FLASH (WALLY WEST), ‘JLA’ (1997) #3
In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash’s infinite mass punch sends Zum into escape velocity at seven miles per second. AP Photo/DC Comics.
In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash (Wally West) showcased why he is the Fastest Man Alive. At the time, Wally endeared himself to us. Remembering Barry’s “Flash Facts,” he used a combat technique known as the Infinite Mass Punch.
In a race against the White Martian named Zum, Wally shattered general relativity. Indeed, he accelerated his mass to infinity as he approached the speed of light. Then, he hit Zum with the IMP generating an infinite amount of kinetic energy. At high speeds, Zum hit escape velocity and landed across the planet.
In ‘The Flash’ (1999) #148, Flash hits Reverse-Flash with a white dwarf punch. Definitely, the IMP enables Flash to take on Superman-level foes. Considering this, Wally deserves the top spot on this list.
In ‘Flashpoint’ (2011) #5, Reverse-Flash reveals to Barry that the hero caused Flashpoint over grief for his mother. AP Photo/DC Comics.
Certainly, “Flashpoint” is the most important DC crossover event of the new millennium. In a few words, in ‘Flashpoint’ (2011) #1, Barry Allen awakens at his desk. Strangely, he notices details of his daily routine are off. Also, he has no speed.
Furthermore, the most important detail is that his mother is alive. Afterwards, visiting the Batcave, Barry meets with Batman who is Thomas Wayne. In the end, Barry realizes he is living in an alternate timeline and suspects the Reverse-Flash is the cause.
In ‘Flashpoint’ (2011) #5, Reverse-Flash reveals to Barry that the hero caused Flashpoint over grief for his mother. When Barry found out Eobard murdered his mother, he time travelled to the past. Tragically, he saved his mother which resulted in the new timeline.
In the end, Barry attempts to restore the timeline. Unfortunately, this creates the Prime Earth multiverse. Certainly, the Speed Force grants its users infinite energy. Here, Barry shows his super power: time travel and the ability to recreate the DC multiverse. Definitely, this requires an infinite amount of kinetic energy.
In ‘The Flash’ (1993) #79, Reverse-Flash reveals he replicated Flash’s powers in the 25th century. AP Photo/DC Comics.
Among his rogues, Reverse-Flash is Flash’s most dangerous foe. J. Richland Anderson at CBR.com, lists him third on the “10 Fastest Characters In All Of The DC Multiverse”. In the 25th century, technology has solved the problem of crime. As a result, there are no superheroes.
A wealthy man, Eobard Thawne was obsessed with the Flash. Successfully, he replicated Flash’s powers in an experiment and became… Reverse-Flash! Time traveling to the 20th century, he plagued Flash for years.
Among his super powers are: dimensional travel, time travel, reality alteration and Speed Force Negation. Lately, Thawne has created the Negative Speed Force.
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II. COSMIC CLASS: KRYPTONIANS
In the second class, are the Kryptonians. In a few words, under the light of the yellow sun, Kryptonians are capable of running, reacting, flying and traveling at superhuman speeds. Really, Kryptonians derive their super speed from the yellow solar radiation stored in their super dense cells. In effect, they are supermen who can move at FTL speeds.
Originally, Superboy-Prime was destined to become Superman. Tragically, Alexander Luthor Jr’s machinations during “Infinite Crisis” caused him to become an evil Superman.
In ‘Infinite Crisis’ (2006) #4, believing himself to be the true Superboy, Superboy-Prime attacked Superboy. As a result, the Doom Patrol, Teen Titans and JSA came to the rescue. Critically, many members of the super-powered teams were injured. Left with no choice, Bart, Jay and Wally sent SBP to the Speed Force. There, he was imprisoned under a red sun.
In ‘Infinite Crisis’ (2006) #6, proving no prison could shackle him, Superboy-Prime escaped. Definitely, it requires to be faster than the Speed Force to escape it. Is SBP faster than infinity?
During the “H’el on Earth” storyline, Superman meets a foe unlike he has seen before. In a few words, H’el is Superman with additional super powers: teleportation, telekinesis, telepathy and size alteration.
In ‘Superman’ (2013) #14, H’el teleports Superboy so fast that Superman can’t see his movements. Considering Superman’s perception, this definitely requires FTL super speed. Certainly, this feat is the reason why H’el belongs on this list.
On multiple occasions, the Man of Steel has demonstrated he can travel and react at FTL super speed. Particularly, the speedblitz is a combat technique that allows Superman to punch his foes at tremendous speeds.
III. STELLAR CLASS: GREEK PANTHEON AND MAGIC USERS
Third, is the Greek Pantheon and magic users. In short, these metahumans derive their super speed from divine enchantment and the pantheon of gods. Incredibly, they can move at near the speed of light. As a matter of fact, they regularly compete with DC’s best speedsters.
To begin, Wonder Woman regularly competes with DC’s best speedsters. In ‘JLA’ (2008) #23, the League has been defeated by an upgraded Amazo in Red Tornado’s body. Thus, it’s up to Wonder Woman to save the day. Using their combined super powers, the JLA defeats Amazo.
In the issue, it is stated that Wonder Woman’s combat speed is faster than Superman’s. Though, Superman may have unlimited travel speed potential.
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2005) #214, a blind Wonder Woman reaches Reverse-Flash moving at near light-speed. Considering the Reverse-Flash is powered by the Speed Force, this is a feat requiring near infinite kinetic energy. Therefore, Wonder Woman belongs in the Stellar class.
2. CAPTAIN MARVEL (SHAZAM), ‘JUSTICE’ (2006) #7
In ‘Justice’ (2006) #7, Captain Marvel (Shazam) outruns the Fastest Man Alive. AP Photo/DC Comics.
Throughout DC continuity, Captain Marvel (Shazam) has been recognized as Superman’s equal. As matter of fact, the “Justice” series proves this to be the case. In ‘Justice’ (2006) #7, the League recovers from an attack from the Legion of Doom.
On the ocean, Superman and Captain Marvel find Flash running. Atrociously, his accelerated metabolism prevents Flash from stopping to run. Sensing the danger, Superman admits only Captain Marvel may be able to save Flash. Then, the Captain has a plan.
Pouring on the speed, he catches up to Flash. In a flash of lightning bolt, he utters the magic word: Shazam! Then, he transforms back to Billy Batson and Barry is knocked out. Quickly, Superman saves them both.
In the issue, Barry states he can run around the planet in a heartbeat. Considering a human heart beats 60 to 100 times per minute, the World’s Mightiest Mortal travelled at 22 percent of the speed of light. Therefore, it is a reason why Captain Marvel may be faster than the Man of Steel.
Finally, the Green and White Martians can think, run and fly at speeds multiple times the speed of sound. Incredibly, they can fly around the Earth in seconds. Some can even travel in space under their own power.
1. MARTIAN MANHUNTER, ‘JLA’ (2013) #5
In ‘JLA’ (2013) #5, Martian Manhunter flies from Mars to Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
Definitely, Martian Manhunter is a speedster. In the New 52, J’onn J’onnz has demonstrated flight from Mars to Earth. Certainly, this is an inter-planetary feat.
2. ZUM, ‘JLA’ (1997) #3
In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash reveals Zum has the powers of Superman with some military training. AP Photo/DC Comics.
In the JLA’s first meeting with Hyperclan, Wally West battled Zum. In a race, the White Martian used military tactics and superior speed. As matter of fact, Zum was running so fast, he was creating after images. In some sense, he may have been approaching the speed of light. In fact, that is what it took for Flash to defeat Zum.
‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ (2016) #1. AP Photo/DC Comics.
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THE NEW 52 WAS UNPOPULAR
In 2011, the DC Universe was rebooted with the events of Flashpoint. In an attempt to save his mother from death, Flash ended creating an alternate timeline changing from New Earth to Prime Earth. The multiverse became an important aspect with Prime Earth at its center.
The new DC Universe resulted in the rebooting of the many popular series in DC such as ‘Action Comics,’ the end of the Superman-Lois marriage and the budding relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman, the loss of the traditional families and legacy in DC since Wally West was absent, the shake-up in the founding of the Justice League and in general the loss of heart and hope in story-telling.
One of the biggest issues fans had with the reboot was that it seemingly erased classic characters from the picture. Undoubtedly the most high profile absence was Wally West, who had taken on the role of the Flash for over a decade, and was arguably the version of the character audiences were most familiar with, owing to his presence on the long-loved Justice League animated series.
And yet, the character went completely missing during the reboot, along with other heroes, like the Question (no, the version we got most definitely isn’t Vic Sage), Cassandra Cain, and a whole host of other classic characters – all wiped in the name of keeping things simple. Which is awful, if we’re being honest.
In order from left to right: Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Flash and Cyborg. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
THE PREMISE OF ‘DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH’ #1
The premise of ‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ #1, is the dramatic re-appearance of hope, under the form of Wally West. The one-shot argues that the characters are not themselves and it is up to Flash to help them remember who they are. The plot of the comic is Wally West, the Flash, trapped into the Speed Force and attempting to contact someone in order to return Prime Earth otherwise he will vanish forever.
Flash first attempts to contact Batman but Batman fails to recognize him. Then, Flash attempts to contact John Thunder and asks him to contact the Justice Society. Wally West tries to contact Linda Park and return to the DC Universe. However, his attempt fails and he vanishes further. Finally, Wally reaches out to Barry Allen to say goodbye. However, Barry remembers him and pulls him out of the Speed Force before he vanishes forever. Hope has returned to the DC Universe!
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Wally West serves as the character that corrects the Post-Flashpoint DC Universe. Barry and Wally exchange a hug and Barry laments the fact he had forgotten Wally. Then Barry remembers Wally’s life and becoming the Flash. Wally tells Barry about Flashpoint. He tells Barry Flashpoint was not Barry’s fault.
Wally mentions a mysterious force that took ten years of their lives, changing families, legacies. The new battle is between “hope and despair” with a force even more powerful than Darkseid. The storyline thread continues in the “Watchmen” sequel called ‘Doomsday Clock’. The sequel reveals Doctor Manhattan as its villain.
In ‘Infinite Crisis’ (1985) #8, titled “A Flash Of The Lightning,” Flash performs a super speed feat. On Qward, the Flash frees himself from his prison and stops the Anti-Monitor’s antimatter cannon from destroying the five remaining Earths. During the battle, Flash destroys the antimatter cannon, time travels to the past and dies.
How much super speed does it take for Flash to time travel to the past in order to destroy the Anti-Monitor’s antimatter cannon?
FLASH (BARRY ALLEN) MATCHED THE ENERGY OF THE ANTI-MATTER CANNON SUFFICIENT TO DESTROY FIVE POSITIVE MATTER UNIVERSES IN EXPANSION WITH KINETIC ENERGY OF 4.0296675*10^62 JOULES.
FLASH GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF INFINITE ENERGY, ACCELERATING HIS MASS TO INFINITY AS HE REACHED THE SPEED OF LIGHT, TO TIME TRAVEL TO THE PAST THEN DYING.
SUPER SPEED FEAT:
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AMAZO IN COMICS
‘The Brave and The Bold’ (1960) #30, titled “Case Of The Stolen Super Powers” marks the first appearance of Amazo in DC continuity. The Justice League is brought together by the Flash (Barry Allen) when each member has their super powers fail them while working on separate cases. When the Flash after battling Mirror Master, hears of a super-villain who can mimic their super powers, the Justice League is put on a collision course with Amazo.
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In ‘Captain Atom’ (2012) #3 titled ‘–Friend or Foe?’, Flash (Barry Allen) performs a super-speed feat. Flash (Barry Allen) and Captain Atom liberate Libya. During the battle, Flash disarms the Libyan army as they fire their bullets in slow motion.
How much super speed does it take to stop bullets fired from five soldiers with M16A4 rifles in slow motion?
FLASH (BARRY ALLEN) STOPPED BULLETS FROM FIVE SOLDIERS IN SLOW MOTION WITHIN 0.00003333333 SECONDS OF OBSERVED TIME.
FLASH (BARRY ALLEN) MOVED AT 299,792,458 METERS PER SECOND THE EQUIVALENT OF THE SPEED OF LIGHT.
SUPER SPEED FEAT:
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