Flash Reading Order – Where to Start With The Flash Comics?

My name is Dave the Herald, and I have the fastest Flash reading order introduction alive.

Where to Start With Flash Comics?

Index:

I) Golden Age Flash Comics (1940’s to 1950’s)

II) The Flash of Two Worlds – Flash kicks off the Silver Age of Comics (Late 1950’s through early 1980’s)

III) After Crisis on Infinite Earths – The Mark Waid Era of Flash (Late 1980’s to 1990’s)

IV) Geoff John’s Era of Flash (Early 2000’s to 2009)

V) Flash Rebirth & Flashpoint (2009 to 2011)

VI) New 52 Flash (2011 to 2016)

VII) DC Rebirth Flash

Jay Garrick, DC's Flash of the Golden Age
THAT HAT THO

Golden Age Flash

It all begins with Jay Garrick, the fastest hat alive.

The Golden Age Flash Archives Vol. 1

Collects: Flash Comics #1 to #17

The Golden Age Flash Archives Vol. 2

Collects: Flash Comics #18 to #24, All-Flash Comics #1 to #2

You can also check out Golden Age Flash’s appearances as a member of the Justice Society of America, in the likes of the All Star Comics Archives below.

All Star Comics Archives Vol. 0

All Star Comics Archives Vol. 1

All Star Comics Archives Vol. 2

All Star Comics Archives Vol. 3

All the way up to…

All Star Comics Archives Vol. 11

DC started the multiverse with their Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen

Silver Age Flash

Enter the era of Barry Allen, the fastest man alive.

The Flash Archives Volume 1

Collects: Flash Comics 104; Showcase 4, 8, 13, 14; The Flash 105-108

The Flash Archives Volume 2

Collects: The Flash #109 to #116

The Flash Archives Volume 3

Collects: The Flash #117 to #124

The Flash Archives Volume 4

Collects: The Flash #125 to #132

The Flash Archives Volume 5

Collects: The Flash #133 to #141

The Flash Archives Volume 6

Collects: The Flash #142 to #150

Following Flash Archives Volume 6, collected Flash editions basically skips the whole gosh darn bronze age (approximately the 70’s). You can essentially mark a close to this era of the Flash with:

Showcase Presents: Trial of the Flash

Collects: Flash #323 to #327, #329 to #336, and #340 to #350

Mark Waid's 90's run on The Flash is a fan favorite

New Flash – Mark Waid Flash Reading Order (1990’s)

In 1985, DC Comics launched the largest event in their history with Crisis on Infinite Earths. It’s a fascinating macro-event, with all sorts of continuity and editorial universe mandates, but most importantly for our purposes, it features major ramifications for The Flash.

As in, we’re going to need a new Flash. Enter the era of Wally West.

It’s worth noting here that there are over 60 issues of Flash comics from 1987 to 1992 that are uncollected, and weirdly almost never discussed. Whereas Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman saw some of their most iconic comics in the wake of Crisis, Flash wouldn’t reach the acclaimed Mark Waid run until issue #62.

The Flash: Born to Run

Collects: Flash #62 to 65, Flash Annual #8, Speed Force #1, Flash 80-Page Giant #1

You can also enjoy Mark Waid’s run on Flash, now collected in full-size trades from DC as The Flash by Mark Waid Book One.

The Flash by Mark Waid Book Two

Collects: Green Lantern #30-31 & 40, The Flash #69-79, The Flash Annual #6, Justice League International Quarterly #10

The second expanded trade collecting Mark Waid’s run on Flash releases May, 2017. It will feature the previously uncollected Flash #69 to #73. Note that Flash #74 to #79 includes overlap with The Return of Barry Allen trade collected below!

The Return of Barry Allen 

Collects: Flash #74 to 79

This is as good a time as any to mention that if you work according to available collected trades, you’ll actually miss a sizable chunk of Mark Waid’s run on Flash. This is a darn shame, and until a much sought after omnibus edition is released, is simply the way of the trades. From what I can tell, the majority of this Flash run is available digitally.

Impulse: Reckless Youth 

Collects: Flash #92 to #94, Impulse #1 to #6

Flash: Terminal Velocity 

Collects: Flash #0, #95 to #100

Flash: Dead Heat

Collects: Flash #108 to #111, Impulse #10 to #11

Flash: Race Against Time

Collects: Flash #112 to #118

The Life Story of the Flash

Collects: Graphic Novel

JLA: Deluxe Edition Vol. 1

Collects: JLA #1 to #9

I’d recommend reading the first 9 issue story arc from Grant Morrison and Howard Porter’s JLA here. Wally is a major player on the reconstituted JLA. If you want more, you can check out the Justice League reading order.

Flash: Emergency Stop

Collects: #130-135

Grant Morrison & Mark Millar, two of the most well-known comics writers in the game, put together a co-written 12 issue stint on Flash from issue #130 to #141.

Flash: The Human Race

Collects: Flash #136 to #141, Secret Origins #50

Geoff Johns wrote the flash for most of the 2000's

Geoff Johns Flash Reading Order (Early 2000’s)

While Geoff Johns is now just about the biggest name in DC Comics, his earlier work includes a long, sustained, and generally very solid run on The Flash.

Flash: Wonderland

Collects: Flash #164 to #169

Flash: Blood Will Run

Collects: Flash #170 to #176, The Flash Secret Files #3, The Flash: Iron Heights #1

Flash: Rogues

Collects: Flash #177 to #182

Flash: Crossfire

Collects: Flash #183 to #191

Flash: Blitz

Collects: Flash #192 to #200)

Flash: Ignition

Collects: Flash #201 to #206)

Flash: The Secret of Barry Allen

Collects: Flash #207 to #211, #213 to #217

Flash: Rogue War

Collects: Flash #1/2, #212, #218, #220 to #225

Infinite Crisis

Infinite Crisis is a DC Universe mega event penned by Geoff Johns. There’s a whole big reading order just for Infinite Crisis, and it’s a pretty major commitment if you’re just here for the Flash.

The Flash: The Wild Wests

Collects:

The Flash: Lightning in a Bottle

Collects:

The Flash: Full Throttle

Collects:

Final Crisis

Final Crisis: Rogues Revenge

Final Crisis is another mega DC Universe event, and although I’m typically a Grant Morrison fan, it’s currently the second lowest rated comic on my best comics of all time rankings.

That said, there is a three issue ‘Rogues Revenge’ miniseries which is a good read for the Flash fanatic.

Blackest Night

Blackest Night: Flash #1 to #3

Another DC Universe mega event to close out the era, this time penned by Geoff Johns as part of his 2000’s Green Lantern epic. There are some fairly important Flash ramifications here, most notably detailed in the three issue Blackest Night: Flash tie-in.

Flashpoint changed everything for the DC Universe

Flash: Rebirth (2009)

When DC references their long and storied history of classic ‘Rebirths,’ they’re basically talking about Geoff John’s work on Green Lantern: Rebirth with Hal Jordan, and then the next era of Flash on our list. This will lead all the way to Flashpoint, the most Flash-centric event of DC’s 2000’s, and the impetus for the controversial New 52!

The Flash: Rebirth

Collects: The Flash: Rebirth #1 to #6

The Flash Volume 1: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues

Collects: The Flash #1 to #7, The Flash Secret Files

The Flash Volume 2: The Road to Flashpoint

Collects: The Flash #8 to #12

Flashpoint

Collects: Flashpoint #1 to #5

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring The Flash

Collects: Grodd of War #1, Kid Flash Lost #1 to #3, Legion of Doom #1 to #3, Reverse Flash #1, Citizen Cold #1 to #3

Flashpoint Featuring Wonder Woman

Collects: Emperor Aquaman #1 to #3, Outisder #1 to #3, Lois Lane and The Resistance #1 to #3, Wonder Woman and The Furies #1 to #3

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Superman

Collects: World of Flashpoint #1 to #3, Booster Gold #44 to #47, The Canterbury Cricker #1, Project Superman #1 to #3)

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Batman

Collects: Batman: Knight of Vengeance #1 to #3, Deadman and The Flying Graysons #1 to #3, Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager #1 to #3, Secret Seven #1 to #3

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Green Lantern

Collects: Hal Jordan #1 to #3, Abin Sur #1 to #3, Frankenstein and The Creatures of the Unknown #1 to #3, Green Arrow Industries #1

The Flash of DC's New 52

New 52 Flash Reading Order

If you want the full DC New 52 Reading Order, or want to see how each of these Flash issues fits within the New 52 as a whole, check out the full DC New 52 Reading Order!

The Flash: Move Forward

Collects: Flash #1 to #8

The Flash: Rogues Revolution

The Flash: Gorilla Warfare

The Flash: Reverse

The Flash: History Lessons

Forever Evil

Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion

Again, I’d encourage you to check out the complete New 52 reading order if you want very specific placement for all 6 issues of the Forever Evil Rogues Rebellion tie-in comics.

The Flash: Out of Time

The Flash: Savage World

The Flash: Zoom

The Flash Vol. 9

Collects: Flash #48 to #52

DC Universe Rebirth is Here!

DC Universe Rebirth (2016 – Present)

At the time of publication, DC Rebirth brings a new status quo for all things Flash (and the DC Universe as a whole). As a matter of (flash) fact, the Flash family is at the center of DC Universe Rebirth #1, in some thrilling and poignant ways. The launch of this entire new universe makes a whole lot more sense if you have this Flash reading order under your belt.

You can check out the full DC Rebirth experience with Comic Book Herald’s complete DC Rebirth reading order.

DC Universe Rebirth #1

The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice

Collects: The Flash: Rebirth #1, The Flash #1 to #8

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