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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 157

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today, we look at the turning point in Mark Waid’s “The Return of Barry Allen” storyline from Flash.


In Flash #75, by Mark Waid and Greg Larocque, the returned Barry Allen is fighting crime with Wally West and Jay Garrick (the third and first Flash, respectively). Things are going well.

Then the villainous group known as the Combine attacked.

Things did not go so well for Wally after this point…

The whole thing was handled so well, from Larcoque’s art to Waid’s character work (how Wally reacts is awesome) but most of all, to the brilliant plot twist that works as one hell of a cliffhanger.


Nice. Never read it, but it’s a great twist.

You should, Crash-Man, drop everything and just go get it. I promise you won’t be disappointed. =) Not even these few pages could paint this whole masterpiece of storytelling genius!

Best Flash story I had read in years. The Wally/Barry reunion seemed so good to be true…until this. I truly miss Greg LaRocque’s mainstream superhero work. He was one of my favorite artists when I started reading comics and was at the top of his game here.

The Mad Maple

June 7, 2009 at 4:43 am

I have GOT to get a hold of those issues.

Say what you will about Mark Waid’s work after leaving this book, but his Flash stories were some of the best of his career. (Just behind “Kingdom Come”, and just ahead of “Empire”, IMO, and I can think of a number of moments from both series that belong on this list.)

wow that was nice.

also… microwave tacos? after all Wally did that day? Linda needs to step up her cooking-game.

This was a fun storyline- probably my favorite thing Waid’s written. LaRocque was a solid, dependable artist too- though that costume he designed for Wally was spectacularly terrible.

cool moment showing once again that waid knew how the flash should be done and that Barry relized that the flash i.d can be more then the suit plus starting to do a hal jordan and lose it.

Ethan Shuster

June 7, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Wait… didn’t we learn that that isn’t really Barry? Or am I confusing this with another story?

Wow. Even with no context beyond what was provided here, this was a suitably creepy scene.

I agree, Ellis. I’ve never read this and know nothing about it beyond what I’ve seen here, but that last page was genius.

Nice touch, too, that Wally’s uniform is torn in such a way that it resembles his old Kid Flash uniform.

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Best. Flash. Story. EVER!

I don’t think anyone will ever top this storyline.

For those wondering, the story took place in Flash #73-79 and it can be found in the Flash: The Return of Barry Allen tpb which might still be around in some stores.

What about the panel with the cannon representing the villian’s erect wang?! That kinda took me out of the whole scene.

I thing Born to Run is my favorite Flash story from Waid (#62-#65, his first work on the title), but this is a very close second. I actually didn’t collect the Wally run until I saw issue #73, and very soon after reading that one I had a full run from #1 on…

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