Climbing through the Flash Family Tree

On January 21st, 2015, /u/Cyber85 asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

Can you also explain the flash family tree because there are so many flashes and I get confused on which is which.

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The Flash family and then some!

OK, so this is a bit of a big one so we’re going to break it down into stages to make it more manageable. We’ll be covering three main areas:

  1. The New 52 Flash Family Tree(s) – simply, by Flash standards
  2. The pre-New 52 Flash Family Tree – this is where it gets complicated
  3. Even more members of the Flash Family – yep, it just keeps going…

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What’s with speedsters, like the Flash, creating energy constructs like Green Lantern does?

On December 8th, 2014, /u/Hippieslayer555 asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

So, I read up on Flash on the DC Comics wiki, and it is stated that Speedsters have an ability called Energy Construct Creation that allows them to create objects like Green Lantern can, not exactly the same but the principle is still the same.

I’ve got to ask, I’ve read all of the New 52 series and Rebirth and I’ve never seen this ability demonstrated, do speedsters actually have this ability and how often do they use it?

Before I saw it, /u/harryboom offered this:

it was in rebirth, when barry and the rest all created new costumes out of speed force energy. it hasn’t shown up in N52

Then came my answer:

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Can the New 52 version of Flash run faster than light?

On December 2nd, 2014, /u/magnifishiv asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

New 52 Flash can run FTL right?


Well, I’m not actually sure it’s ever been stated exactly – but from this (absolutely amazing) ‘respect thread’ for the Flash of the New 52 we can see a collection of examples of his speed. The Tokyo evacuation certainly sounds like it would have to be pretty up there, not to mention the stuff above femtoseconds…

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How long was Flash in the Speed Force? (Explaining the timeline from The Flash #6-12 and The Flash Annual #1)

On November 16th, 2014, /u/kanchill asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

I have a question for anyone who’s read New 52 Flash. When they did the rouge flashback, it took place 2 years ago and in the battle Captain Cold thanks Flash for saving his sister. The second thing happened before Flash entered the speed force so was the Flash in the speed force for 2 years?

Alternatively, could someone explain the timeline to me because I’m really confused

After working out that /u/kanchill was referring to the second trade, Rogues Revolution – which collected issues #0, 9-12 and The Flash Annual #1 – I was able to answer this:

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