Carlos Williams requested a Flash comics chronology. Personally, I'm not a big fan of reading a comic about someone who runs fast. The character is much better suited for TV, and the CW is doing an incredible job with the current Flash TV show, and its spin-off, "Legends Of Tomorrow". "Arrow" sucks, though.
We made it nearly four entire seasons without Barry Allen! But now, here he is all dressed in red and yellow and running quickly towards and away from things. Season four is named for a major event in the DC Universe. An event that made for a really interesting season of the actual Flash TV show on the CW, but made for a lackluster comic event. Not unreadable but certainly more eyerolly than your average Geoff Johns book.
I spend most of this entry yelling at Barry Allen (because he fucken deserves it), do not mistake this as me criticizing Francis Manapaul's run on The Flash. I think he did an admirable job, given what he had to work with.
Season Four: Flashpoint
(showrunner: Francis Manapaul)
Serial 1: Flash The Dastardly Death Of The Rogues
written by Geoff Johns, art by Francis Manapaul and Scott Kolins
Welcome back to continuity Barry Allen. Isn't it nice and calm he---Barry, Did You Murder Someone In The Future? Did you? Did you? Did you murder a rogue? Are you a rogue murderer, Barry? I know you're all like post-iceberg Steve Rogers right now, but Jesus, man, you can't just kill a rogue in the future! I'm going to have to ask you to step outside the timeline.
Rogue Future. 2 episodes
Serial 2: The Flash Road To Flashpoint
written by Geoff Johns, art by Francis Manapaul
Y'all need to stop messing with the timeline, right now, ok? Just because a girl doesn't like you, doesn't mean you go back in time and try and make a better first impression. If your mom's death was an important factor in you becoming the person you are, you can't go back and save your mom. It's real simple, assholes. Time moves forward. If you don't stop messing with timelines, they're going to break, and we're going to end up in a complicated, overwritten crossover, and nobody wants that.
Don't Cross The Timestreams! 2 episodes
Serial 3: Flashpoint, Flashpoint The Flash
written by Geoff Johns, art by Andy Kubert and others
Are you happy now, Barry? You broke the universe. Now Bruce Wayne is dead, his dad is Batman, his mom is The Joker. You Really Fucked Up. And you don't have powers now. Wait. What are you doing? You're trying to recreate the accident that gave you your powers? Barry, that's a terrible idea. Barry, watch out for the lightning. Barry! Ugh. Idiot.
Flashpoint. 4 episodes
Serial 4: The Flash Move Forward
written by Francis Manapaul and Brian Buccellatto, art by Francis Manapaul
Good going, Barry. Now we're in a Different Wrong Universe. We undid all that Flashpoint stuff, but what is this New 52 crap? I miss Wally West. You really suck at this Barry. I get that it's difficult when you're fighting an opponent who can be everyone all at once, but you deserve this. This is all the fans of comics, trying to punch you in the head for being a jackass and ruining continuity twice in a span of three years. You're lucky you've had an amazing artist drawing your adventures because you suck.
Mob Rule. 2 episodes
Episode 11: The Flash Rogues Revolution
written by Francis Manapaul and Brian Buccellatto, art by Francis Manapaul
Of course the rogues are mad at you, Barry, you've ruined Everyone's lives. Especially DC comic readers. You couldn't be more of a disappointment if you ripped off your mask and revealed you were Dan Didio all along. Now Captain Cold is being targeted by the rogues? What have you done, Barry, you sonofabitch?
Cold War. 1 episode
Serial 5: The Flash Gorilla Warfare
written by Francis Manapaul and Brian Buccellato, art by Francis Manapaul
Apes, Barry. Damn, dirty apes. And all because you dicked around with the timeline. Now the same rogues that were just trying to kill you are going to have to help you, or the whole city will be killed by non-human primates. Good, going, jackass. Charlton Heston would have kicked you in the teeth.
Kneel Before Grodd. 2 episodes
Serial 6: The Flash Reverse Flash
written by Francis Manapaul and Brian Buccelato, art by Francis Manapaul
Oh, look, another fast running dick in a brightly colored suit. I hate you Barry Allen. You and the rest of your treadmill destroying speedwalkers. Why don't you just go to Gotham and fuck up their city for a while, too. Prick.
The End Of An Error. 2 episodes
Season four is fifteen episode of Barry Allen being a complete and utter toolbag.
Carlos Williams requested a Flash comics chronology. Personally, I'm not a big fan of reading a comic about someone who runs fast. The character is much better suited for TV, and the CW is doing an incredible job with the current Flash TV show, and it's spin-off, "Legends Of Tomorrow". "Arrow" sucks, though.
During the final episode of last season, the whole speed force thing disappeared, and it seemed like the superheroes whose only powers were running fast were bound to live a boring life. How am I supposed to make a season of episodes out of this? I can't imagine they would Immediately Undo the disappearance of the speed force. Would they?
Captain Cold does his best Ray Charles impression. It's not very good.
art by Scott Kolins
Season Three: Gone Rogue
(Showrunner: Geoff Johns)
Serial 1: The Flash Fastest Man Alive Lightning In A Bottle
written by Tony Bilson and Paul DeMeo, art by Ken Lashley
With Wally West and the speed force having having disappeared during Infinite Crisis, Bart Allen, formerly Impulse, formerly Kid Flash, is just trying to live a normal life working in a factory. But when another freak accident returns his powers, Bart becomes the fastest man alive and reluctantly picks up the mantle of The Flash.
Do The Bartman. 2 episodes
Serial 2: The Flash Fastest Man Alive Full Throttle
written by Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo, Mark Waid, Marc Guggenheim, art by many
The Flash's former nemesis, Inertia, hears that Bart has his powers back and teams up with the rogues to try and take his speed away. Luckily, the bad guys never win in a situation like this.
Inertia. 2 episodes
Serial 3: The Flash The Wild Wests
written by Mark Waid, John Rogers and Keith Champagne, art by Daniel Acuna, Freddie Williams II and Doug Braithwaite
Oh, hey, look, Wally is back. And he and his family have some adventuring to do both in the DC Universe proper and on another planet. Welcome back Wally, you wacky Flash, you.
Where's Wally. 2 episodes
Serial 4: Final Crisis Salvation Run
written by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges, art by Sean Chen and Walden Wong
Final Crisis is an unreadable, continuity intensive mess that no decent editor would have allowed to be published. But there were some fun spin-off series, including this one. THe President has decided that the supervillain population is way out of hand, and so Amanda Waller and The Suicide Squad round up the worst villains, including the rogues who overstepped their bounds in Full Throttle, and ship them to their own planet, which is supposed to be peaceful buttttttt, as it turns out, it's designed to kill intruders. Whoops.
Salvation Run. 3 episodes
Serial 5: Final Crisis Rogues Revenge
written by Geoff Johns, art by Scott Kolins
Having survived their time on Salvation Run, the remaining rogues return to Keystone City and try to decide whether to disband and live peacefully or take their revenge on Inertia. This is one of the most fun villain-centric comics of all-time.
Rogue's Revenge. 3 episodes
Serial 6: Flash Rebirth
written by Geoff Johns, art by Ethan Van Sciver
Reading the aforementioned clusterflush, Final Crisis, did not adequately explain why Barry Allen is suddenly back in the DC Universe. Luckily, Geoff Johns wrote this whole miniseries explaining how all the flashes will fit into the world.
Please Barry Me With It. 2 episodes
Episode 15: Blackest Night Black Lantern Corps Vol 02
written by many, art by many
Blackest Night is mainly a Green Lantern event, but as part of the storyline, all the dead heroes and villians are revived. To celebrate it, they released some "resurrected" issues, where a creative team of a canceled book reunited to tell a story about how their book was effected by Blackest Night. This volume contains a bunch of stories from the DC Universe, including Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins telling a Barry Allen/Wally West story. Hmmm...Barry Allen, you say?
Season 3 is 15 episodes with no real protagonist.