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The Flash Vol. 6: The Secret of Barry Allen Paperback – August 1, 2005

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When Wally West learns The Secret of Barry Allen, it turns out to be more than he wanted. After all, the main thing on his mind is why his wife, Linda, has left, apparently a repercussion of the Spectre's attempt to reestablish Wally's secret identity by wiping it from everyone's minds. That also causes problems with the Justice League, who are now wondering why they no longer know who their teammate is. And that's not even mentioning the rogues' gallery of villains plotting to bring the Flash down. The three-part title story involves a crossover with the famous Identity Crisis story line, and the moral/ethical dilemma surrounding what the League did to Doctor Light proves to be only part of the story. Collects Flash issues 207-211 and 213-217. --David Horiuchi

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Grade 9 Up–In this 10-volume collection, Wally West is once more the fastest man alive. After his wife was attacked, he was granted a secret identity. No one, including West, remembered who the Flash was. Now his memory has returned, and he must learn to accept his very public role as a superhero, as well as the past actions of the previous Flash, his mentor Barry Allen. Illustrated with lively, bright colors and dramatic, splashy pages, this entertaining blend of tortured soul-searching and flippant superhero banter should please the many fans of the Justice League. Readers new to the Flashs recent adventures may catch up with an extensive Character Bios section as well as a brief blurb covering What Has Gone Before.–Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401207235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401207236
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Secret of Barry Allen is a trade paperback collecting issues #207 - 211 & 213 - 217 in this 240 page volume, coinciding with the Identity Crisis storyline which will be arriving in a hardcover collection very soon. Wally West has been granted a boon by the Spectre to have knowledge of his true identity totally erased from the world...and not only from the average man on the street, but EVERYONE, including the JLA. This was as a result of the events of Identity Crisis where someone (can't give that away) was targeting and murdering the family members of several superheroes including Sue Dibney, the wife of The Elongated Man.

As the story opens, Wally's wife Linda has left him to have some time for herself to think about the recent events as the wife of a hero. Meanwhile the Flash has no time to rest as a parade in his honor is interrupted by several members of his rogue's gallery. Now one thing I always loved about the Flash was his colorful and somewhat eccentric lineup of villains. Only Batman can boast a more bizarre group of villains. Plunder, Trickster II, Tarpit, and Abra Kadabra bust up the parade festivities and have Wally helpless until help arrive in the form of Kid Flash and Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash.

Wally eventually goes before the JLA to find out just what happened to their memories of Barry Allen, and who is wearing the mask of the Flash now. Wally walks out on the league, leading to one of those great Superman/Flash races in shades of the Silver Age as Superman demands to know the truth and what the Flash is running from. Secrets are revealed on many levels as Wally soon learns (again apparently) what the JLA began doing to villains such as Dr. Light, essentially using Zatanna's magic to lobotomize them.
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In contradiction to the other reviewers of this book, I really enjoyed the book. The last couple of year's writer Geoff Johns is creating an epic Flash saga. This volume continues to pick up steam and I really looking forward to the pay-off of this saga in the next volume. As a stand-alone volume, the book offers a very entertaining and dramatic story. The tie-in with Identity Crisis is handled well and doesn't hinder the reading experience. This volume is not the ideal book to pick up by newbies. I suggest to take the earlier volumes like Blood will run, etc.
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This graphic novel is fantastic. It realy opens up the world of Wally West. After the loss of his two children, thanks to Zoom, Linda leaves him and it drives him crazy. This is a must have for all Flash fans. It also ties in with Identity Crisis which is pretty cool. Trust me, if you love Wally West as The Flash, just pick this one up. I also reccomend, "Rouge War" and "Blitz" Here's the best way to read these stories in order.

1. Blitz
2. The Secret of Barry Allen
3. Rouge War

If you pick them up all at once, you'll have a good 500 page read ahead of you. And it will be sooooooooo worth it.
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Tying into DC's Identity Crisis mega event, Flash: The Secret of Barry Allen finds current Flash Wally West uncovering secrets behind long time Flash rogue the Top. As Wally learns just what his late uncle tried to help do to the murderous villain, it becomes apparent that this isn't one of Geoff Johns' better ideas. Other sub-plots taking place in this trade, including the gathering of other Flash rogues to attend the funeral of Captain Boomerang, are actually more interesting than this "deep, dark" secret of Barry Allen, as Captain Cold is shown as a force to reckoned with, and a new Captain Boomerang is born. Howard Porter's pencils are solid for the most part, although they seem more cartoony than anything during fight scenes. On it's own, this TPB is worth a read, but don't expect anything special from it.
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I have mixed feelings on this book; until I read it I actually liked the Flash (both Barry and Wally) then I read it and quickly discovered how much I hated Barry Allen! I originally picked up the Flash to read the previous adventures of the Pied Piper and Trickster (I started with Countdown to Final Crisis) and wound up falling in love with the Rogues Gallery (Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, Piper, Trickster, Heatwave, Captain Boomerang, The Top, Golden Glider). So when I realized that Barry Allen (one of the most self-righteous heroes I have ever seen besides Superman) had altered the mind of the Top I was beyond furious. Especially once I continued reading and found out that the Top had done the same thing to the remainder of the Rogues including my personal favorite, the Pied Piper. Thankfully Wally restored the Top's mind but only because Barry asked him to. Of course the Top's meddling led to Trickster joining the FBI and eventually stealing Captain Boomerang's body (something he would have never done as a member of the Rogues) and even led to Trickster's death and the Pied Piper blowing up a planet (Countdown to Final Crisis). So if you're a fan of Barry Allen and want to read about heroes that never make mistakes then this is not the book for you.
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