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There is a lot of bad blood between some Marvel and DC people and partially it has to do because when one writer/artists editor gets fired or angrily quits one company the other hires them and then they tend to shit talk the rival company. The other because Quesada pissed off DC in the early 2000's.
Mark Waid for example hates the current DC higher ups and they don't seem to like him because for some reason Mark Waid is banned from the DC offices that said he also claims in that tweet that DC cancelled his FLASH BY MARK WAID trades that reprinted some of his Flash comics but that's not true they came out
In particular Waid doesn't get along with Didio and Bill Jemas, the latter because he fired Waid from Fantastic Four when he was working at Marvel (Jemas is now working at DC).
Funny enough there's also a very old Newsarama interview where Newsarama asks various comic writers and artists their thoughts about the then finished Civil War and about Cap's death. Waid who was working with DC got interviewed and he talks bad about Civil War because of how Cap was handled and killed. Then mentions how he never really cared about Iron Man.
On the bright side Bendis loves Geoff Johns and vice versa, so much they used to do Marvel and DC panels at cons together.
That said DC has a policy about trash talking I believe so that's why you never see the DC people talking shit about the Marvel people as much (you certainly don't see Didio, Johns and Jim Lee doing it though).
How to Get Into Comic Books (13:40) | Patrick Willems
Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Do you seek quality storytelling or encyclopedic superhero knowledge? Plan to collect? Do you have the time/money to read 50 or 500 comics per character?
Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally start to see the big picture. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t always ideal starting points. Creative teams change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told.
Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained/complete stories. You will encounter unexplained references/characters/events—just keep reading or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled interconnectedness of shared-universe comics overwhelm you.
Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Avoid over-analyzing—just start reading. Do you prefer old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Character/plot -driven story? Explicit content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t get a reference? Make that your next read.
The main thing that new Flash readers often learn is that Barry Allen in the comics is barely anything like his portrayals in any other media. A lot of what makes the Flash interesting was created for the Wally West era, so my essential Flash reading list tries to balance both Flashes:
This is everything that's worth reading. The Wally stuff is a lot better than both the Barry and Bart stuff.
The Flash by Mark Waid
The Flash by Morrison/Millar (This takes place in the middle of Waid's run)
The Flash by Geoff Johns
To gain a bit of context for why Wally is the Flash for these runs, Barry is dead. He died saving the Universe in the pages of Crisis on Infinite on Earths which you can pick up, but it's dense in terms of material. Mark Waid’s run is currently being reprinted. There are currently 2 total volumes with a third on the way. The first book is a bit slow but is important because it has Born to Run which is an origin story for Wally. Morrison/Millar’s run is a bit ridiculous in terms of feats of power and features the Black Flash. Johns run is a bit more grounded, and takes less of a focus on world threatening issues and more focuses on the backstories of villains and stuff like that. Mainly character driven stuff. These 3 runs are also responsible for modern Flash canon. They introduce the Speed Force and almost every evil speedster.
For Barry Allen
Flash Rebirth (2009) by Geoff Johns
Flash Dastardly Death of the Rogues by Geoff Johns
[Flashpoint by Geoff Johns] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1401233384/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1480633753&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=SY200_QL40&amp;keywords=flashpoint&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=61e0-Dt31zL&amp;ref=plSrch)
New 52 Flash volumes 1-4 by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato
The rest of the New 52 is really bad, do not get it. Flash Rebirth (2016) has been pretty fun, but a bit disappointing at the start, but it's gotten a lot better. But still, I heavily recommend getting the Wally West volumes above.
Impulse by various authors is a great series from what I hear. Personally I haven’t read it but various well informed Flash redditors have said it’s great. Just don’t read Flash Fastest Man Alive. It’s not good.
A few miscellaneous stories include
The Brave and The Bold by Mark Waid a story about Barry Allen and Hal Jordan for 6 issues at different points in their life. I haven’t been able to find a physical copy.
This whole series is a team book that features Wally as the Flash
The current Titans by Dan Abnett heavily features Wally. Especially this first trade.
Green Lantern v3 issues 66-67 a short arc between Kyle Rayner Green Lantern and Wally West. It’s their first one on one team up and it’s a cool story that ignites their rivalry.
All-Flash #1 sets up Wally as the Flash after Bart’s tenure as the Flash (Do not read it) and is a cool, cool story that shows Wally at one of his lowest points.
The Wild Wests by Mark Waid (Flash vol 2 #231-237) is a story that isn’t close to as good as Waid’s initial run but it’s still good in my opinion. First story with Wally as a dad and it tries to establish a new status quo for the Flash. Then Waid leaves DC. Also, it has cool art.
Both Young Justice by Peter David and Teen Titans by Geoff Johns feature Bart in a main role
They're starting to reprint it in December.
In case anyone doesn't know...
They apparently won't be in the warehouse for much longer!
I would recommend starting with Mark Waid's Flash series which has Wally West as The Flash. Mark Waid has done some of the best Flash stories there are and it's quite easy to start because they are all collected in trade paperbacks.
The order would just be:
The Flash by Mark Waid Book One. Flash #62-68, Annual #4-5, Special #1.
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Two. Flash #69-79, Annual #6, Green Lantern #30-31 and #40.
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Three. Flash #80-94 will be released on October 11 this year. Just a day after Flash Season 4 begins.
If you want a fresh start without worrying about prior continuity, go with the New 52 run. If you're wanting to start reading because of the Flash TV show, start with either Mark Waid's run or Geoff Johns's Flash Rebirth mini-series since the show pulls most of its inspiration from those two.
Flash by Mark Waid (upcoming) but I think it might be delayed
Flash by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar
Flash by Geoff Johns, Book 2, Book 3
As for team books, he shows up in New Teen Titans as Kid Flash and in JLA as Flash
Here for Barry
The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice (Rebirth) https://www.amazon.com/dp/140126784X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_n2T-AbKHMJG1K
Here for Wally
The Flash by Mark Waid Book One https://www.amazon.com/dp/1401267351/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_x3T-Ab6VJAQXX
Looks like it's going to be republished
The Flash by Mark Waid Book One
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Two
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Three
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Four
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Five
The Flash by Mark Waid Book Six
The Flash by Geoff Johns Book One
The Flash by Geoff Johns Book Two
The Flash by Geoff Johns Book Three
The Flash by Geoff Johns Book Four
The Flash by Geoff Johns Book Five
The Flash by Geoff Johns Book Six (stars Barry Allen)
How to Get Into Comic Books (13:40) | Patrick Willems
Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Reading primarily for enjoyment or encyclopedic knowledge? Collecting? Have the time/resources to read 50 or 500 comics per character?
Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t necessarily ideal starting points. Writers change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. Remember, there are many great characters, creators, publishers, etc. to explore.
Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained, complete stories in one corner of the universe. There will be unexplained references/characters, just persevere or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled web of shared-universe comics overwhelm you. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally see the big picture.
Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Don’t get stuck preparing/over-analyzing, just start reading. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t understand a reference? Maybe read that next.
OK Great! Here are some starting points for you.
Mark Waid Flash - Wally West
Morrison And Millar Flash - Wally West
Geoff Johns Flash - Wally West
Geoff Johns Flash - Barry Allen
Manapul And Buccellato Flash - Barry Allen
Williamson Flash - Barry Allen
Yeah that's Johns'. Book 3
Considering that you're a big fan of the Flash, you should absolutely be reading The Flash by Mark Waid. It's being republished in trades currently, there are 3 out so far.
The Flash by Mark Waid Book One https://www.amazon.com/dp/1401267351/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_z8UIAbC0EFWYH
And yes you can, they're reprinting the entire run. Book One's out already and Book Two comes out in May. So you can just get it and binge through the series, there's a lot of content.
Waid's Flash is considered the greatest run of the character, and book one is coming out this December, https://www.amazon.com/Flash-Mark-Waid-Book-One/dp/1401267351ecember
I have to say; many, many people consider wally west to be "their" flash. Barry was dead for over 20 years. During that time, Mark Waid wrote flash. Recently DC has been releasing book collecting his run. The first book in that series is a great opening for anyone wanting to start flash ("The Flash by Mark Waid: Book One")
If you wanna stick with just Barry Allen, I'd suggest the Flash: Rebirth from 2011. Dealing with Barry Allen's resurrection, this book introduces flash back into the DCU but still has some deep Flash lore not suitable for new fans.
If you want a physical copy, Mark Waid's run will be reprinted starting in September
If you can't wait and want to read digitally, Mark Waid's run starts with issue #62, with the storyline "Born to Run" — it's a retelling of Wally's origin, so it's an easy place to jump in.