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The Life Story of the Flash

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Includes Issues:Original Graphic Novel
Original Publication Dates:1997
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Lists:Comics, DC Modern Age, DC Universe, Post-Crisis
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Unique Reading Order ID: 200807031200
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TRO Database Book ID:201 [More Info]

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  1. Daniel wrote on at June 2, 2010 6:09 pm:

    I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with where you’ve put this. I mean it’s correct for where the majority of the events occur chronologically, but here’s the deal with this one:

    A lot of Flash vol. 2 featured time travel stories and such, as well as major revelations about Barry Allen’s era. Since this was supposed to be a real biography of Allen within the DCU, written in the future, (Wally obtains a copy of this at one point) it includes those incidents and as such has spoilers for some Wally West-era stories (notably “The Return of Barry Allen”) and features characters like Impulse and Max Mercury that don’t come into the DCU until much later (the last chapter “Carrying the Torch” covers Barry’s legacy upto the present point in continuity.)

    So personally I’d move this to after Race Against Time, and definitely wouldn’t want to read it before The Return of Barry Allen. But that may go against your chronology instinct too much *grin*


    Ian replied on June 2nd, 2010 at 6:15 pm:

    You’re absolutely right. Something was nagging in my mind as I was placing it again today (but I was trying to go fast) so I’m glad you caught it.

    when I first read this, I hadn’t read any of the Wally West volumes, so I didn’t catch that it was majorly spoiling them. By the time I got to them, I’d kind of forgotten this book.

    Since it would be fun to read this after seeing the characters handling their copy of the book so much in the comic, I think your placement makes a lot of sense. It works by date as well, since this book came out at some point in 1997.

    If I figure out the exact release month at some point, I might move it a little more down, but for now I think that placement works fine.


    Daniel replied on June 2nd, 2010 at 6:20 pm:


    “If I figure out the exact release month at some point, I might move it a little more down, but for now I think that placement works fine.”

    Yup — but no need to figure it out: 10/22/1997 was the sale date.


    Ian replied on June 2nd, 2010 at 6:22 pm:

    awesome, thanks again! That places it right before Emergency Stop, which I think works nicely.


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