In the pages of The Flash #50 by writer Joshua Williamson and artist Howard Porter, DC Comics have finally answered which Flash is the fastest, Barry Allen or Wally West. Both have a strong connection to the Speed Force and both have operated as the Flash for years, but now we know which one is truly the fastest man alive.
Warning: full spoilers ahead!
Issue #50 marks the conclusion of the Flash War storyline that pitted Barry against Wally. Naturally, it turns out their longtime nemesis Zoom was the one manipulating them against each other, and so the two speedsters joined together to stop the villain. The story reached its climax as Zoom took off in an attempt to execute his master plan, leaving Barry and Wally to give chase.
At first it appears that Zoom is too strong and they’ll never catch up, but Barry reminds Wally of the first time they raced and how Wally won despite Barry being the more experienced Flash. Barry explains that Wally was faster then because he never got bogged down in the science of the Speed Force and instead chose to have fun, cut loose, and enjoy the speed. After hearing that, Wally embraced Barry’s words and truly cut loose, not only catching up to Zoom but easily outpacing him while turning intangible to avoid Zoom’s attacks. Barry even put a button on the argument of who is faster, definitively saying, “You're Wally West… and you're the fastest man alive!”
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