We’ve seen Batman fight Superman more times than we can count, and Superman will face off against Dr. Manhattan (perhaps only philosophically) in the pages of Doomsday Clock. But DC is preparing for the biggest match up of all: Barry Allen vs. Wally West. Who is the better Flash? That question will be answered in “Flash War,” an upcoming arc from Flash writer Joshua Williamson, with art by Christian Duce and covers by Howard Porter.
“Flash War” will kick off on January 31, 2018 with The Flash Annual #1. During the DC Metal/New Age of Heroes panel at New York Comic Con, Williamson said that he’s always noticed an inherent rivalry between fans of the two heroes. It looks like Williamson, who’s done terrific work The Flash since DC’s Rebirth relaunch, will take it upon himself to give Flash fans the answer they’ve been craving.
This arc spins out of the Dark Nights: Metal event, according to Williamson, but the seed might have been planted all the way back in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 by Geoff Johns and a gaggle of artists, which is the book that launched the entire Rebirth line. In that story, Wally West returned to the DC Universe after being lost in the Speed Force for 10 years as a result of Flashpoint. It gets more complicated, but the point is that Barry saved Wally and there have been two Flashes running around since 2016. Could that be about to change?
Williamson says we’ll find out by The Flash #46 which will mark the finale of “Flash War.”