Ok, so I'm hearing that Flash:Rebirth is getting ready to be published and that makes me ask just one important question: What's the big deal with Barry Allen?
Why does everyone absolutely love this guy? I mean, I grew up reading all my dad's old Silver Age JLA books and he always seemed like a nice guy, but not anything special. What made him different from Carter, Ralph, Hal, Arthur, Ollie, or Ray? Honestly, any Flash adventures I ever saw where he wasn't with the league were pretty boring.
Compare this with all the old Superman books I grew up with. Superman always seemed a little campy to me, but I wrote that off as him being Superman and who's gonna compete with him? Also, compared to the Detective Comics that dad had plenty of, Flash was just silly. Of course, that was when Neal Adams was doing Batman, so maybe that's not a fair comparison.
This is my point: Name something Barry Allen did that was more heroic than what he did in Crisis on Infinite Earths. The sole reason he's so beloved by the general comic book reading populace is the fact that we've been beaten over the head with how great a guy he was. You never see anything about how he was boring and dull. All we ever see is the current heroes fawning over how great he was. And in the Crisis he was great... for three issues right before he died.
Of course none of this takes away from the amazing courage and heroism that the character showed during the original Crisis. By sacrificing the way he did, he gave the other heroes of his and future generations a standard to live up to. He was held up as the model of what it was to be heroic. But only because of how his career ended. Not because of what he did while alive. My argument is just that Barry Allen inspired more people while he was dead that he did while he was alive. Heck, even Batman agrees with me:
And you can't argue with the goddamn Batman.