This month kicks off DC Comics‘ Flashpoint event, so who better than to lead us off into March than The Flash himself, Barry Allen! Comic Booked is proud to present The Flash as our Character of the Month for March 2011! Since his triumphant return to comics the silver age hero has been racing all throughout the DC Universe fighting for justice! Barry is the second man to bear the mantle of The Flash, with the first being his boyhood hero Jay Garrick.
- Super Speed-
Barry’s primary super ability is his super speed which he gets from tapping into the speed force, Barry run up to the speed of light at a push but he has been shown that when the situation is needed he can run fast enough to enter the speed force. It appears that Barry can practically run at any speed
- Molecular Level of Control-
The Flash has always possessed the ability to control his speed and angular momentum at the molecular level, and control his molecular interactions to allow his body to pass through any substance. While in an intangible state, the Flash is immune to any airborne viruses and can breathe regularly. He can also vibrate so fast that light does not reflect off him, rendering him invisible to the human eye.
- Human Tornado-
By running in a circle at a certain speed, Barry Allen is able to create a vortex with a variety of affects. One effect is pulling the air away from the center in order to suffocate an enemy. Another effect is levitating whoever and whatever was in the center. Also, able to send anyone or anything into another dimension when running around them. Some other effects are acting as barriers to movement or funnels for toxic gases. Barry Allen can also spin his arms to create directed funnels of hurricane-speed winds that can knock down barriers or reduce the speed of a falling object. When putting out forest fires, what Flash does is create a pocket tornado by running around the perimeter of the area. The updraft lowers the temperature inside the funnel and raises the fire off the ground which takes away its fuel source.
- Speed Force Shielding -
The Flash’s body is surrounded by what he calls his ” Speed Force aura”. This aura protects him and anyone who is running with him or carried by him, from the effects of using his speed. This includes friction and airborne particulate matter. It also protects him from injury from high speed impacts such as punches he delivers and receives from his opponents. With this aura he is able to absorb kinetic energy. He possesses a level of superhuman resistance to injury which at times does extend far past normal physical interactions, as received from normal combat.
- Super Scientist-
Also Barry possesses supercharged brain activity, he is extremely clever and he is skilled as a forensic scientist (often using his intellect in a fight). Barry possesses the ability to alter his perceptions so that falling objects can appear to be standing still and can be caught and moved back to their normal position. He can disarm or jam any number of opponents weapons before they are even aware of his movement and can hurl small projectiles at hypersonic velocities. His ability to alter his own perception of time is so great, that if he wishes, the tick between a second can pass for millions of years. He can even push this ability to the point, that to him, it’s as if the Universe is standing still. It does not truly stand still, it is his own perception of time that seems to stand still, and his body automatically adjusts to his perception, hence, the slower he views the world, the faster his body moves through time to adjust to his perception.
- Costume Ring-
Flash, used this ring to compress and conceal his costume while operating in his civilian identity. By thumbing a small stud on the side, the top of the ring opened, releasing the costume, allowing Barry the ability to change clothes at super-speed.