Black Flash (DC Comics)

Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: Flash Vol 2 #138 (June, 1998)
Created by: Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Ron Wagner

In-story information

Alter ego: Omari Coleman 
Phonetic: blǽk flǽʃ
Translation:
Notable aliases: 
Affiliations: The Flash, Nekron
Team affiliations:
Enemies: The Flash, Darkseid, Impulse, Jai West, Johnny Quick, Superman (DC One Million), Christina Alexandrova, Wally West
Abilities: 
Base Of Operations: Speed Force

Status

Alignment: Neutral
Identity Secret:
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Citizenship:
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Occupation: Personification of death

Characteristics

Gender: Male
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Origin

Origin: 
Universe: New Earth 

History

Origin

The Black Flash essentially fulfills the same role as Death for those who possess super-speed in the DC Universe, returning them to the source of their powers: the Speed Force. It is reportedly seen before the deaths of Barry Allen and Johnny Quick; Max Mercury, having had several near-death experiences, has also seen the Black Flash. It is not clear whether the Black Flash exists because the speedster characters are simply too fast for traditional Death to capture, or as some sort of bizarre side-effect to their connection to the Speed Force.

The Battle with The Flash

It came for Wally West to draw him back to the Speed Force, but instead took Linda Park, Wally's girlfriend, into the Speed Force. It later returns to try to take Wally again, freezing time except for those who possess a connection to the Speed Force. Max Mercury, Jay Garrick, and Jesse Quick all attempt to assist Wally by distracting the Black Flash; Wally finally defeats the Black Flash by racing it to the end of time, to a point where Death would have no meaning, causing it to dissipate.

The Black Flash appears to Bart Allen (at the time serving as the Flash) when the Flash loses his powers while battling The Rogues at the Getty Center. Bart is killed shortly thereafter by the panicked Rogues when it appears he would win, even without his powers.

The Black Flash should not be confused with other personifications of death in the DC Universe, such as Nekron, the Black Racer and Death of the Endless. Although an issue of Captain Atom suggests Death of the Endless, the Black Racer, and Nekron are all aspects of the same force, Neil Gaiman (creator of Death of the Endless) disagrees with this idea, stating that his creation is the ultimate personification of Death. As such, whether there is a connection between the Black Flash and Death of the Endless is uncertain.

The Flash Rebirth

Barry Allen has recently become the new Black Flash after the old one was found "apparently dead". Soon after, the title was taken by Professor Zoom in his corpse Black Lantern form.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Superhuman Speed, Time Manipulation, Role as Psychopomp to Speedsters

Abilities

Strength level

Weaknesses

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Transportation

Weapons

Notes

It should not be confused with the other personifications of death in the DCU: The Black Racer and Death of the Endless. Although an issue of Captain Atom purports Death of the Endless, the Black Racer, and Nekron to all be aspects of the same idea, Neil Gaiman (creator of Death of the Endless) refutes this idea, stating that his creation is the ultimate personification of Death. As such, any connection between the Black Flash and Death of the Endless is tenuous, at best.
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