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One of the most interesting things that the Wally West Flash series did was the the Rogues, the loose assortments of villains that had plagued Barry for years, and retconning them as... well, a sort of family, a dysfunctional family but they a bond between them. Originally they had little in common with each other, other than they bought their costumes in the same place and were united in their hatred for the Flash.

I'm still preparing my Serpent Society history post, but I found this in my LJ gallery lelarly having intended to post it at some point, but I don't think I ever did, so here is another take on villainous relationships, before it became somewhat friendlier, for a given value of friendship of course, as via cary bates and Carmine Infantino, we find out how the Rogues originally handled the death of "one of their own"

Eobard Thawne was the original Reverse-Flash, he was most notable for murdering Iris Allen (It didn't take... eventually), and then later trying to kill Barry's then new fiancée Fiona Webb. It was whilst defending Fiona that Barry snapped Thawne's neck, killing him (more or less permanently, or at least for an impressively long time). We take up the story almost immediately afterwards...

(Worth noting that Carmine Infantino, who is still with us at the grand age of 86, was associated with The Flash for over 30 years, designing the Barry Allen Flash in 1956, and drawing the last four years of the book from 1981 to 1985. His style is instantly recognisable and though not always my favourite, he always has a special place in my heart from my childhood. The inking here, from Dennis Jensen,  is amongst the best I've seen on Infantino's work.)

And how do certain elements take the news?

It's not just in Gotham that the ordinary cops on the beat must occasionally wonder what the hell kind of a job they've taken on.

Please note this is also before most attempts to "humanise" the villains, or make them particularly sympathetic, also many years before the Pied Piper came out of the closet.

Ouch! Like I said, these are not particularly well balanced individuals.


And thus started "The Trial of the Flash", a story which more or less literally put the nail in the coffin of Barry Allen, but that's a post for another day, by someone who cares about it more than me.


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