Friday Fights #19: Flash vs. Quicksilver

flash-vs-quicksilverCould Quicksilver beat the Flash? In the 1996 crossover, the scarlet speeder was able to very quickly (no pun intended) dispatch Magneto’s son in a hurry (pun intended). But was that what would really happen if these two were to get into a fight?

Let’s look at their top speeds. Flash can travel at the speed of light; Quicksilver can only break the speed of sound. This gives the Flash the advantage, as he’s still quicker than his opponent, without going full tilt. And being one step ahead of Quicksilver is certainly an advantage and probably the deciding factor if these two were to be in combat.

But if the two of them were in an even fight, with Quicksilver not being able to use his mutant power and the Flash  not being able to tap into the Speed Force, things would be a little different. Flash seemingly doesn’t have any significant hand-to-hand combat training, and I’m sure that Quicksilver has, being part of all the black ops teams he’s been a part of over the year.

So we’ll say it this way:  in a race and the open world, the Flash. In a boxing ring, Quicksilver.

 

Just make Barry the Blue Lantern already!

With Mattel’s DC Universe Classics Wave 17 being the Rainbow Lantern wave, I’ve come to a realization. Barry Allen should be the Blue Lantern of sector 2814. After all, he’s the embodiment of Hope–the emotion that powers the blue power ring.

Barry is a product of the Silver Age. He’s upbeat and positive. That is what makes him stick out in the modern DC Universe. He’s eternally optimistic; Barry always thinks that things will work out for the best. He was never the brooding, grim and gritty type like Batman. He wasn’t the socially conscious one; that’s Green Arrow. Instead he was the one who believed in himself.

If hope is defined as being the feeling that something desired may happen, Barry gave a whole universe hope during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Barry believed he could stop the Anti-Monitor’s cannon from destroying the multiverse, and that is ultimately what he did.

He gave his life to the hope that he could stop the Anti-Monitor, and that act of selflessness inspired the other heroes and gave them the hope to stop the Anti-Monitor once and for all.

Now that Barry is back in the land of the living, he doesn’t need to be the Flash any more. Wally does a good enough job at that. Here’s to making Barry the Blue Lantern…full time.

Of course, I do think that Flashpoint will throw a wrench into my plans 😉