2015 has seen a full year of Flash comics, two Convergence tie-in miniseries, a Darkseid War one-shot, the second half of season one and the first half of season two of the Flash TV show.
What have your favorites been? We ran a poll asking that question, and here are the results from 70 responses:
1. What was your favorite Flash comic book story this year?
|Convergence: Speed Force (Pre-Flashpoint Wally West)||22||34%|
|Flash vs. Professor Zoom (Flash #41-47)||18||28%|
|Convergence: The Flash (Pre-Crisis Barry Allen)||9||14%|
|Darkseid War: The Flash||8||13%|
|Savage Speed Force (Flash #36-40)||5||8%|
|Creation Myths (Flash Annual #4, Prof. Zoom recruits his team)||2||3%|
Judging by comments, I was expecting readers to really shy away from the current storyline. But as it turns out, the Convergence miniseries starring pre-Flashpoint Wally West and the just-wrapped Professor Zoom story in the DCYou were tied for most of the week, with Convergence pulling ahead only in the last day.
2. What was your favorite episode from the second half of Flash Season One?
|1.23 Fast Enough||20||30%|
|1.15 Out of Time||15||23%|
|1.19 Who Is Harrison Wells?||4||6%|
|1.13 The Nuclear Man||4||6%|
|1.22 Rogue Air||3||5%|
|1.16 Rogue Time||3||5%|
|1.21 Grodd Lives||2||3%|
|1.10 Revenge of the Rogues||2||3%|
|1.20 The Trap||1||2%|
|1.18 All Star Team Up||1||2%|
|1.11 The Sound and the Fury||0||0%|
|1.12 Crazy for You||0||0%|
Clear winners here were the time-travel episodes — including the season finale, which wrapped up a whole year of ongoing story arcs — and the nostalgia-fueled return of the Trickster.
3. What was your favorite episode from the first half of Flash Season Two?
|2.6 Enter Zoom||21||31%|
|2.2 Flash of Two Worlds||14||21%|
|2.8 Legends of Today / Arrow 4.8 Legends of Yesterday||10||15%|
|2.3 Family of Rogues||7||10%|
|2.7 Gorilla Warfare||6||9%|
|2.9 Running to Stand Still||6||9%|
|2.5 The Darkness and the Light||3||4%|
|2.4 The Fury of Firestorm||0||0%|
|2.1 The Man Who Saved Central City||0||0%|
Viewers were clearly impressed by the first direct encounter between Zoom and Barry Allen.
4. Who is your favorite new character in Flash Season Two so far?
This was a free-form question rather than multiple choice, so I’ll summarize the top responses:
|Harry / Earth-2 Harrison Wells||15|
“Harry” Wells is the clear front-runner here. I was surprised to see Jay Garrick and Patty Spivot tied, which shows how well Patty works with this cast. Some of the other write-ins included Hawkgirl (2), Vandal Savage…and strangely, Barry Allen and “Flash.” Yeah, I’m a little confused about those last two.
5. Who are you most looking forward to seeing in the second half of Flash Season Two?
Again, this was a free-answer question, so I’ll summarize the top responses.
|Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash||7|
Lots of anticipation for Wally West (no surprise there!) as well as finding out more about Zoom. Mirror Master’s also way up there, as the last high-profile Rogue yet to be seen. (The Top was part of the core group in the Silver Age, but has only appeared sporadically since then, and while Dr. Alchemy and Abra Kadabra are major Flash villains, they’ve never been part of the Rogues proper.)
Other responses included Jesse Quick (2), Killer Frost (2), Alan Scott, Tar Pit, Jay Garrick back in action as the Flash, Max Mercury, Barry breaking the time barrier by himself, and new Rogues.
So how about you? If you missed the poll, sound off here! If you answered, go into more detail. What do you think about your fellow fans’ choices?