At his Newsarama blog, Grumpy Old Fan Tom Bondurant weighs in on the upcoming The Flash: The Greatest Stories Ever Told volume. In the process, he reveals some of his all-time favorite stories featuring the monarch of motion--choices that include The Flash (v.2) #54 and DC Special Series #11. Bondurant also addresses the "pure cotton-candy hype" that accompanied DC's mysterious solicitation for The Flash (v.3) #14. Could Bart Allen be about to "merge with the Speed Force more completely and become [Kingdom Come's] omni-Flash who wears only Jay’s helmet"?
The Flash Greatest Stories volume looks heavy on the Barry Allen stuff, with only two Jay Garrick stories and one Wally West--and the Wally story isn’t the one where he saves the flight attendant, so that hurts the book’s credibility right there. The previous Greatest Stories book was similarly Barry-centric, but that was understandable since it came out in 1991, right around the time of the Flash TV series. “Flash of Two Worlds” is reprinted, along with the Earth-Prime story “Flash — Fact or Fiction?”, I guess to get us used to the multiverse again. This book also reprints one of my favorite Flash stories, the 80-page “Flash Spectacular” issue of DC Special Series, so there’s that.