For some reason, I always remember the Flash stories I read as a kid as, well, a bit weird. Not Steve Gerber or Bob Haney weird, just... I dunno... strange.
Even as an adult, they still seem like there's more going on than what's on the surface. I mean, that cover above. What's that about?
Or this one:
Or even this:
It's a bit like Silver Age Superman, where because you have an all-powerful hero, you sidestep that restriction and give Supes conundrums to solve. Was that the case here? There's only so many stories you can tell about super-speed, so let's mess with the kids' heads a bit?
I mean, if you take as red that Reverse Flash really IS the exact opposite of Flash, don't all those covers suggest a man struggling with identity, not to mention reality?Here's another one. What the hell is this all about? Anybody? Or am I reaching for subtext that ain't there?
Maybe it's just the fact that this is all happening to a square jawed hero type, and not Doc Strange, I dunno.
One thing I do know. It's clearly these guy's favourite issue:
Or try this issue, where...Nope, I can't adequately describe this story. Really, you have to experience it for yourself.