In S02E10 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, we finally get to see Black Flash – the one entity we were waiting for, since so long. We, here at The Noob Knows, try to answer some of your pertinent questions regarding Black Flash.
1. Who is Black Flash? Was he present in the comics?
The Black Flash fulfills the role of Death for those who possess super-speed, returning them to the source of their powers: the Speed Force. It was reportedly seen before the deaths of Barry Allen and Johnny Quick; Max Mercury, having had several near-death experiences, also saw the Black Flash.
Black Flash first appeared in Flash Vol 2 #138 (June, 1998).
2. How is Black Flash related to the Arrowverse?
In the Season 2 finale of CW’s The Flash, the Time Wraiths arrive during the episode’s climactic scene and finally catch up with Zoom, the season’s prime antagonist. As they drag him back through an interdimensional portal, his flesh started getting torn from his face, leaving him with the skeleton-like appearance that Black Flash usually sported in the comics. Here’s the scene to remind you.
3. Why is Black Flash chasing the Reverse Flash?
This episode reminded us that Reverse-Flash ceased to exist after Eddie Thawne took his own life in Season 1 of The Flash. Barry brought him back during his actions that caused the Flashpoint timeline, but that has since been mostly corrected again, and Thawne exists only as a time aberration.
He’s desperate to find the Spear of Destiny on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to rewrite reality so he can stick around. The problem is that he has Black Flash on his tail, possibly because the Speed Force figured it needed something more formidable than the Time Wraiths to catch the rogue speedster.
4. What is a time aberration?
Aberrations, also known as temporal aberrations or historical aberrations, are massive alterations of the existing timeline. They are generally prompted by the efforts of time criminals, disrupting the flow of time with anachronistic weaponry, meta-human abilities and other factors that could change the course of events, which slowly cements and affects a timeline’s future.
5. What can we expect next?
In the promo of the next episode, we see that Thawne is alive and having a chat with Rip Hunter.
6. How is Black Flash related to Savitar?
We may not see Black Flash in full capacity for some time. But if we do, Savitar may end up being the first speedster Zoom kills as Black Flash. That’s one way the writers could incorporate Black Flash into Season 3, have Black Flash take down Savitar. If Black Flash’s agenda is the same as the comics, we can’t imagine he’d be cool with Savitar going around killing speedsters. Unless the two are somehow working together? Which is another option, but an unlikely one, considering their agendas are different. Black Flash’s job is to be the personification of death. Savitar doesn’t just want to kill Barry, he wants revenge and claims he has something “far worse than death” planned.
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