Alright, it's been quite a while since I last posted something about the DC Universe. I got inspired to get back to it because of the CW's series "The Flash", which is, for a CW series about the DC universe, freaking awesome!
So, yes, this is my take on the Flash in my "infinite" treatment of the DCU. You'll note I didn't take that many liberties with the design. Unlike the other concepts, I didn't use photos as references, because let's face it, I just can't paint a satisfying mask that way,
On to the characters, it should be obvious, but here they are:
Far left: The Flash
Barry Allen, forensic officer for the Keystone Police Department (I've always found the name Central City just as ridiculous as Green Lantern's Coast City), is struck by lightning through a shelf of chemicals. Against impossible odds, he survives and his body changes, gaining superspeed and access to a raw power of the Cosmos, the Speed Force. Assuming the nickname of WWII hero Jay Garrick, Barry becomes the Flash and fights crime in his city. He is a founding member of the Justice League.
Middle: The Flash II:
Nephew of Barry's fiancée, Iris, high school student Wally West was on a trip to Metropolis with his class, visiting STAR Labs, when the probes from Brainiac attacked the facility, causing the particle accelerator to malfunction and causing a rift in the fabric of the Universe. Exposed to the rift, Wally was rescued by Flash and Superman. Given Speed powers by the accident, Wally began adventuring with his 'Uncle Barry' as Kid Flash and went on to found the Teen Titans with Dick Grayson (Robin), Kaldur (Aqualad), Donna Troy (Wonder Girl) and Roy Harper (Speedy/Arsenal). When his uncle went missing, Wally chose to slip on the boots of the Flash, to honour his legacy.
If I chose to integrate certain elements of the Young Justice cartoon in my continuity (Like the characters of Kaldur and Artemis Crock), I do not adhere to their notion that Wally is not as fast as Barry. In my story, Wally has been in direct contact with the Speed Force. While Barry can tap into it, Wally is a living conduit of it. But people, including himself, were fooled by the fact he had to learn how to use his powers and appeared to be struggling with his speed. But once he becomes the Flash, he realizes his limitations are only in his mind and then, the sky is the limit. He becomes the fastest being in the Universe.
middle right: Impulse
Born in the future from the children of a time displaced Iris Allen, Bart is Barry's grandson. His whole metabolism is affected by living in the wrong time. When he finally manages to travel back to a more suitable time frame, he overshoots and ends up in the time of the League, when his 'Uncle Wally' is the Flash. Feeling unworthy of the Kid Flash mantle, he chooses the name Impulse. Bart's power are roughly the same as Barry's, but deep within, Bart has the potential to go beyond all the speedsters.
The picture was done entirely in a combination of Photoshop CS3 and Painter 12. I hope you'll like this.