Sunday, January 23

Flash just weaponized Deadpool’s power like never before Marvel

DC Comics reveals that Flash has the power to see beyond the fourth wall, Deadpool-style, with the help of DC’s own Doctor Strange.

Warning: Contains spoilers for The Flash # 776!

While the fourth most famous wall breaker in comics is undoubtedly Marvel’s. dead Pool, DC Flash he’s about to give the Merc with Boca a run for their money. Deadpool, one of the few characters with the unique power of “comic book consciousness,” is keenly aware that he is a fictional character in a comic book, completely at the mercy of his writers. But in The Flash # 776, Wally West is granted the same power, via the DC equivalent of Doctor Strange: Doctor Fate.

Deadpool initially didn’t break the fourth wall at all; was created by legendary writer / artist Rob Liefeld in 1991 as a simple mercenary with twin katanas and a striking red and black costume design. It wasn’t until the mid-2000s that other writers gave him his irreverent style of humor along with his trademark ability to point out flaws and idiosyncrasies in his own writing. I would even acknowledge the reader from time to time, but Doctor Fate goes one step further and actively asks the reader to help him.

Doctor Fate drags Flash into a cave, who informs Wally that the two are trapped in a two-dimensional causeway and «… it will depend on you to guide us. To help us pass «. When Flash doesn’t understand how he can help, Doctor Fate corrects him, points at the reader, and yells. “YOU! The reader of this book! Our destiny is in your hands. At various points in the story, Doctor Fate insists that the reader rotate the book clockwise, counterclockwise, and eventually the other way around, changing gravity within the world of the comic. Doctor Fate and Flash even climb from panel to panel, evading monsters on each page.

As an outside observer, the comic book reader rarely acts within the book. From a Doylist perspective, of course, the reader is no; the pages have been printed long before the reader bought a copy. The book also doesn’t account for a digital copy of the problem (Doctor Fate doesn’t tell the reader to turn on a phone, tablet, or laptop, for example). However, this is potentially one of the strongest powers in comic book lore, showing that while Deadpool is content to joke about the meta-nature of his existence, Doctor Fate and Flash actively use the reader to achieve their goals. objectives.

With Doctor Fate opening Flash’s eyes to the fourth wall, Wally West is now aware of the world beyond the confines of his universe. The episodic nature of Flash’s current run does not necessarily mean that Wally remind this encounter, however. Nevertheless, dead Pool he no longer has a monopoly on breaking the fourth wall … because that honor now belongs to the Flash.

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