A few days ago IGN.com published an article in which they announced that DC Comics finally revealed who is faster – Superman or The Flash.
The whole “Superman vs. The Flash” concept has been around for decades, with the two superheroes racing against one another in comic books, cartoons, and even the recent “Justice League” movie.
But within the pages of the recent “The Flash #49”, the penultimate chapter of the “Flash War” story (as explained by IGN.com), Wally West has been convinced by Zoom that his children (supposedly wiped out of existence thanks to the New 52 reboot) are trapped inside the Speed Force. He wants to use his speed to destroy the Speed Force itself and free them, while Barry Allen would prefer to use less drastic measures.
“As the two speedsters race across the globe in this issue, numerous natural disasters spring up in their wake. The Justice League are forced to intervene, with Superman doing his best to catch up to the two speedsters. But even he’s forced to accept that he’s just not fast enough to outrun a Flash.”
So, it would appear that Superman is unable to run as fast as either Barry Allen or Wally West. However, that’s not where things end…
The recent second issue of the “DC Nation” publication (which is available for 25c in print or as a free digital download), also published by DC Comics, has an interesting addendum to this debate…
Josh Williamson, the writer of the “Flash War” story, helped put together a “The Great Race” speed chart showing the top 10 fastest DC Comics characters. While Wally West beats out Barry Allen at the top of the list, with Superman rating at number four behind the Reverse-Flash, Williamson makes an interesting admission…
While he stipulates that while on the ground Superman can’t match the speeds of these speedsters, he does state that “The Man of Steel is unmatched when flying in the air, able to arrive and save the day in the blink of an eye.”
So, while DC Comics may have cleared up the concept that The Flash (either Wally or Barry) is faster than Superman in a running race, Superman is faster than them both when using all of his abilities.