Hello interweb, Nate here. Sorry that I don’t have the Batman Beyond Review up, but this show is just so awesome that I’m having trouble with making it short enough to keep your guy’s interest and long enough to get all my thoughts out.
With that said. I decided to make up for it by posting this Character Compare early, which is when we take to characters and simply compare them to see whose better. Obviously, today is Marvel’s Quicksilver vs DC’s Flash. The rules are below, now lets compare.
There is a 50/50 chance that your favorite character is the better character. Just because won loses, doesn’t mean I dislike that one (I actually like both of these guys), just flawed by my own observations. The characters are chosen by me and in the future maybe my readers as well. These characters are usually going to share certain traits and may or may not come from different universes.
- The winner is going to be the winner of three out of five categories: appearance, second identity, personality, powers and abilities, and the overall fame of the character
- I will begin with some important background on each character
- This is my personal opinion, if you disagree with my decision, comment below.
- I am going to focus on the comic book version of the character but if there’s something from a show or movie that stands out I may consider it as well
Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, is a mutant that debuted in the 1964 comic: X-Men #4. The son of Magneto and twin brother to the Scarlet Witch, Pietro Maximoff was adopted (I don’t think it was ever explained how he was separated by his father) and he and his sister lived in Europe. As their powers started to surface, the citizens of their town distrusted them and an angry mob attacked the two. Magneto came and rescued them, revealed to them that he was their father, and the two reluctantly joined the Brotherhood as they felt they owed Magneto. While with the Brotherhood, they did not feel comfortable with what they were doing and eventually decided to quite. Wanting to find a way to help people without taking sides in the mutant war, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch joined the Avengers.
There has been four people who has donned the mantle of The Flash. I decided to focus specifically on my personal favorite Flash: Wally West. Wally West gained his powers through the same way the previous Flash: Barry Allen, his uncle, got his powers. A lightning strike hit some nearby chemicals that spilled all over Wally. Due to his new super speed, Wally put on a smaller version of his uncle’s costume and became Kid Flash. During Crisis on Infinite Earth, Barry Allen dies and Wally West becomes The Flash in his uncle’s honor.
Round 1: Appearance
Quicksilver’s outfit tends to change based on whose drawing him. But it almost always consists of blue spandex with a white lightning bold going crossed his chest. His hair is also white, which is pretty cool in my opinion. Some other versions of him also has a blue spandex with white lightning bolts going all around the suit. He has also had a suit where it’s similar to the first one I mentioned but the bottom half is black. So while it is always blue with white lightning, the suit and design itself is kind of inconsistent. While you can always tell it’s Quicksilver, you can’t really give a general description of his outfit.
Due to the fact that Wally West was Kid Flash at one point in time, he does have two different suits; well technically three, but he has two different designs. The most famous suit that people recognizes as Kid Flash is a yellow suit that is almost identical to the flash, except he has his hair sticking out, he wears red leggings and red gloves. On top of that, the lightning bolt on his chest is red instead of yellow. His first and third suit is the same suit you would picture The Flash wearing but the first one is meant for a kid and the third one is meant for an adult. This suit is almost completely red, but he has yellow lightning bolts going across is elbows and his waist, yellow boots, and his hair is covered by the mask.
I’d have to give this one to The Flash because while both Quicksilver and The Flash has different outfits, Wally West is more consistent. You can usually tell he’s Kid Flash by his yellow outfit and that he’s The Flash by is red outfit. His two costumes basically shows which version of Wally West you’re seeing. With Quicksilver, he doesn’t really have a legit reason for his significant costume change.
Round one: The Flash
Round 2: Second Identity
Quicksilver’s identity is known to the public due to the fact that most if not all mutants that has the X-gene don’t really have “secret” identities. This is mostly due to the fact that when the mutants became known to the public, people quickly made the connections on who was who due to the prejudice around the mutants.
Wally West however does have a secret identity. The thing is, the mantle of The Flash doesn’t solely belong to Wally West. Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West, and Bart Allen all has had the title of The Flash at one point or another with Barry Allen and Wally West being the two most popular flashes. None of these guys have their identities open to the public and often did not have The Flash as their alias. As mentioned before, Wally West has been known as Kid Flash, and Bart Allen has been known as both Impulse and Kid Flash.
Now really you can’t say that someone has a “better” secret identity. But it all depends on how well that identity is hidden and if it’s not hidden than why it is well known. Also, I generally dislike one superhero alias being shared amongst several people (as you will learn in my upcoming Top 10 Most Annoying Things About Superheroes list). Due to this, I’m going to have to select Quicksilver as the winner as Pietro Maximoff has always been Quicksilver and never had to share that title with anyone.
Round 2: Quicksilver
Round 3: Personality
Quicksilver tends to be impatient and arrogant. He once stated that his powers makes time slow for him so he gets bored real fast. In X-Force Vol. 1 #87, he stated:
“Have you ever had a day where you are at the ATM and you are in a hurry because you’re running late but the person in front of you doesn’t know how to use the ATM and they’re taking forever? Now imagine what it must be like to spend every day surrounded by people who don’t know how to use the ATM.”
While I guess this is justifiable for his impatience, it is still kind of rude.
Wally West, on the other hand, is actually quite kind-hearted and really nice. Heck, he’s even friendly towards his enemies (check out video below, trust me it’s funny). He takes the time to know the town’s people and remember everyone’s name, he visits orphans on Christmas, and cracks jokes a lot (this is all in the Justice League cartoons FYI). To the point where he’s not taken seriously by some. He’s just not in a hurry to grow up.
Now I know that the Flash one the first round and Quicksilver won the second and it might feel that their just one upping each other, but Wally West is just an overall nicer guy than Pietro is. Pietro’s kind of cocky and impatient while Wally is kind and friendly. I much rather be friends with Wally, wouldn’t you?
Round 3: The Flash
Round 4: Powers and Abilities
They both have super speed. Now Flash is faster than Quicksilver. Wally West can run around the earth in seconds and use that energy to punch with the strength of a dwarf star (see video below, you only need to watch the first minute and a half to see what I mean), while Quicksilver can only run at Mach 10 at the most.
Quicksilver was originally able to run at the speed of sound, but due to the High Evolutionary, he’s able to run at speeds of Mach 10 and think at high speeds as well. He also has an unexplained resistance to friction, reduced oxygen, and kinetic impact. He’s able to spin appendages and his body so fast that he creates cyclone-strength winds.
Wally West is connected to the Speed Force, with is an alternate dimension full of energy where all speedsters from DC get their energy from. He is actually the only speedster that cannot be disconnected from the speed force, this allows him to do things other speedsters can’t such as absorbing the kinetic energy of an object, and lending or taking the speed of an object. He can even take the kinetic energy of the earth. Like all Flashes, Wally is protected by an aura that keeps him protected from friction as well as environmental consequences from moving at such velocities. Wally can vibrate his molecules so fast that he can pass his atoms and molecules through solid objects, become invisible to the naked eye, and can create mini tornadoes by spinning his arms or whole body. He can also run so fast he travels through time (not sure how that works but I have seen it in other places).
If you haven’t guessed by now, Wally is much faster than Pietro and sense speed is the only thing going for these two…
Round 4: The Flash
Round 5: Fame of the Character
Now the Flash has three and Quicksilver has one so Flash wins this character compare, but let’s finish round 5 anyways. The Flash is a very iconic character and is probably one of the better known DC characters (behind the likes of Batman and Superman of course). At the time of this post, Quicksilver isn’t that well known. I bet many of you didn’t even know Quicksilver before reading this post. While I am predicting that Quicksilver’s popularity will rise soon due to his appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avengers 2, Flash is currently the better known and more popular speedster of the two.
Round 5: The Flash
4 to 5, that means the Flash wins by a landslide.
How did you guys like my first character compare? I have a few character compares that I am planning on doing and I want you guys to decide which one I should do: Batman vs Ironman, Wonder Woman vs Superman, or Doomsday vs The Hulk?
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