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TNTM: Abra Kadabra on Flash TV series

Abra Kadabra is the new Flash Villain It’s not hard to see that the CW rolled the dice on super-hero TV shows… and it has paid off big time for them.

First they had Arrow based on the Oliver Queen character from Green Arrow. Then they brought in the Barry Allen version of the Flash.  They even developed their own show with an ensemble cast, Legends of Tomorrow.

Heck, they even picked up a discarded super-hero show from a rival network and incorporated it into their DC Comics TV Universe.

The Flash in the DC Comics world has quite an extensive rogues gallery.  The TV show has been doing a pretty good job of introducing a lot of the classic Flash villains.  One of those bad guys will be making his premiere on the show very soon.  Later this season we will see David Dastmalchian portraying iconic Flash villain, Abra Kadabra.

Who is Abra Kadabra?

Abra Kadabra made his first comic book appearance in THE FLASH #128 (1962).  Citizen Abra is a magician from the 64th Century.  In Abra’s time science has made stage magic obsolete.  This conflicts with his desire to be a famous performing magician.  To get around this issue he steals a time machine and travels back in time to our present day.

The “magic” he uses to impress today’s audiences and fight the Flash is actually 64th Century tech. He has no actual magical powers, though in one notable story-line, he was temporarily given the gift of sorcery thanks to a deal he made with the Green Lantern villain Neron.  Abra begins to feel his magic is being overlooked and decides to use it to commit crimes to become famous.  Every time he finds himself beaten by the Flash.

Abra Kadabra recently played a key role in the DC Comics Rebirth story-line. It was revealed he was the villain responsible for Wally West’s disappearance from the DC Universe. Wally is able to defeat Abra by forcing him into the time stream, but not before Omen (one of the Titans) was able to read his mind.  She said “I only really got one word: Manhattan.”

This along with many other subtle and not so subtle hints points to the Watchmen crossing over into the main DC Comics Universe.

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TNTM Welcome Home Wally West

Jack and Troy from geek out about Wally West coming back into DC Comics line-up during the Rebirth event.

Wally West was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino and introduced in The Flash #110. The character was the nephew of the existing Flash character’s girlfriend and later wife, Iris West.

During a visit to the Central City police laboratory where Barry Allen worked the freak accident that gave Allen his powers repeated itself. Wally was bathed in electrically-charged chemicals.

Now possessing the same powers as the Flash, West donned a smaller sized copy of Barry Allen’s Flash outfit and became the young crime fighter Kid Flash. Wally had a strained relationship with his own parents and often looked to his beloved aunt and uncle for moral support and guidance.

This costume was later altered in The Flash #135 to one that would make him more visually distinctive. The original red was replaced with a costume that was primarily yellow with red leggings, gloves, and ear-pieces.

In addition to his appearances within the Flash title, the character was a founding member of the newly created Teen Titans. Kid Flash eventually left the group to focus on school, while also continuing a part-time solo career and partnership with the Flash on a handful of cases.

The Crisis on Infinite Earths brought him out of retirement, and the death of Barry Allen gave him a new sense of purpose. Despite the risk, he took the name and costume of The Flash, and was determined to live up to the example that Barry Allen had set for the world.

After the events of Flashpoint, history was altered and the people of Earth lost all of their memories. However, Wally managed to escape through the Speed Force and avoid being lost forever.

He was able to project himself onto the New 52 Earth. He needed someone to remember him before being revived fully.  After several unsuccessful attempts to contact his friends and family Barry recognized him and returned him to life. This saved the entire pre-Flashpoint universe with him.

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