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Quote1 I could give in to the fear and run away...But that's just it...fear is easy. Hope is hard...and I'm always up for a challenge! Quote2
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Jason "Jay" Garrick was a speedster and founding member of the Justice Society of America. As a result of Doctor Manhattan's alterations to the timeline, Jay became trapped in the Speed Force and forgotten to all.[1] After Manhattan had undone his edits to reality, Jay and the rest of JSA had been rewritten into the timeline so that they had always existed.[2]

1940

The Flash, circa 1940

The Flash, circa 1940

During the year 1940, Jay operated as the Flash in Keystone City. As a result of the altered timeline, Wonder Woman became the world's first superhero and inspired Garrick, who was amidst an existential crisis, to do more to help people by fighting the Nazis in Europe. While facing Thinker, he heard a mysterious voice that warned everyone will forget him. After defeating Thinker, he realized that he was meant to become part of something bigger.[3]

Battling the Legion of Doom

The Justice Society encounters their successors

The Justice Society encounters their successors

Jay and the rest of the Society encounter John Stewart and Barry Allen.[4] Jay expresses surprise about their being another Flash. He, the other society, John and Barry go to Pearl Harbor, shortly before is attacked by the Japanese.[5] He and his allies battle the Legion of Doom and the Japanese forces under their control, before Aquaman shows up.[6]

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Exiled once more

Exiled once more

When Barry Allen and Bruce Wayne raced through the Timestream after Eobard Thawne, Jay attempted to call out to Barry from inside the Speed Force. After finally getting Barry's attention, Jay was able to break through and use his speed to get Barry, Bruce, and himself out of the timestream and back on Earth.[1]

After getting back on Earth, Jay began slowly fading back into the Speed Force. He introduced himself to Barry, who had no idea who he was, trying to get him to remember him, as he did with Wally West. Jay told Barry that someone took everything from him and he didn't know why. Just before fully fading back into the Speed Force, Barry grabbed Jay's arm and attempted to save him from fading away, although just as he grabbed him, Jay was teleported away by a blinding blue light.[1]

Doomsday Clock

It was revealed that the Justice Society of America had been erased from history due to Dr. Manhattan causing Alan Scott's death. Since Scott was the major lynchpin behind creating the JSA, his death meant the group never existed in the first place.

Dr. Manhattan however undid his actions after getting inspired by Superman, causing Scott to survive and becoming a superhero, restoring the JSA along with Garrick back into the timeline. The team came to assist Superman in stopping the metahuman battle in Washington, D.C.[2]

Manhattan's attempt at fixing the timeline and reality failed however, as they merely re-adjusted into a new version. Jay returned to the present timeline along with other Justice Society members when Wally West, having gained the powers of Dr. Manhattan and acquiring the Mobius Chair, attempted to fix time by merging the various timelines, but he was now significantly old.[7][8][9]

Reunion

The world was transformed to a nightmarish landscape when the Perpetua and the Batman Who Laughs transformed the world into a hellish landscape. Jay and the other surviving JSA members guarded the Valhalla Cemetery where deceased JSA members were buried, and he also reunited with Barry. When Wonder Woman came looking for Batman, whom they had allowed in to recruit his undead army, he also reunited with Wally.[9]

When the Robin King later came to cemetery, they realized the Batman Who Laughs had become immensely powerful and he along with Wally as well as Barry ran through a portal created by Doctor Fate. The Batman Who Laughs, who had now gained Doctor Manhattan's powers, chased them and nearly caught up to them since the Speed Force had grown weak. The three speedsters then combined their powers to outrun him.[10]

He later came to the the rescue of Iris West and the Flash Family when Eobard Thawne threatened them after taking over Barry's body.[11]

Powers

  • Speed Force Conduit: Jay possesses a connection to the Speed Force, a mysterious cosmic force that pushes time and space itself forward. As it does this, the Speed Force creates excess energy that builds up and needs to be released. Jay, along with all speedsters connected to the Force, acts as a release valve for the Speed Force. When Jay uses his powers, he taps into that built up energy. As a conduit of the Speed Force, all aspects of Jay's physiology are accelerated and enhanced.
    • Superhuman Speed: Jay is capable of moving at incredible superhuman speeds.[1] He is fast enough to easily run across water, as well as keep up with Barry Allen.[6]
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Jay possesses reflexes far greater than a normal human being. This allows him to easily react to danger and events, and perceive the world in slow motion.[3]
    • Superhuman Agility: Jay's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to superhuman levels. This allows him to easily maneuver while moving at superhuman speed.[3]
    • Superhuman Stamina: Jay's body can handle the stress of moving at superhuman speeds for long periods of time without out getting tired or weak.[3]
    • Speed Force Aura: Jay's body is surrounded by a "friction cushion", a field of kinetic absorbent energy that protects him and anyone who is running with or carried by him from the rigorous effects of using his speed. Including friction, airborne particulate matter, heavy impacts, G-Force and the like.
      • Superhuman Durability: Thanks to his protective Speed Force aura, Jay is capable of resisting tremendous kinetic impact forces that could easily crush or kill a human, without suffering any serious external or internal injuries. He was hardly effected by the impact of a large explosion at point blank range.[3]
    • Electrokinesis: As a conduit of the Speed Force, Jay's body generates large amounts of the electrical energy that he draws from the Speed Force. This Speed Force lightning emanates off of him, especially when moving at superhuman speed.[1]
    • Enhanced Senses: The Speed Force grants Jay enhanced senses that allow him to perceive the world at a rate attuned to his reaction speed.[3]
    • Time Travel: Jay is able to use his speed to travel throughout the timestream. He used this ability to bring Barry Allen and Bruce Wayne out of hypertime and back in time before they had entered the timestream.[1]

Abilities

  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): Jay is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, being able to utilize his speed and fighting capabilities to easily defeat groups of armed enemies.[3]
  • Throwing: Jay is able to throw his signature winged helmet with pinpoint accuracy and utilize it as a ranged weapon during combat,[3] and can even ricochet it off of multiple opponents.[12]


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