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Quote1.png 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.png
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Jason "Jay" Garrick is 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]


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]

Jay became a member of the Justice Society of America alongside Hawkman, Hawkwoman, Green Lantern, Wildcat and The Sandman.[4]

Spear of Destiny and Parsifal

Jay was enlisted by President Roosevelt for a secret mission to retrieve the Spear of Destiny from the Philippines before the Nazis could obtain it. He was partnered with Happy Terrill, aka the Ray, who unlike other early superheroes was a government agent who maintained a low profile and was largely unknown. Jay was awed at the prospect of finding the spear that pierced the side of Christ, although the atheist Terrill was only concerned with the Spear's strategic value. They were beaten to the Spear by a band of Nazis lead by Parsifal and captured, as Parsifal possessed the ability to negate their superpowers. The two were held prisoner and tortured for five weeks on a German warship, and although Jay was initially defiant he eventually lost hope, asking Terrill to carry a message back to his girlfriend Joan if he didn't make it.

The Ray prayed for a miracle, which was answered when lightning exploded from Jay's chest, breaking their chains and blasting the cell door open. Unbeknowst to the Ray, Jay had been possessed by the consciousness of Wally West, a successor of Jay from the 21st Century and the lightning was excess Speed Force energy. Looking out of the porthole, they realised that the ship had landed and Parsifal had handed the Spear over to Hitler, who had also been granted powers by the lightning. Wally and the Ray escaped the ship disguised as German soldiers and chased after the plane Hitler and Parsifal were leaving on. In the future, Barry Allen advised Wally to drain the Speed Force energy within Hitler into the Spear.

The two made it aboard the plane and Hitler used the power of the Spear to take control of their minds. However, when he froze Wally's mind it allowed Jay to take control back of his body. Unsure of where he was or what was happening, he ran forwards and punched Hitler in the face, breaking his command over the Ray. The Ray grabbed the Spear from Hitler and drained the excess Speed Force energy into it. The explosion of energy destroyed the plane but the Ray flew away to safety carrying Jay. Wally was back in control and asked the Ray to get Jay to a hospital before he was pulled back into the timestream. Jay awoke to find Terrill carrying him in midair and panicked, having no idea how he got there. He would retain some memories of their adventure but could not recall details besides punching Hitler in the face.[5]

Battling the Legion of Doom

The Justice Society meet their successors

In a splinter of Hypertime, Jay and the rest of the Society encounter John Stewart and Barry Allen.[6] 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.[7] He and his allies battle the Legion of Doom and the Japanese forces under their control, before Aquaman shows up.[8]

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Later Adventures

At some point, Jay and Joan would have a daughter: Judy Garrick. However, she would later become trapped on a mysterious island alongside Wing How, who was presumed dead.[9]

Jay and his history would later be largely erased from the timeline by the manipulations of Doctor Manhattan. However, Garrick would persist, stuck in the Speed Force, allowing him to avoid the changes to the timeline, at least temporarily.[1]


The Button

Exiled once more

When Barry Allen and Batman 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.[10][11][12]


Jay was restored to the timeline but had lost his memories, which he later recovered. He had also married Joan and though they didn't have kids of their own, they treated Barry and Wally as their own sons.[13][14]

The return of Jay Garrick

Wanting to talk to Barry after recovering his memories, he tracked him down using the Speed Force, but found him threatening Iris West, Avery Ho, Wallace R. West and Bart Allen. He knew the man couldn't be Barry and found that Eobard Thawne had taken control of his body, while engaging in a brawl with him and telling the others to stay back. Just at the moment when Thawne outmatched his opponent, he was struck with great pain due to Barry trying to take back control of his body. The reunited Flash Family then arrived at Central City's graveyard to stop Thawne and his Legion of Zoom recruited from various points of timelines, from taking Nora Allen's body, after getting a tip from the Trickster, James Jesse.[15]

The Tornado Twins soon attacked them but returned to their time after regaining their memories. As Thawne directed the remaining members of his legion to attack, Barry started taking control of his body back. Gorilla Grodd encouraged the other members to kill him, which would allow them to kill both Thawne and Barry, but they were stopped by Jay and the Flash family. As Barry, took back control and brought Jesse Quick as well as Max Mercury out of the Speed Force, Thawne revealed that he had far more Flash Villains across the timeline for his Legion of Zoom than they knew.[16]

As Jay and others struggled to battle the Legion of Zoom, Max Mercury meditated and brought forth speedsters from various realities to help them. As Thawne escaped after getting struck by a lightning and hearing Wally, the kids made a plan to send the Legion of Zoom back to their time by creating a shockwave frequency to do so. Jay, though reluctant, was persuaded by Max to let them do what they wanted. covered them along with the other older speedsters.[17] The Flash finally ended the threat of Thawne by grounding him and giving him part of his speed force, which removed his state of being a paradox that could avoid changes in the timeline.[14]

Death Metal

The world was soon transformed to a nightmarish landscape when the Batman Who Laughs conquered Earth 0 with the help of Dark Knights and was granted power by Perpetua to rule over it as he saw fit by Perpetua, in return for helping her. Jay and the other surviving JSA members guarded the Valhalla Cemetery where deceased JSA members were buried. Barry knew where they were and kept in contact. When Wonder Woman came looking for Batman, whom they had allowed in to recruit his undead army, he also reunited with Wally.[12]

On the run from The One Who Laughs

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.[18]

During the final stand against the Darkest Knight's army, Jay faced various villains, including a Nazi version of himself from the Last 52 Multiverse.[19].

Later that day, along with Barry, Jay fought against a Last 52 version of Wally West, who still possessed Doctor Manhattan's powers, and was killed by its blue lightnings. However, after the Hands restored Earth 0 to its Pre-Metalverse state, Jay was resurrected along with the other people killed during the invasion.[20]

Dark Crisis

Barry Allen disappeared while on a mission with Justice League Incarnate. Mister Terrific was able to track him through the Speed Force and found three alternate realities where he might be. The Flash Family gathered at the Flash Museum to go into the Force and hopefully find Barry and bring him home. The West twins ran through the portal into the Speed Force, hoping to prove that they were heroes too. Jay tried to stop them but was too late and jumped through the portal after them.[21]


  • 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.[8]
    • 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]


  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): 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] Jay admits that he was trained by Wildcat.[22]
  • 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.[23]



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