10 Notable Career Changes Of Famous Comic Book Characters
10. Barry Allen Bartender
Its one hell of a switch to go from being a forensic analyst to a bartender, let alone a bartender at the bar where all your enemies hang out. At the beginning of the New 52, Barry accidentally opened a portal to the Speed Force while battling Captain Cold (although he later found out Turbine was responsible for these portals). The portal sucked in reporter Iris West and several others who had been trapped on the wreckage of a boat that Cold had damaged. Barry, as Flash, told coworker Patty Spivot earlier that Barry was safe on the wreckage with the others, so naturally she and others thought Barry perished with them when they went through the portal. After unsuccessfully attempting to rescue Iris and the others from the Speed Force, Barry eventually found his way back to Central City. With everyone believing him dead, he decided to move to the neighbouring Keystone City to take on a new identity. He promptly got a job at a bar that the Rogues frequented, which allowed him to keep tabs on what the crooks were up to. His speed and knowledge of chemistry made him a great bartender as well, and he even concocted some new drink for the customers. However, once the Gorilla City arc ended and Iris & Co. were freed from the Speed Force, Barry used the opportunity to resurface was given his forensics job back. Barrys career change didnt last long, but it was ingenious for him to work where all of his enemies hung out on their downtime. Never mind that Barrys speed makes it so people never have to wait long for their drinks (as long as theyre not watching him closely), but if any of the Rogues started to get out of hand, Barry can zip out and Flash up to stop the fight. It may not pay much, but bartending takes advantage of Barrys speed quite nicely.
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