After becoming a dominant force in the world of blockbuster movies, comic books are now ready to take over television. The invasion has already started, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow both running weekly, but soon we will also see Gotham, Agent Carter, and Constantine invade the airways as well. Perhaps the most exciting in-development project of the bunch, however, is the Flash series that is making its way to the CW.

While we first learned about the Flash TV show all the way back in July 2013, it’s only now finally on its way to our television sets (starting Tuesday, October 7) And now that it’s almost here, it’s time to deliver all of the info you need going in. This guide is built to give you all of the information you need to know about the series, so read on and enjoy

Grant Gustin as Flash
Barry Allen, The Flash
The Barry Allen version of The Flash has been in pop culture for more than a half-century, with thousands of stories told about him both individually and along with the Justice League, but we should probably just focus on this iteration of the character. Being played by Grant Gustin, Barry appeared on two episodes of Arrow in the first half of the second season where he was introduced as a crime scene investigator from Central City who has a special interest in super-powered crimes due to the fact that his mother was a victim of one. Following his time in Starling City, he returns back home just in time to get caught in the explosive blast that comes as a result of an accident involving the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator. This big boom puts Barry in a coma, but when he awakens he discovers that he has somehow been given the power of super speed, which he then uses to become a vigilante fighting for good.

Original Flash star John Wesley-Shipp will play Barry Allen's father, who was wrongly convicted for killing Barry’s mother and is in prison at the start of the show.

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