The Flash


TITLE: "Hitting Bottom"
COVER BLURB: "Wally West Trashed by Flash"
DATE: August 1988

WRITER: William Messner-Loebs
PENCILS: Greg LaRocque
INKS: Larry Mahlstedt
COLORS: Nansi Hoolahan
LETTERS: Steve Haynie
EDITOR: Barbara Randall
COVER: George Perez


QUOTE: "I lost my super-speed. Now, Red Trinity does the jobs I would have done. I wonder if you're still a super-hero if you don't have super-powers?" —Wally West

SUMMARY: Wally West is facing difficult times. In the aftermath of a battle with the immortal Vandal Savage he's lost all trace of his super-speed powers and, perhaps just as devastating, he's lost every last penny of the fortune that afforded him an affluent lifestyle. The tribulations ahead serve to exacerbate the conflict between Wally's married girlfriend, Tina McGee, and his overbearing mother, leaving the powerless hero interested in distancing himself from both women. Wally moves into a rundown apartment, attempting to adjust to a new lifestyle while receiving a helping hand from friends new and old. Meanwhile, Velocity 9 addicts across New York state are killing themselves as they face the depletion of their drug supplies following Savage's disappearance. Wally is met on the street by such a speedster, a crazed and violent man wearing the costume of the Flash, who bears a message of menace from Savage. The former hero is left beaten, bleeding, and broke with a grim understanding of the havoc that greed has wreaked upon him.