"Wally West Trashed by Flash"
"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
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.