The Flash


TITLE: "Lost, Worthless, and Forgotten..."
COVER BLURB: "Down and Out?"
DATE: December 1988

WRITER: William Messner-Loebs
PENCILS: Greg LaRocque
INKS: Larry Mahlstedt
COLORS: Michele Wolfman
LETTERS: Steve Haynie
EDITOR: Barbara Kesel
COVER: Greg LaRocque & Larry Mahlstedt


QUOTE: "Agghhhhhhh! It's gone! Gone! There's nothing I can do! Nothing! It isn't alright! I can't make any money! We have to live in a dump! And now, I can't even stop thieves from looting us! I'm worthless!  Worthless!" —The Flash

SUMMARY: A series of uncannily unfortunate circumstances leave Wally West more destitute than ever before. The Flash finds himself down and out, living on the streets, begging passers-by for money or scraps of food. The experience, though terrifying for Wally, leads the young hero to a better understanding of the nature of homelessness and re-introduces him to the Pied Piper, a former supervillain who has taken it upon himself to feed the starving masses. A startling revelation regarding his unexpected downfall then comes to Wally when he and the Pied Piper, along with a crowd of homeless men and women, are confronted in the street by a menacing extraterrestrial that seems to be stalking the Flash.