The Flash


TITLE: "Like a Straw in a Hurricane"
COVER BLURB: "Takeoff!"
DATE: March 1989


WRITER: William Messner-Loebs
PENCILS: Gordon Purcell
INKS: Tim Dzon
COLORS: Michele Wolfman
LETTERS: Janice Chiang
EDITOR: Barbara Kesel
COVER: Gordon Purcell & Larry Mahlstedt




QUOTE: "She smelled the heat and felt the terrible power and remember when Barry Allen had been the Flash they had always said he could run through anything like a straw, driven by a hurricane, could penetrate an oak tree. But they never said what happened to the straw." óLois Lane

SUMMARY:  Powerless once more, now completely without his super speed, Wally West turns to his closest friends for help in becoming a superhero again. While he has constant support from caring friends and an overprotective mother, he can't help but feel he's been robbed of the one thing that gave him purpose and made him unique. For Wally's life to have meaning he must be the Flash. Fortunately, Tina and Jerry McGee have a plan. Although they understand almost nothing about the accident that allowed Wally to become the fastest man alive they intend to recreate it. Wally's more than willing to take the risks, too. In a specially constructed chamber, Wally is doused with a mixture of chemicals and charged with electricity. The results are almost instantaneous. Overjoyed, the reborn speedster dons his scarlet costume once more and prepares to depart for a humanitarian mission to Los Angeles. The instant the Flash begins to run, however, the landscape explodes with unexpected cataclysm. Tina, Jerry, and Mason are thrown by a horrendous blast of heat and wind, as if struck by a sudden and terrible tornado. Nearby windows are shattered by a sonic boom. All that remains of Wally West is a deep, flaming swath dug into the earth that extends from the test site to the horizon beyond.