a Straw in a Hurricane"
Purcell & Larry Mahlstedt
"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."
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.