Short Drive With Friends"
Kesel & Brian Augustyn
Purcell & Larry Mahlstedt
"Ah—Ah—My stomach—Unh... Failed... My speed is gone...
Stolen by Abra Kadabra or Weather Wizard or somebody... Got to be
faster... Faster... Faster... Faster..." —The Flash imposter
SUMMARY: The Flash is missing, presumed dead. His last,
astonishing burst of speed has left behind a swath of devastation that
stretches across the country. Overwhelmed by media accusations and their
own guilt over the experiment that provided Wally West with the
superpowers that may have destroyed him, Tina McGee, Jerry McGee, and
Mason Trollbridge take it upon themselves to learn the truth of what
happened. They also vow to find the fastest man alive, if he's still
living. Their cross-country road trip to survey the destruction tests
the limits of their friendship and the trio cannot help but be
infuriated by the public's reaction to the tragedy. As they near the
crater where Wally is presumed to have literally exploded they encounter
a lunatic fantasist wearing his own cheap imitation of the Flash's
costume as well as a morbid tourism trade capitalizing off the death of
the superhero. What the impact crater itself seems to prove, however, is
that the Flash did not die at the end of his catastrophic run.
Somewhere, somehow, Wally West is still alive.