The Flash


TITLE: "A Short Drive With Friends"
COVER BLURB: "Runaway!"
DATE: April 1989


WRITER: William Messner-Loebs
PENCILS: Gordon Purcell
INKS: Larry Mahlstedt
COLORS: Carl Gafford
LETTERS: Steve Haynie
EDITOR: Barbara Kesel & Brian Augustyn
COVER: Gordon Purcell & Larry Mahlstedt




QUOTE: "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.