The Flash


TITLE: "The Comfort of a Stranger"
The Comfort of a Stranger"
DATE: October 1989


WRITER: William Messner-Loebs
PENCILLER: Greg LaRocque
INKER: Larry Mahlstedt

LETTERS: Tim Harkins
COLORS: Glenn Whitmore
EDITOR: Brian Augustyn
COVER: Greg Larocque & Larry Mahlstedt




QUOTE: "You guys are gonna fight now, right? On account of you really like each other, but you're on different sides. But a super-villain made you misunderstand, so now you gotta fight. So now you're gonna fight for about an hour an' then you'll realize that you got a common enemy an' then you'll be life-long friends! Pretty neat!" —An observant youngster sums up Piper and Flash

SUMMARY:  An obsessed madman who has dubbed himself the Comforter, tainted by painful experiences in Gotham City, is dispensing death to the homeless in New York. Powered by a dangerous suit given to him by an unknown supervillain, his self-appointed purpose is to cleanse the streets of any and all derelicts and to provide them with what he perceives as the comfort of death. Attempting to understand the brutal killings are Linda Park, the Pied Piper, and the Flash, though their strong personalities bring the reporter, the activist, and the superhero into conflict with one another. The trio will have to put aside their arguments and their egos to collectively prepare a trap that will ensnare the Comforter and put a stop to the senseless slayings.