The Flash


TITLE: "The Once and Future Flash"
DATE: August 1993


WRITER: Mark Waid
PENCILLER: Greg LaRocque
INKER: Roy Richardson

LETTERER: Tim Harkins
COLORIST: Gina Going

ASST. EDITOR: Ruben Diaz
EDITOR: Brian Augustyn
COVER: Ty Templeton




QUOTE: "History tells of several men who bore that fabled name. To my mind, one led the pack: Barry Allen, who gave his life to save the world. His was a soul pure and noble. He, of all heroes, deserved in recompense for his sacrifice a long and prosperous life. The tragedy of his plight had always moved me." —Eobard Thawne

SUMMARY: The Flash faces off against his evil counterpart, the Reverse Flash, as the shocking story behind the inexplicable return of Barry Allen is revealed in all of its paradoxical intricacy. Time traveling in the hopes of meeting his hero, future fanatic Eobard Thawne was unprepared for the raw power of those destructive currents that make-up the timestream. The obsessive madman, already possessing the powers of a speedster and physically altered to resemble his idol, materialized in the present day only to discover that he is destined to one day become the scarlet speedster's greatest foe. The knowledge of his fearful future history was both soul-crushing and psychologically destructive, and the amnesiac supervillain found himself desperately adopting a new identity—the identity of the beloved Barry Allen! Now, aided by the prophetic knowledge bestowed by a memoir transported from the future, Wally West must defeat this renegade Flash in order to preserve both the timeline and the reputation of his forerunner. The young hero refuses help from the likes of Max Mercury, Johnny Quick, and Green Lantern, insisting that this is a battle he must fight alone. The ensuing violent, super-speed brawl between the Flash and the Reverse Flash nearly destroys what is left of the Flash Museum. To defeat the Reverse Flash, save Central City, and restore the memory of Barry Allen, however, Wally West must at long last overcome the very fears and insecurities that have long constricted both his will and his powers!