The Flash


TITLE: "The Human Race, Part Two: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"
COVER BLURB: "The Human Race. Part 2 of 3."
DATE: May 1998


WRITERS: Grant Morrison & Mark Millar
PENCILS: Ron Wagner
INKS: John Nyberg
COLORS: Tom McCraw

ASS'T EDITOR: L. A. Williams

EDITOR: Paul Kupperberg
COVER: Steve Lightle


QUOTE: "My name is Wally West an I'm the Flash. Wearing these yellow boots is like a dream come true because I'm the fastest man alive and there's nothing, repeat nothing, I can't handle. Sound convincing? Good, because running into the heart of a black hole, I need all the moral support I can get." —The Flash

SUMMARY:  The Flash is being forced to run an interstellar race by ultra-dimensional alien gamblers, and at stake is the continued existence of the planet Earth and all of its inhabitants! The racetrack created by his unimaginably powerful captors takes Wally West on a path throughout space-time. One moment he's running alongside the primitive Neanderthal ancestors of the Guardians of Oa, the next he is escaping the shockwave released by the exploding planet Krypton. The Flash finds himself running from the creation of the universe to its end, facing black holes, hostile planets, sentient stars, and more. All the while the scarlet speedster remains in contact with Linda Park and the rest of the human race via a fourth-dimensional real time radio link. His opponent, the radio lifeform known as Krakkl, has survived six such races, and Wally begins to suspect that the alien is able to tap into an unending energy supply almost as great as the speed force itself. The fastest man alive is convinced that he and his homeworld are doomed, that his collapse and defeat are imminent, when Krakkl chooses to confess a painful secret that may well save the planet Earth and its people.