The Flash


TITLE: "The Black Flash, Part 1: The Late Wally West"
COVER BLURB: "The Black Flash. Part 1 of 3."
DATE: July 1998


WRITER: Mark Millar
INKS: Chris Ivy
COLORS: Tom McCraw

ASS'T EDITOR: L. A. Williams

EDITOR: Paul Kupperberg
COVER: Steve Lightle


QUOTE: "Running in that cosmic race with the fate of the entire world hanging in the balance put everything in perspective for me, Jay. I swore to myself I'd marry Linda if I ever made it back to Keystone. And here I am. Besides, getting married is what Flashes do, right?" —Wally West

SUMMARY:  Whilst deconstructing a potentially dangerous motorcycle attack at super speed in San Francisco, Wally informs Jay that he has at last decided to propose to Linda, the love of his life. Despite being preoccupied with his happy decision, however, the Flash soon realizes that something is wrong. It's snowing in San Francisco—in the middle of April! Abnormal weather patterns are occurring across the globe, and the culprit seems obvious. The Flash wastes no time in tracking the Weather Wizard to a desert in Mogadishu. Before the Rogue can protest he is brutally subdued. The Flash soon regrets the cruelty of his haste, however, when Mark Mardon explains he was attempting to use his weather wand to revitalize a dying ecosystem. Elsewhere, Max Mercury is disturbed to discover a mysterious black blur in a recent photo of Wally and his friends. Max instantly recognizes the anomaly as the Black Flash, a specter of death he once encountered long ago. The Black Flash is the form taken by death to claim the lives of speedsters and his appearances have marked the passings of Barry Allen and Johnny Quick. While Max and Jesse Quick race to save their friend, assuming that his life is near its end, their efforts may only ensure that death instead claims the Flash's future fiancé!