"The Black Flash, Part 1: The Late Wally West"
"The Black Flash. Part 1 of 3."
L. A. Williams
"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!