The Flash


TITLE: "The Black Flash, Part 2"
COVER BLURB: "The Black Flash. Part 2 of 3."
DATE: August 1998


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

ASS'T EDITOR: L. A. Williams

EDITOR: Paul Kupperberg
COVER: Steve Lightle


QUOTE: "A flash of lightning is how it always ends and begins for a speedster, a flare from the energy field we all draw our abilities from telling us it's time to come home. This is where the career of the Flash was supposed to grind to an abrupt and sudden stop. Who am I to disagree?" —Wally West

SUMMARY:  Linda Park is dead, obliterated by the bolt of lightning that was meant to claim the life of the Flash. At her funeral, a powerless Wally West is inconsolable. Surrounded by famous mourners, including costumed heroes and villains alike, Wally comes to believe that the superhero lifestyle he's lived for most of his life is a meaningless and deadly game, a game that he simply isn't willing to play any longer. Without his powers, without the love of his life, Wally decides that his days as the scarlet speedster are over. Later, when Captain Boomerang launches a daring industrial robbery, Jesse Quick and Jay Garrick take over the Flash's responsibilities. Refusing to listen to the pleas of his friends and family, Wally decides to accept a teaching position in Scotland at Edinburgh University. Meanwhile, a meditating Max Mercury realizes that the Flash has not yet escaped Death. At the airport, Wally wonders how long it will take for Jay Garrick's portrait to replace his own on the Keystone City welcome sign. Moments later, time seems to stand still around him. A confused Wally questions whether or not he's regained his powers, until he discovers the Black Flash looming before him.