"The Black Flash, Part 2"
"The Black Flash. Part 2 of 3."
L. A. Williams
"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.