The Flash


TITLE: "Chain Lightning, Chapter One:
The Gathering Storm"
DATE: February 1999

WRITER: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
PENCILS: Paul Pelletier
INKS: Vince Russell
COLORS: Tom McCraw
EDITOR: Paul Kupperberg
COVER: Steve Lightle


QUOTE: "Jesse fought the good fight that day.  But she wasn't prepared for the depth of Cobalt Blue's evil... nor for the sacrifices our side would have to make to win.  For every Flash we found... we had to be prepared to lose one." —Wally West

SUMMARY: The Flash begins to seriously consider the ramifications of the prophecy that accompanies Cobalt Blue's powerful magic gem. The blue flame promises to burn for the next thousand years, consuming two Flashes before leading a 30th century Barry Allen to an early grave. With Cobalt Blue carefully contained in a vibrational prison, Wally races to gather his fellow speedsters in preparation for a rescue effort that will encompass ten centuries of Flashes and Cobalt Blues. Max Mercury, Impulse, Jay Garrick, and Jesse Quick are more than willing to help and race alongside Wally into the timestream of the future, guided by fragments of the Cobalt Blue gem. Jesse Quick is the first to encounter a future Flash, Jace Allen of the year 2764 A.D. Unfortunately, the Cobalt Blue of that era is more than a match for even two speedsters.

LINK: Hyperborea: The Legacy of Cobalt Blue