The Flash


TITLE: "Chain Lightning, Chapter Four:
DATE: May 1999

WRITER: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
PENCILS: Paul Pelletier
INKS: Vince Russell
COLORS: Tom McCraw
LETTERS: Gaspar Saladino
ASS'T EDITOR: Frank Berrios

EDITOR: Joey Cavalieri
COVER: Steve Lightle


QUOTE: "Full speed ahead. Everything's in motion. Flashes — whether they inherited their speed from the Allens or the Wests — are rocketing through time, pruning the Thawne family tree by acing Cobalt after Cobalt. And honestly? I'm proud of us." —the Flash

SUMMARY: In the 30th century, the Flash finds himself battling Professor Zoom for possession of the powerful and dangerous Cobalt Blue gem. Thawne craves possession of the gem that's been passed through his family line for generations, but after a struggle Wally defeats him, shatters the stone, and soon rejoins the speedster rescue effort that spans a thousand years and encompasses countless generations of Flashes. Iris West — Wally's future daughter, who must endeavor to keep her existence a secret from her father lest she corrupt the timeline — has been distributing fragments of the Cobalt Blue gem to Flashes throughout history as those fragments will allow them to track and defeat their corresponding nemeses. As she, Impulse, and XS move to the 30th century to look in on the doomed Barry Allen, however, they find themselves consumed by violent thoughts. The Flash arrives in time to realize that the Cobalt Blue fragments are imbuing an unexpected influence. The Cobalt Blue prophecy declares that not one but two Flashes will be consumed by the gem's power. Soon, the fastest man alive is being brutalized by an army of zombie speedsters commanded by the second hero to fall: Jay Garrick, now possessed by the evil Malcolm Thawne himself! Only one man can save the scarlet speedster now, the legendary hero Wally West was so desperate to save from the Cobalt Blue curse.

LINK: Hyperborea: The Legacy of Cobalt Blue