The Flash


TITLE: "Chain Lightning, Finale: Finish Line"
DATE: July 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

THANKS TO: Marv Wolfman and George Pιrez


QUOTE: "You hated him! But I loved him! And do you know what that means? That means I win!" —The Flash to Cobalt Blue

SUMMARY: The Cobalt Blue prophecy has been fulfilled. Barry Allen is dead at the hands of his evil twin, Malcolm Thawne, and history has been drastically altered as a result. The Flash finds himself in the anti-matter universe, the only survivor of his universe, relentlessly pursued by the all-powerful Anti-Monitor. The Crisis on Infinite Earths has passed and, without a Barry Allen to make his historic sacrifice, Earth's greatest heroes have failed and fallen. Knowing he shares the guilt for this unimaginable apocalypse, Wally West races into the timestream in a desperate bid to alter history once more. The fastest man alive must relive the painful, devastating, monumentally consequential battles of the Crisis! In the recent past, he joins ranks with countless superheroes — including his own past self — in an effort to destroy the Anti-Monitor before he can seize victory. Traveling still further into the past, Wally then attempts to take Barry Allen's place in destroying the anti-matter cannon that will destroy Earth. All of these efforts end in failure and, again and again, Wally faces the end of life as he knows it. The key to restoring history, Wally soon realizes, lies in both the powers and the spirit of his revered forerunner.  The Flash will have to travel through time and defeat the obsessed Cobalt Blue himself to set things right, and Wally is well aware that he may have to sacrifice his own life to save both the universe and Barry Allen.

LINK: Hyperborea: The Legacy of Cobalt Blue