The Flash


TITLE: "Chapter Two: Lightning Rod"
DATE: October 2000

WRITER: Geoff Johns
PENCILS: Angel Unzueta
INKS: Doug Hazlewood
COLORS: Tom McCraw
EDITOR: Joey Cavalieri
COVER: Brian Bolland


QUOTE: "It'll be no use their putting their heads down and saying, 'Come up again, dear!'  I shall only look up and say, 'Who am I, then?'  Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I'll come up; if not, I'll stay down here till I'm somebody else." óLewis Carroll

SUMMARY: The Flash is rescued from his prison cell by Captain Cold, the only man who recognizes the scarlet speedster for who he is. Together, they escape the fascist Keystone City Police and begin to explore a backwards world in which history as they know it has been corrupted. Cold discovers The Death of the Hero, a volume that chronicles a troubling national history. Countless superheroes have died tragic deaths since the days of the founding of the Justice Society of America, the surviving heroes have become warped and dangerous vigilantes, and the rest of America has followed in their footsteps, all because history has been robbed of the legacy of the Flash. As the powerless Wally West has come to realize, this is a world without any connection to the speed force. Whilst visiting the grave of Jay Garrick, Flash and Cold realize that they're trapped in what can only be described as a mirror world, just before being confronted by the Keystone Police and police scientist Barry Allen!