The Flash


TITLE: "Blitz Conclusion: The Final Race"
COVER BLURB: "Blitz: The Conclusion!"
DATE: September 2003


WRITER: Geoff Johns
ARTIST: Scott Kolins

INKS: Doug Hazlewood
COLORS: James Sinclair
LETTERS: Ken Lopez
EDITOR: Joey Cavalieri
COVER: Scott Kolins



QUOTE: "I didn't push you hard enough. You're still pulling your punches. We'll skip right to the final exam, then. Your wife must die! You know how to stop me. Like Barry stopped Thawne. Do it or her blood will be on my hands, Wally." —Zoom

SUMMARY: The Flash's unborn children have been killed at the hands of Zoom! Driven to solve the mystery of this Reverse-Flash's strange powers, Jay Garrick determines that the explosion of the Cosmic Treadmill has granted Hunter Zolomon the ability to manipulate time, a trait that allows him to mimic incredible speed. After developing a profile on the former police profiler, the Flash sets out to bring an end to this madman's murderous quest. He's accompanied by Jesse Quick, who calls out the equation from which her powers are derived in order to grant Wally a powerful boost in speed. The fastest man alive is now moving so fast that time seems at a standstill, and he's able to confront Zoom on equal footing. Their epic battle takes them around the world over a dozen times and is fought in less than a single second. In the end, the Flash forces Zoom into contact with one of the unstable time windows that are the byproduct of his powers and the villain is shocked into suspended animation. With a motionless Zoom safely incarcerated at Iron Heights, Wally returns to comfort his wife and makes a solemn resolution. Later, as a grieving Wally stands before a monument honoring his predecessor and vows to give up his superhero career, mentor and protégé are reunited once more. Barry Allen has returned from the future to summon the spirit of another hero: Hal Jordan! Now possessed by the spirit of redemption known as the Spectre, Jordan has the power to grant Wally West what he most desires in order to protect his loved ones. In a moment of sudden and incredible change, the world is made to forget all that is known about the identity of the scarlet speedster.