"The Secret of Barry Allen, Part Three: Spinning"
COVER BLURB: "You Can't Stop the Top!"
DATE: January 2005
WRITER: Geoff Johns
ARTIST: Howard Porter
COLORS: James Sinclair
LETTERS: Pat Brosseau
EDITOR: Joey Cavalieri
EDITOR: Michael Siglain
Howard Porter & Livesay
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"Sitting at that meeting table, on the surface of the moon. Wearing these
bright colors. We have the powers of gods. Some see us as gods. We're just men
and women. But we need to aspire to be more." —The Flash
SUMMARY: The Flash and Zatanna, on a mission to finally
undo mental tampering that Barry Allen himself ordered years ago, track
the Top to an abandoned toy factory. The man they find reveals why Barry
brought his guilt over the incident to the grave with him; the Top is
insane, incoherent, an unstable wreck of a man living in hopeless
squalor. He lashes out, attempting to utilize his bizarre
abilities in a struggle with the two heroes before they're able to
subdue him, casting the magical spells that will at last restore the villain's
mind and end his suffering. The moment the Top regains his sanity,
however, he provides the Flash with a startling revelation concerning
other Rogues. The line that separates the scarlet speedster's ranks of
friends and foes may not be as well defined as he once thought and
trouble looms on the horizon for Keystone City's criminal underworld.
The Rogues are reeling from the unexpected death of Captain Boomerang
while, elsewhere, the reformed Rogues continue to plan the downfall
of their criminal counterparts.