The Flash


TITLE: "Down Time"
COVER BLURB: "Rough Weather Ahead for... the Flash"

DATE: November 2005


WRITER: Stuart Immonen & Kathryn Kuder
Steve Lightle

LETTERS: Clem Robins
COLORS: James Sinclair
EDITOR: Joey Cavalieri
COVER: Jose Ladrφnn


QUOTE: "Oh God... It's me. Super speed set up a molecular vibration that unzipped the side of the mountain! I can only pray it doesn't travel too far down!  Piper... Walton... Camp Two! I shouldn't be up here... in any form!" —The Flash

SUMMARY:  Eager for some down time yet seeking new and rewarding challenges, Wally West and Piper travel abroad to join a high risk mountain climbing expedition. As part of a squabbling team of diverse men and women eager to face the imposing task for their own personal reasons, the two heroes must endure mounting physical strain and worsening weather conditions. Even the scarlet speedster's metahuman physique won't offer him help as Wally discovers that he's inadvertently endangered himself in trying to fulfill his duties as the Flash simultaneous to climbing his way up the mountain's treacherous face. Two members of the team break with the expedition in order to return Wally to a safer altitude.  When weather conditions worsen and the remaining members of the expedition face impending disaster, however, the fastest man alive must don his costume despite his health to save the lives of his companions. The rescue attempt will reveal that his own thoughtless behavior may be to blame for more than one of these deadly obstacles, and that there might be a mystical force awaiting them at the summit.