FLASH Facts: The Trial Of The Flash Part Two

Mental breakdowns, votes, and Big Sir.

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It should have been one of the greatest days in Fiona Webb’s life. After a string of bad relationships with murderers, Fiona found herself a good man in Barry Allen. She loved him, and he loved her as much as he could, but Fiona knew Barry’s heart was still with his first wife, Iris West. No matter what Fiona did, she would never match up to the newspaper reporter who was murdered, and she knew it. She took the sadness that this knowledge created and buried it deep in her mind. She wore a beautiful white gown and sat in the church waiting for her soon to be husband.

But he never showed.

Fiona Webb stood outside the church and waited hopelessly for the man she loved. Surely he wouldn’t leave her there. Not after all she had been through - the boss trying to murder her and her previous love being a vigilante who liked to melt people before he got himself killed - not after all that would Barry Allen leave her alone on the day they were to be wed.

And as she waited, a church full of friends and family sitting silently, Fiona Webb saw two blurs rushing towards her. The closer blur was yellow, the one close behind it red.

In the blink of an eye, the blurs came into focus. The yellow blur was Reverse Flash, his arm stretched out reaching for her. The red blur was Flash, his arm wrapped around his enemy’s throat and he was screaming “NOT AGAIN!”. There was a snap.

And the light went out of Reverse Flash’s eyes as Flash let the yellow suited man go. Eobard Thawne, a time traveler with an endless gripe against Central City’s greatest hero fell face first to the ground, his head inches away from Fiona’s feet.

This was supposed to be one of the greatest days in Fiona Webb’s life. Instead, it was the day she went mad.

For reasons that, if we’re being honest, make no sense, Flash decided that it was best if he let his life as Barry Allen end. After being released from jail, Flash headed to his apartment and quickly packed a few things. A few days later the police, along with Barry’s parents (pre-Flashpoint, Barry’s parents were both alive), would find the apartment in disarray - as if it was ransacked. The bowtied slowpoke was missing.

Unlike the police and his parents, Flash’s teammates in the Justice League didn’t have much trouble finding him. Against his wishes, Barry was teleported to the Watchtower, the JLA satellite that orbited Earth. It was time for Flash to face his first jury - the one that would decide if he would remain a member of the greatest superhero team ever. The team got to work quickly, each of them stating their stance in front of Barry.

Aquaman cast the first vote - for the King of the Seven Seas, Flash had gone too far. There was no place on the League for a killer.

Firestorm was next. While he has never killed anyone, the newest member of the team believed that Flash was surely left with no other option. He should stay on the team.

Green Arrow cast the third vote, and the second in favor of keeping Flash on the team. GA had, after all, killed in the line of duty once before, and understood the weight of the action.

Wonder Woman, believing that Flash’s act would forever damage the reputation of the JLA, voted to remove the speedster from the team.

Hawkman, the Thanagarian police officer, was trained to handle any situation without killing. Having the skills himself to never kill, he believed that Flash should not have killed. Hawkman voted to kick Flash off the team.

The sixth vote was cast by one of Barry Allen’s closest friends. Elongated Man not only knew how Reverse Flash had killed Barry’s first wife, he was at Barry and Fiona’s wedding. He saw firsthand what had happened and believed that his friend has no choice but to kill Thawne.

Tied three to three, the decision came down to the final member of the Justice League, Superman. Superman weighed all aspects of what had happened. He laid out the facts, explained his beliefs that a hero should never kill, and then finally, after taking TWO ISSUES (that’s sixty days of Flash readers waiting to find out what Superman would do) to get to it, gave his answer - Flash should remain a member of the League.

And after all that, Flash laid out his feelings - “I hope none of you take offense... but try to understand… the current status of my Justice League membership isn’t exactly the uppermost problem on my mind these days. Maybe you’ll see me at the next regular meeting - - and maybe you won’t”.

Flash left the Watchtower and quickly found himself saving a guy who looked a whole lot like Jay Leno wearing a fake mustache. The guy, Peter Farley, just happened to be Barry Allen’s old college roommate and would end up becoming Flash’s lawyer for the trial. Along for the ride was Cecile Horton, Peter’s partner.

As Flash and his lawyer planned for the trial, the Rogues went to work on a city that was torn apart. Rainbow Raider went on a crime spree. Pied Piper destroyed the Flash Museum and brainwashed influential people to speak out against Flash - including having the mayor of Central City go on live TV to denounce our hero before taking his own life (don’t worry, Flash stopped the mayor from committing suicide). Piper also blew up Cecile Horton’s home trying to kill her. Piper was a real jerk during all of this, pushing Flash to do something he would really regret later.

Finding Piper’s hideout, Flash beat the hell out of the b-level baddie before destroying every musical invention Piper ever created. Seeing his obsession being destroyed before his very eyes, Piper suffered a nervous breakdown. For the other Rogues, this meant war.

The Rogues got together and decided that the best way to beat Flash was to really beat Flash. They took a very large mentally disabled man known only as Dufus and gave him a power suit. Dufus, given the supervillain name Big Sir, was sent out to kill Flash, and he nearly did.

With a swing of his spike covered mace, Big Sir completely destroyed Barry Allen’s face.

To be continued…