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Post-Crisis Flash:

Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn Era, Part 1 (1996-1997)

For the epilogue to “Race Against Time,” Mark Waid was joined as co-writer of Flash by Brian Augustyn. Augustyn would remain as co-writer for the remainder of Waid’s run. The two also co-wrote a number of specials during this period. Meanwhile, Waid continued as solo writer of Impulse, although that title and Flash never had another crossover.

As Waid was nearing 70 issues on Flash, he decided to take a year off. This would allow Waid to focus on other projects, then return to Flash with a fresh perspective. Instead of a giant storyline, Waid and Augustyn concluded this period with the three-part “Hell to Pay,” a memorable storyline that followed up on Waid’s own Underworld Unleashed crossover. Waid left Impulse at about the same time, although he wouldn’t return to that title.

DC handed Impulse to former Flash writer William Messner-Loebs. For Waid’s year off, Flash would go to the team of Grant Morrison and Mark Millar. For the event, DC publicized September 1997 as “Flash Month,” soliciting Morrison and Miller’s first two issues, alongside Messner-Loebs’s third issue of Impulse (#31).

As part of the celebrations, DC also offered two specials: Speed Force #1 and Flash Secret Files #1. Waid and Augustyn contributed to these, which included a story teasing what they planned to do upon their return. As part of Flash Month, DC also offered Flash’s first graphic novel ever: The Life Story of the Flash, written by Waid and Augustyn. It purported to be the biography, written by Iris West, that had been discussed in the pages of Waid’s Flash since issue #75. It was an impressive and artistically ambitious coup. Because of Waid and Augustyn’s involvement, this flurry of material really constitutes the end of this period, prior to Waid and Augustyn’s year-long break.

Flash Annual Vol. 2 #9

written by Peter Tomasi; cover by J. H. Williams and Mick Gray; published by DC Comics

Impulse Annual #1

“Speed Force” -- 38 pages

  • written by Steve Vance; pencils by Mike Parobeck; inks by John Nyberg
  • participates in the “Legends of the Dead Earth” theme of DC’s 1996 annuals

first issue; published by DC Comics

Flash Vol. 2 #119

written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Nov 1996

Robin Plus #1

“Dashing Through the Snow” -- 38 pages

  • written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; pencils by John Royle; inks by Rob Leigh
  • teams Robin with Impulse

first issue; included here because, in addition to starring Impulse, this issue was written by Flash’s regular writers; cover by Mike Wieringo and John Dell; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Dec 1996

Flash Plus #1

“Doorway to Nightmare” -- 38 pages

  • written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; pencils by Eduardo Barreto; inks by Gerry Fernandez
  • features Nightwing

only issue; cover by Eduardo Barreto; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Dec 1996

Flash / Green Lantern: Faster Friends #2

“Faster Friends, Part 2″ -- 48 pages

  • written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; pencils by Val Semeiks; inks by Chipp Wallace

final issue; continued from Green Lantern / Flash: Faster Friends #1; cover by Dave Johnson; published by DC Comics; softcover; prestige format; cover-dated Mar 1997

Flash Vol. 2 #120

written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Dec 1996

Flash Vol. 2 #121

written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Jan 1997

Flash Vol. 2 #122

“Running Away from Home” -- 22 pages

  • written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; pencils by Paul Ryan; inks by John Nyberg
  • Wally leaves Keystone

cover by Mike Wieringo and Jose Marzan Jr.; published by DC Comics; cover-dated date: Feb 1997
Flash Vol. 2 #123

“The Flash of Two Cities” -- 22 pages

  • written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; pencils by Paul Ryan; inks by John Nyberg
  • Flash’s first day in Santa Marta

published by DC Comics; cover-dated Mar 1997
Flash Vol. 2 #124

written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Apr 1997

Flash Vol. 2 #125

written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; published by DC Comics; cover-dated May 1997

Flash Vol. 2 #126

written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; published by DC Comics; cover-dated June 1997

Flash Vol. 2 #127

written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; published by DC Comics; cover-dated July 1997

Flash Vol. 2 #128

written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Aug 1997

Flash Vol. 2 #129

written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Sept 1997

Flash Annual Vol. 2 #10
published by DC Comics
Impulse Annual #2

“Showdown” -- 17 pages

  • written by William Messner-Loebs

“Thunder in Mesa City” -- 35 pages

  • written by Tom Peyer

final issue; promoted as part of “Flash Month” (Sept 1997); cover by Glen Orbik; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Nov 1997

Speed Force #1

only issue; written by Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn; promoted as part of “Flash Month” (Sept 1997); published by DC Comics; cover-dated Nov 1997

Flash Secret Files #1

first issue; written by Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn; promoted as part of “Flash Month” (Sept 1997); published by DC Comics; cover-dated Nov 1997

The Life Story of the Flash

only issue; written by Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn; art by Gil Kane and Tom Palmer art; this book, done in illustrated prose, is Iris West Allen’s biography of Barry Allen, first mentioned in Flash Vol. 2 #75; solicited as part of “Flash Month” (Sept 1997), though published in the month following; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Dec 1997

NOT IN ORDER

Impulse #13

“Water Rat”

  • written by Mark Waid
  • a fun story about popularity

published by DC Comics; cover-dated May 1996
Impulse #14

“Faith” -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Waid
  • features Trickster and White Lightning

published by DC Comics
Impulse #15

“Trust”

  • written by Mark Waid
  • features Trickster and White Lightning
  • continues from Impulse #14

published by DC Comics; cover-dated July 1996
Impulse #16

“Running from the Past” -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Waid
  • continues from Impulse #15
  • tells the story of Max Murcury’s affair in 1948, how Helen is his daughter, and why Max chose to come to Manchester

published by DC Comics; cover-dated Aug 1996
Impulse #17

“Quicker than the Eye”

  • written by Mark Waid
  • Zatanna appears

published by DC Comics; cover-dated Sept 1996
Impulse #18

“Virtually Wasted” -- 22 pages

  • written by Martin Pasko; pencils by Anthony Williams; inks by Wayne Faucher
  • story focuses on VR

cover by Humberto Ramos and Wayne Faucher; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Oct 1996
Impulse #19

“A Game of Spew” -- 22 pages

  • script by Tom Peyer; story by Tom Peyer and Mark Waid
  • a dream story

published by DC Comics; cover-dated Nov 1996
Impulse #20

“First Base” -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Waid
  • a baseball story
  • Impulse has his first kiss

published by DC Comics; cover-dated Dec 1996
Impulse #21

“A Little Knowledge” -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Waid
  • the Legion of Super-Heroes appear

the letters page includes a letter by Julian Bukalski; published by DC Comics; cover-dated Jan 1997
Impulse #22

“Played” -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Waid

published by DC Comics; cover-dated Feb 1997
Impulse #23

“Lessons Learned” -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Waid

published by DC Comics; cover-dated Mar 1997
Impulse #24

“Reunion” -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Waid; pencils by Humberto Ramos

published by DC Comics; cover-dated Apr 1997
Impulse #25

“You and Me Against the World” -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Waid

published by DC Comics; cover-dated May 1997
Impulse #26

“Scorched” -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Waid
  • back in the present, Impulse finds Max and their belongings gone

published by DC Comics; cover-dated June 1997
Impulse #27

“Fight for Your Right to Party” -- 21 pages

  • written by Mark Waid and Ruben Diaz
  • features a sit-in to protest a curfew for kids

the letters page includes a letter by Julian Bukalski; published by DC Comics; cover-dated July 1997
Impulse #28

“Arrowette Vs. the Spazz” -- 23 pages

  • written by Tom Peyer

published by DC Comics; cover-dated Aug 1997

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