Updated: See end of post! Back in 1997, Mark Waid took a break from writing The Flash so he could work on JLA: Year One. Final Crisis scribe Grant Morrison and Civil War writer Mark Millar stepped in for a year, co-writing issues #130-138, with Millar writing #139-141 solo. At the end of the year, Waid and Brian Augustyn returned with the epic “Chain Lightning.” To date, none of the Morrison/Millar run has ben collected.
The stories had a much more sci-fi take on the character than had been seen since the Silver Age, and included:
Emergency Stop (#130-132): The Flash finds his own dead body, sent back in time from the future, and has to solve his own murder. Introduced The Suit, the ultimate super-villain costume that came to life, draining those who wore it.
Flash Through the Looking Glass (#133), battling the Mirror Master.
Three of a Kind (#135): Part of a crossover with Green Lantern and Green Arrow, in which the youngest members of the Justice League try to take a vacation…only to find a trio of super-villains is on the same cruise.
The Human Race (#136-138): Wally must compete in a galactic race against his childhood imaginary friend, Krakkl of the planet Kwyzz. If he loses, Earth is destroyed. If he wins, Krakkl’s homeworld is destroyed.
The Black Flash (#139-141): Death comes to everyone, even speedsters… but this time, Death takes the wrong target. Introduced the Black Flash, who featured prominently on the cover of last year’s cover for Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #13 (remember those Dead Flash Covers?).
Now, eagle-eyed Comic Bloc poster Lee H has spotted The Flash: Emergency Stop on Amazon, coming in January 2009. There’s no official word yet, and the Amazon listing doesn’t include a page count, so it’s not clear how many of the issues will appear. We may find out soon, however: tomorrow DC will announce solicitations for September, and they usually include upcoming collected works as well.
Update (June 20): Collected Editions reports that the book does include “The Black Flash.” Whether that means the entire run is included, or just the first and last arcs, remains to be seen.
Update: It turns out that the 12-issue run is being split across two trades, Emergency Stop and The Human Race. “The Black Flash” appears in the latter.