5. Blitz (Johns/Kolins, The Flash vol. 2 #192-200)
There’s a tendency for comic creators to want to recreate stories that they’ve read and put a new spin on them. With “Blitz,” it’s clear that Geoff Johns had “The Death of Iris Allen” in mind – but the takes things a step further.
In “Blitz,” Wally West refuses Hunter Zolomon’s request to change the timestream, setting Zolomon on the path to become Zoom – a time-manipulating speedster who seems to be faster than anyone readers had ever seen before.
Johns’ knowledge of past stories enables him to bait readers into thinking that Zoom would kill Linda, thereby getting revenge on Wally, echoing what happened to Barry and rendering Wally’s one rule moot. But Johns does the unexpected and lets Linda live, injuring her badly enough that she miscarries the two children with whom she was pregnant.
It’s a brutal turn of events for Wally and Linda that firmly establishes Zoom as a major threat. And while the miscarriage would eventually be reversed, the story still stands as a major moment for Wally West.