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Mister Terrific Gives Wally West the Perfect Job for His Alter Ego

In The Flash, Wally West just ventured into the job market and secured a job that’s perfect for the Fastest Man Alive with the help of another hero.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Flash #772, on sale now from DC Comics.

Ever since getting his life back on track following the events of Heroes in Crisis and Dark Nights: Death Metal, Wally West has been happy to spend time with his wife Linda and their children, Jai and Iris. But he’s caught by surprise when he discovers just how expensive life can be outside of being a hero.

Now, the Fastest Man Alive is forced to find a line of work that actually pays him for his service, and he ends up with a perfect position thanks to a fellow member of the superhero community, Mister Terrific.

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In The Flash #772 by Jeremy Adams, Will Conrad, Alex Sinclair & Steve Wands, Wally heads out into the work environment looking for employment. But — in a touch similar to Sam Wilson’s discovery in the Disney+ series The Falcon & The Winter Soldier — the Flash finds out that being a superhero can make normal financial challenges all the more difficult. Despite his multiple interviews, Wally only ends up with one offer: taking up his old work as a mechanic. In the Post-Crisis DC Universe, Wally spent some time in a similar position and initially seems excited to return to such a field, even if the specific shop he used to work at has been replaced by a coffee shop in the present day.

Instead, he finds work with Speed Lube, where his attention to detail ends up annoying his impatient customers. But that’s when he’s approached by fellow hero Michael Holt, aka Mister Terrific. The genius hero reveals to the Flash that he’s actually bought the chain of mechanic shops that Wally has found a job with (on top of a host of other businesses in Central City) and that he wants to fire Wally from the garage. Instead, he offers Wally a potentially far more important position as a member of his company Terrifictech’s brain trust. As a trained engineer and natural problem-solver, Mister Terrific wants Wally to bring a fresh set of eyes to his labs. It also gives the heroes someone in the same company to work alongside and, in case of emergency, call upon for a quick assist.

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It’s quietly a perfect position for Wally, especially now that he’s returned to being the Flash full-time. Because of his place within the hero community, Mister Terrific has the confidence in Wally to let him run free, giving the Flash plenty of room to grow both professionally at the company and personally as a hero. Thanks to Mister Terrific already knowing the truth behind Wally’s alter-ego, Wally has an easy out to always get away and use his powers, and can always claim that “his boss” has him on special assignment.

Mister Terrific is also one of DC’s most wealthy figures and is able to offer the Flash a large wage to come work for him. Although he’s initially hesitant — recalling his reluctance to ask for a “hand-out” from one of his wealthy friends — Wally is won over, and ends up taking the position with Terrifictech. It’s a great fit for Wally (especially now that he’s taken on a more important heroic role in the DC Universe and is aware of Mister Terrific’s place with the Totality), and likely a much nicer boon financially for his family than the far more average wage he’d be making tending to cars. If the Flash needs a job, then working with Mister Terrific on exploring the multiverse is an ideal fit.

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