He also operates as a lone superhero in his hometown, Blue Valley, Nebraska, when not partnering with the Flash.This costume was later altered (in The Flash #135 (1963)) to one that would make him more visually distinctive.During the 1985–1986 miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths, Barry gave his life to save the Earth when destroying the antimatter cannon that was aimed at Earth.Initially unaware of this, Wally was coaxed by Jay Garrick into assisting the heroes against the Anti-Monitor's forces.Those changes were quickly followed up and 1987 saw the publication of a new Flash comic, initially written by Mike Baron.These stories focused not only on the Flash's superhero exploits, but the state of Wally's wealth.A difficult encounter with a particularly vicious foe, the first Reverse-Flash (Eobard Thawne).Thawne had been killed by Barry Allen shortly before Allen's death, but this version of Thawne was from a time period before he originally became Allen's enemy- also served to increase the speed of the character, forcing him to push past a psychological block he had placed on his powers.
Wally took up the mantle of the Flash following the death of Barry Allen from 1986 to 2009 in DC's main lineup.
His physical appearance is generally a redhead with green eyes, and is generally portrayed with a lighthearted, comical, and caring personality.
Wally has an important role as the Flash in DC Rebirth (2016).
West won a lottery, This modified costume altered the visual appearance of the traditional Flash costume, with a belt made of two connecting lightning bolts meeting in a "V" at the front (where Allen's costume had a single bolt in a horizontal band), removal of the wings from the top of his boots, a change in the material of his costume, and opaque lenses added to the eyes of his cowl.
This modified design utilized elements of the costume designed by artist Dave Stevens for the live action television series The Flash.
In the DC Rebirth, The Flash (Wally West) wears a red and silver costume and generates white lightning to show the Speed Force is inside him more than ever before.