August Heart seemed like a good cop and man, standing by Barry and ensuring he got the care he needed after Barry was initially struck by lightning. The death of his brother, Jorge, is something he has always used to motivate his actions, using it to inspire his police work and catch other career criminals, similar to the one that supposedly got off scott free for killing Jorge. However, these selfless acts of vengeance quickly turn to selfish acts of revenge, once he was struck by lightning, by an unknown speed force storm. He took up the mantle of 'Godspeed', swearing to kill the enemies that plague his city, going to any means necessary, such as stealing speed from fellow speedsters, resulting in their deaths.
August is struck by lightning, in the middle of an encounter with Black Hole that went horribly wrong, being somewhat saved from the speeding bullet that would have otherwise hit him if not for said lightning. He almost instantly is granted speed force power, no coma necessary, and knocks out his attacker. Later, another storm hits, striking dozens more Central City citizens and creating that many more speedsters. Barry receives help from August in rounding up the bad apples of this bunch, the one turning to a life of crime and exploiting their new powers. Afterwards, they meet at a Speed force Training centre created by new speedster Meena Dhawan. This new speedster and Barry venture off to recruit more speedsters, only to discover an injured August upon their return, surrounded by the lifeless speedster criminals. He claims that a new villain, Godspeed, took their speed and killed them. Later, Godspeed returns to the training facility and kills Meena and 2 other recruits, stealing their speed. Avery Ho managed to escape and notify The Flash for help. Barry, who had romantic ties with Meena, becomes frustrated and works towards discovering who this new speedster is. He goes over all his victims, only to find ONE non speedster, the very same man who killed August Hearts brother. Barry interrogates him, and August inevitably confirms Barry's suspicions. Then, to prove a point, August races towards Iron Heights to kill the one man Barry never could, Reverse Flash, to show Barry how comforting it is to kill the men who wronged you. This ends with the help of Wallace West, as The Flash and West take him down and incarcerate him in Iron Heights before he gets a chance to kill Thawne.
Speed Force Conduit: As a conduit of the Speed Force, Godspeed's physiology is enhanced in many different ways.
- Superhuman Speed, Reflexes, Agility, Stamina, and Durability
- Protective Speed Force Aura
- Speed Force Constructs
- Lightning Generation/Projection
- Steal Speed-In the Rebirth Continuity the ability is a bit different. In Godspeed's case, he is able to forcibly remove a speedster's connection to the Speed Force, adding it to his own and increasing his speed. Due to this being a forced process, anyone he drains speed from unwilling dies as a result.
- Speed Scouts-It is, however important to note that he has a variation on this ability. Unlike Bart Allen, Godspeed's speed scouts are made by him literally splitting his being into two & becoming two entities with half the speed of the original. In addition to the loss in 50% of his speed, Godspeed cannot maintain this for long as the pain will force him to merge himself back together.
- Cyclone Generation
Note: He also ranked 8th in DC's official list of 'Top 10 fastest DC characters'.
August is shown to have shown traits of loyalty and kindheartedness until he revealed himself to Barry as Godspeed. Since then he has shown no empathy except for the drive to kill criminals and to find his brother's killer. Although he has shown signs of regret when Barry told him that the man he killed wasn't his brother's killer. He still considers himself as Barry's friend after everything that has happened between them.
The Speed Force has given August a similar costume to Barry's except for the color. August's suite is white and yellow and August wears a full mask.
August has brown eyes, jet black hair and is almost as tall as Barry.