The Flash


TITLE: "Presidential Race
Chapter One: Circular Logic"
COVER BLURB: "Presidential Race!  Part 1"
DATE: December 1996

WRITER: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
PENCILS: Paul Ryan
INKS: John Nyberg
COLORS: Tom McCraw
EDITOR: Paul Kupperberg
COVER: Mike Wieringo & Jose Marzan Jr.


QUOTE: "Whew.  The score still stands.  Flash, 563... Assorted lunatics, Nada... and everyone walks away clean." —the Flash

SUMMARY: The Flash finds himself at an overcrowded Keystone City political rally, protecting independent presidential candidate C. Jacob Cartwright from a bevy of angry opponents.  Hardly a supporter of the disturbingly conservative Cartwright, the Flash finds himself once again at odds with local politics when Keystone's mayor informs him he is no longer welcome in the city.  Meanwhile, Wally's friend the Pied Piper encounters a spinning child's toy bearing a message from a long-dead villain: the Top!  Piper, viciously fighting Cartwright's campaign with his own alternative lifestyle interest group, is convinced that the presidential hopeful he opposes and the undead Top he shares past criminal connections to are one and the same, and he's willing to go to any lengths to make others see things his way.