The Flash


TITLE: "Presidential Race
Chapter Two: Down to the Wire"
COVER BLURB: "Presidential Race!  Part 2"
DATE: January 1997

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


QUOTE: "I sold Cartwright short.  I wanted him to be a monster so I could hate him... but he's not.  He is, for all his faults, that rarest of politicos... an honest man." —the Pied Piper

SUMMARY: The Flash finds himself playing the role of bodyguard once again, this time protecting independent presidential candidate C. Jacob Cartwright from one of his own best friends!  The Pied Piper is absolutely convinced Cartwright has been possessed by the reincarnated spirit of the Top, one of Barry Allen's old Rogues who has been dead for several years, and is taking radical measures to try and prove his point.  When the police begin a manhunt, Piper realizes that his jump to conclusions may be what does him in.  It is soon revealed to Piper that the Top has come back not as the presidential candidate himself but rather as Tom O'Neil, Cartwright's running mate.  Shortly after Cartwright wins the election the Top intends to murder the president using the Pied Piper's appearance and weapons to frame him for the assassination!