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Pop-art moments: Pick nearly any panel from “The Fast Life.” Writers Mr. Waid and John Rogers offer a tale that ties the various incarnations of the Flash with the planet Savoth while further explaining the West family’s problems. The story gives Mr. Braithwaite a remarkable chance to draw all of the various speedsters and some wild Savothians set in an alien landscape. Check out the S’Kidd Flash.

Read it or leave it? Flash needed an intense adventure to give him a shot at being restored as one of the major players of the DC Universe. Mr. Waid put all of the pieces in place but opted for more silly than serious.

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