Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Flash #21 - The Button #2 ***SPOILER - Review

Story: Joshua Williamson
Art: Howard Porter

It’s time for the speedster to take the lead

We all know where Batman #21 left off, with Reverse Flash dead and batman bloodied on the floor of the Batcave. Now it’s time for Flash to investigate the crime scene in the Batcave. He isn’t really able to find much and, after speaking with Bruce about the evidence, decides to head over to The Watchtower and take the cosmic treadmill out of retirement. 

So the plan here is for Barry to follow the buttons radiation and hopefully find it from wherever Reverse Flash took it. Bruce get’s alerted that Flash was in the Watchtower and decides to come with. So the two jump on the cosmic treadmill and get to time skipping. And where they end up is a totally awesome reveal: In Bruce’s father’s batcave. And now, for the first time in comic book history, Bruce is reunited with his father. 

Oh, the feels …

So if you’ve read Flashpoint or even if you’ve read Batman comics for any period of time, you can understand how big of a deal this is. Batman is finally reunited with his father, and the next issue is sure to be an emotional roller coaster. We haven’t even gotten into the territory of Bruce finding out that his mother is The Joker in this reality. That should be interesting. 

The ole’ switcharoo

The writing teams on this did really well at switching things from a Batman story in the first part, to a Flash story in the second part, and what is sure to be a definite Batman story in the third part. I’m totally hooked and I can’t wait to see which direction the writer takes it in. 

Sum it up! 

While part 2 of The Button wasn’t as impressive of a story as the first part, it did provide a lot more narrative. We’re learning more about Batman and The Flash in this story and what those characteristics are going to mean for the larger events of Rebirth. This story is a definite must read for any Batman, Flash, or DC Rebirth fan.


Ben DuPey | NCR

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