The Flash #21-22
Written by: Tom King, Joshua Williamson
Art by: Jason Fabok, Howard Porter
Published by: DC Comics
Despite what Marvel Comics wants you to think, Secret Empire is not the best crossover of the year. Tha honor goes to DC Comics’ “The Button.” And the best part? It all happens in four little issues.
I’ve been wanting to write about this story for a while, but I thought it best to wait until I had read the 4 issues. “The Button” brought together the world’s greatest detective and the fastest man alive as they investigate the Watchmen pin found in the Batcave during last year’s DC Rebirth one shot.
Everything starts when the Reverse Flash surprised Batman in the Batcave. He goes on to beat the crap out up Batman, and I have to admit I was shocked to see this. Comics don’t shock me very often, but seeing Batman get destroyed like that was a surprise. Even Bane must have been shocked.
Then, Eobard claims he sees God and dies in an aura of blue light. The Flash arrives to find a barely alive Batman, and what little is left of the reverse Flash. After Bruce recovers (if you can call it that), he and Barry decide to run through the time stream on the cosmic treadmill, and end up in the Flashpoint universe.
The two heroes land in what appears to be the Batcave, but not the same cave they just left. Soon enough, Bruce Wayne is greeted by the Flashpoint Batman aka his father. And that just in the first part of this story!
Over the last year I’ve read plenty of Rebirth books, but I have to say “The Button” is easily one of my favorite Rebirth stories so far. This Crossover was well written by Tom King and Joshua Williamson. You can tell these two did their homework, and worked hand in hand to deliver a solid story from beginning to end.
The storyline also featured some amazing artwork from Howard Porter and Jason Fabok. Although the two artists have different styles, I thought both guys were perfect for the chapters they were assigned. Howard Porter has been around for a couple of decades now, and the man is still getting better! And what can I say about those lenticular covers? These were actually worth the price.
I suppose the one downside to “The Button” is that it doesn’t answer a lot of questions. In fact, this storyline bring ups new questions. One of those questions is whether Bruce may finally hang up the cape for good, does he still need to be Batman?
There are other questions to be asked, but you need to read “The Button” to find out what they are. All I can hope is that maybe this fall’s Doomsday Clock event by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank will answer most of the readers’ questions. Until then, I will read, and re-read “The Button” because it’s so damn good.
“The Button” score: A