The Watchmen begin their invasion of the DC Universe here in this deluxe graphic novel BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON, complete with a lenticular cover!
The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and the Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party–and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
Written by breakout stars Tom King and Joshua Willamson, with art by Jason Fabok (JUSTICE LEAGUE) and Howard Porter (SUPERMAN), this crossover is one of the most-talked about events in all of comics. This deluxe edition graphic novel features a lenticular cover and collects BATMAN #21-22 and THE FLASH #21-22.
I thought Tom King and Joshua Williamson created a very good crossover so make sure you read Flashpoint then DC Universe Rebirth One Shot because this is a continuation from those. I like that DC is tying things together and that the authors made this such a fun story to read which made me feel like it was a good use of my time. The teasing of The Watchmen keyed me up as I poured through this.
We get a great opening that will draw you in which is always a plus. The fast pace and well timed action keep you flying through these stories and it becomes a pleasurable game of seeing which characters are going to pop up next within the plot. When you finally make it to the end we get a cliffhanger that will leave you feeling energized for the next issue.
Batman and Flash together – how can that not lead to an entertaining crossover for fans of the duo? The banter between Batman and Flash was done well and made their interactions humorous to read; you feel like these conversations could actually happen if they existed.
Having artwork by two different artists took some getting used to because they have very different styles and they are each inputting their own viewpoint into the art. The colors chosen were done well and helped bring the pictures to life but at times some of the art didn’t have the same level of energy I’ve seen in other pieces they’ve done. It wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t “I wish I could blow this up and put it on my wall” either.
As long as you’ve read the stories needed to get here then I highly recommend you check out this Crossover because it hits the high notes needed to inject some fun and excitement into the brand.
Thank you to Netgalley and DC Comics for allowing me to review this!
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