STOP!!! Don’t read The Flash #21!!! Ok, that was a bit overly dramatic and I’m sorry. But, since I have your attention, allow me to elaborate. Have you read Batman #21 yet? No? Go do that immediately and come back. Don’t worry I’ll wait here. If you answered “yes” or you’re returning then congratulations you already know more about what’s going on than I did. Let’s proceed.
“THE BUTTON” part two! 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!
Remember what I said about too much exposition last time? Forget it. It’s completely situational if I like it or not and this was the right situation. The Flash’s narration pulled me in more and more with each page. I know I’m not the only one with questions about all this REBIRTH business. “The Button” looks like it’s going to give us some answers. I’d say I can’t wait for the next issue but that’s not true. Batman #22, this arc’s next chapter, is the one I can’t wait for, then I’m going to be geeking out about needing The Flash #22. I almost forgot my weekly praise of Joshua Williamson. I’m not sure how he does it but I have yet to be bored with anything of his that I’ve read. Well done, sir.
With the pencil in the hands of Howard Porter The Flash #21 returns to a grittier and more detailed style that that of the previous issue. I’m going to go ahead and call it “The Batman Effect.” They’d probably make Dora the Explorer look like The Wire if Batman was in an episode. The level of deta…..is that Wally? Why is he white. Isn’t he black? I’m positive he was black three issues ago. What reality is this? The artwork is great and I’d tell you more about it but I have research to do.