Title: The Flash (2016-) #64
Words: Joshua Williamson
Art: Rafa Sandoval
Publication Date: February 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: “THE PRICE OF JUSTICE” part two! The two greatest detectives in the DC Universe take on the one cold case that will tear them apart! As chief architect of the Sanctuary program that cost so much for so many, especially Wally West, Batman will be held accountable…by the Flash! A cold case from the Justice League’s past has mysteriously re-opened, and Batman and the Flash—the only two heroes who stand a chance of cracking the case—are at each other’s throats! Our heroes must combat a demon from the past while burying their own inner demons in the process…and neither the World’s Greatest Detective nor the Fastest Man Alive will ever be the same again! But who is really pulling the strings here? And how does Gotham Girl fit into all this? Friendships will be tested and blood will be spilled in this titanic crossover event…
“Bruce was the only person who would listen to me ramble about evidence techniques and crime scene investigations. I’m still in awe of how his mind works. He’s the greatest detective I’ve ever known.”
After investigating an attack on the Flash Museum, Batman and the Flash are hot on the trail of Gotham Girl and, with the events that transpired at the Sanctuary weighing heavy on them, dividing them, it’s just a matter of time before communication breaks down and the two turn their sights on one another.
As appealing as it is to have Gotham Girl and her [dead] brother Gotham and their string-pulling, venom-dealing puppet master, as players in this game, the inner-conflict that both Batman and the Flash are dealing with is captivating, and, the thought of the two coming to blows, even briefly, is quite exciting. Barry blames Bruce for Wally’s death, but frankly, blaming Batman is always the easy way out since he, the Dark Knight that is, is often the member of our gang of superheroes who formulates the plan and ends of up calling the shots. Regardless of whether Barry is right in blaming Bruce, he does, and the conflict that this blame brings, makes for great reading.
In The Flash (2016-) #64, writer Joshua Williamson does an excellent job in taking readers in the minds of both Batman and the Flash, and ultimately, showcasing that the two heroes are more similar than once thought. As always, Rafa Sandoval produces stunning artwork, serving readers course after course of eye candy. Thanks to stunning renderings of our protagonists, and the spaces they occupy, readers are immersed in the story and find themselves standing alongside the Dark Knight and the Scarlet Speedster.
The Bottom Line:
“The Price of Justice,” though only two issues in, is shaping up to be an impressive crossover event that ties two of the DCU’s greatest detectives into a conflict driven plot. The Flash (2016-) #64 is well-crafted and makes for a highly-satisfying read.