Title: The Flash (2016-) #65
Words: Joshua Williamson
Art: Rafa Sandoval
Publication Date: February 27, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: “THE PRICE OF JUSTICE” part four! 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…
Gotham Girl has gone off the deep end, and now that her brother is dead…again…there’s no telling if Batman and the Flash will be able to stop her from using her powers and burning out.
The Dark Knight’s lack of superpowers is placed on display here as the Flash is responsible for most of the day-saving; and, regardless of what my inner-Bat-fan says, Batman is ill-equipped to deal with Gotham Girl and, in this issue at least, and he ends up adding additional conflict to the story rather than resolving it. Regardless of who did the heavy lifting, this crossover arc was successful in that it utilized two of DC’s top-tier heroes in a way that was entertaining and made sense. And, although I enjoyed this brief but entertaining arc, this book’s ending—its epilogue—has me eager to continue reading as the larger, overarching storyline continues to develop.
The Bottom Line:
Emotional and energetic, The Flash #65 provides a fitting conclusion to a well-crafted crossover arc.