The Flash #21 (DC Comics)
“The Button” continues with The Flash #21, which continues the mystery revolving around the smiley face button found in the Batcave from DC Rebirth. Current Flash writer Joshua Williamson and artist Howard Porter bring some new layers to the mystery, but this issue is definitely a step down from the first installment in Batman #21.
Since the first installment was such a jaw dropper, it only makes sense for the second part of this story to slow down and delve more into the mysteries behind the Button and the Reverse Flash’s attack on Batman. Williamson does a great job of bringing people up to speed on the Flash’s history in case readers are jumping over from Batman and reading Flash for the first time, but if you hadn’t read DC Rebirth you might be left scratching your head, as Williamson makes a ton of callbacks to events that happened in that special issue. Williamson is clearly having a blast peppering more clues about the mystery of the button to the readers, and pairing Batman and Flash on the mystery. The two characters work so well that I’m surprised they haven’t teamed up more often. Williamson also showcases a piece of Flash history that I was sure was gone forever, which leads to yet another jaw dropping final page.
Anyone following Jason Fabok on art is going to have a difficult time, so it’s a little unfair to compare the art in this and Batman #21. That being said, Howard Porter’s style serves the story just fine, but does look a little rushed at points, especially in the middle pages of this issue. He is able to sell the big action set pieces though, and his depiction of the Flash running through the Batcave placing evidence markers is pretty fantastic.
While The Flash #21 is definitely the “breather” issue after the huge Batman #21, there’s still plenty in this issue to justify sticking with “The Button”. I mean, the last page alone means that there’s still plenty to come from this story, and while we may not get ALL the answers behind that button by the time this story ends, it seems like Tom King and Joshua Williamson’s ride will be one that was worth taking.