The Flash #21- The Button Part 2 brings us the second part in a four part series- The Button! In part one, Batman ponders over the button, found in the bat cave some time ago (introduced to us in DC’s rebirth one shot book back in 2016). Reverse Flash appears in the bat cave do to a seemingly electric connection between Psycho Pirates mask and the button. Batman and reverse flash fight a good fight, pummeling each other to the ground, blood pouring out, when reverse flash gets a vision. He sees “God” and disintegrates to almost nothing. What or who did he see? What was powerful enough to kill him? A villain who was a speedster but also harnessed his power from the negative speed force, manipulating time as he saw fit, destroying the timeline and lives along the way. Who then is more powerful? Could it have been the Flash at some point in time, traveling back to kill Reverse Flash due to an event in the future that calls for it? Is there a force behind this, the same force that has manipulated time, taken away years from our beloved heroes?
As Flash investigates the events that took place in the bat cave, he wonders if it was in fact him who at some point in the future kills Reverse Flash. He consults with Batman and runs through possibilities.
Radiation. The Flash found traces of radiation and large amounts of rich radiation on the body of reverse flash, the same kind found on the button. Both are having visions, Batman of his father as the Flashpoint Batman and Flash with Reverse Flash and the helmet of mercury. The Flash makes a choice to use the cosmic treadmill to follow the radiation. This is the same treadmill that the Flash used to go back in time and try to stop his mother’s murder and in doing so created the Flashpoint. The risks are many. What will prevent another hole in the timeline? Can Flash control this next trip? This choice raises many questions and doubts as the likelihood of something going wrong is so high. The fate of the Justice League and world is at stake and the Flash and Batman will stop at nothing to solve and destroy whatever is behind the chaos.
Unbeknownst to Flash, Batman is right behind him, joining in the effort to find the truth. Both set out on the cosmic treadmill. As they are running they see flashes of how the Justice League “formed”; memories they do not have but are apparently the reality. Let us remember that time was stolen from the Justice League and the DC universe. We are seeing small pieces of this puzzle and mystery that we have been reading about for some time now.
They run faster and faster, trying not to be thwarted by the storm and thrown off and lost forever in time. Unfortunately they are both thrown off the treadmill and it comes crashing down. They end up in an early bat cave, and it is revealed to us that Bruce’s father is there and is Batman!
What lies in store for us? Hopefully the same momentum part one and two of The Button gave us.
With every issue, layers of information, mystery, answers to questions and more questions asked, will fill each page. We inch closer and closer to finding the truth about the owner of the button, the mastermind behind the missing time, and Flashpoint. Writer Joshua Williamson and artist Howard Porter bring us an issue you will not forget! Beautifully drawn pages with clear cut writing in such an exciting story leaves you hungry for the next book.
This is an exciting time for DC. With Rebirth establishing itself as an amazingly and brilliantly written story line, the mystery heats up with a rich and powerful look into what the hell is going on in the DC universe. The team up between The Flash and Batman, these two detectives are not holding back and pushing the limits. The truth will unfold thanks to this team. We cannot wait for the next book.
4 out of 4 hats