The Button story line is back for its second part and it’s definitely one to remember for a long time. After Reverse Flash dies, Flash and Batman go to investigate into why he died, who killed him? The previous was great but didn’t reveal a whole lot, and it took place in under 2 minutes. This issue however, is more revealing and on par quality wise, or even better. Part two of this story is absolutely fantastic and it only made me more excited for the rest of the issues.
One of the things I love the most about this story so far is how it revolves around the relationship Batman and Flash, and we get even deeper into their relationship. We also get a lot of the story through Flash’s point-of-view, which makes sense because this is his series after all. Williamson does a great showing the readers how the Flash investigates the crime scene of Reverse Flash’s body, and how he works with Batman to get it done. Williamson understands that Batman and the Flash have a lot in common with both of them loving to investigate. When they work together, the dialogue is great and natural, each character has their own signature personality and Williamson doesn’t miss a beat.
Flash is determined to find out how Reverse Flash died and he goes to the Watch Tower to find the Cosmic Treadmill. Batman insists on going with him and they both go on a trip in the speed force. This sequence is plain awesome, we get to see scenes from the original pre-flashpoint timeline and it was cool seeing the heroes’ reaction to them.
The issue ends with the duo seemingly ending up in the flashpoint time after their trip. We get an awesome panel of Batman reuniting with his father Thomas Wayne for the first time since his death. I can’t wait to see how they interact with each other and how long they will be stuck in this timeline. The art of the whole issue works really well with the story and it keeps the feeling of a Flash comic.
Overall, the issue delivers on all of the anticipation after the great first part of the story. The art is really good, accompanied with great writing from Joshua Williamson. The bar is set high for the rest of the story and I think they will be able to pull it off.