Review: Batman #22

The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What started as a simple investigation has been anything but sending them not through time, but into another universe…. Flashpoint!

Three issues into “The Button” and I’ve been really been enjoying the event, mainly due to the art which has been steller. But this issue is an interesting one in that I feel it’s beyond awesome in my comic book geeky nerdom, but at the same time it also feels like so little actually happens.

As we saw at the end of the previous issue, Batman and the Flash have traveled to Flashpoint where they’ve met Thomas Wayne… aka Batman. It goes about as you’d expect, but the bigger thing is… Flashpoint exists!? Writers Tom King and Joshua Williamson answer that question and more!

Yes, Flashpoint exists, sort of, I’m not giving away spoilers here, but we get to see Thomas and Bruce interact and Thomas and Flash to interact as well. Things haven’t been going well in this world and the Amazons and Atlantis have teamed up to take on Batman. Luckily Batman and the Flash are there in the nick of time. Sort of. The story is a fantastic read for those of us who are fans of Flashpoint. If you didn’t enjoy the story or world, you’ll probably not enjoy this issue. But, as someone who wanted to see more of this world, this issue feels like the perfect ending to that event and really points a “period” on it all. Just read, you’ll see.

Jason Fabok does a solid job on art bringing that world to life again and delivering the emotion that you’d expect from the meeting of Thomas and Bruce. But, what really stands out is the lettering of Deron Bennett who adds such emotion and has fun with the “whispering” that’s presented. The way some of the dialogue is presented really emphasizes what Williamson and King were going for.

This third part of “The Button” answers a lot of questions about the fate of Flashpoint and sends us off into the next chapter where we may get some answers? I’m still not convinced they’re what we’ll expect but as far as an event, each new issue adds a layer that builds upon the last and strengthens the whole.

Story: Tom King and Joshua Williamson Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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