Batman #22: The Button – Review

Story: Joshua Williamson & Tom King
Pencils & Ink: Jason Fabok
Colors: Brad Anderson
Publisher: DC Entertainment


Flashback to Thomas Wayne’s in the Flashpoint story; Barry Allen (The Flash) promised Dr. Wayne he would fix the timeline, Bruce would live. Present day; Dr. Wayne is still alive and is still Batman, nothing has changed, it has gotten worse. He is at war with Aquaman and Wonder Woman and ready to end it. At that moment, there is a crack and Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen appear in the Batcave, they are on the trail of someone who has kept the Flashpoint universe going. As Bruce and Thomas try to reconnect, Barry rebuilds the cosmic treadmill to get him and Bruce back to where they need to be. As they travel through the time stream to get back to where they belong, Barry and Bruce run into an old nemesis.

Just when I thought a wound is healed, it opens again! I didn’t think that this story arc would be revisited, but this was a nice inclusion for Batman in the DC Rebirth era. Joshua Williamson and Tom King did a fantastic job on picking up where Flashpoint left off without rehashing what happened previously. The story was fast paced, with just enough information given that you are not guessing was going on. Williamson’s work on the script alone was wonderful! Between Barry working on what went wrong and fixing it, to Thomas and Bruce trying to catch up on a lifetime while battling Aquaman and Wonder Woman’s army, the dialog never gets lost.

What isn’t said was beautifully expressed by Jason Fabok’s pencil and inks. Thomas’ soft, surprised expression when he comes face to face with Bruce, Barry’s contemplating face when he is fixing the treadmill, determination on all their faces on the final pages. Brad Anderson’s color complements Fabok’s direction, it is a dark story and the use of colors expressing that. Of course the Batmans are always going to be dark, as well as the Batcave. Brightness is added by Barry’s Flash, it takes away a little of the gloominess of the surroundings. I particularly liked the electricity surrounding Barry, like he is in constant motion, Fabok and Anderson’s teamwork covey wonderfully. Deron Bennett is great with lettering the expressions of the characters: the yelling, the whispers, the sadness. Even with the box letters, the reader knows who is speaking or their thoughts.