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Friday, October 27, 2017

Reader's Diary #1688- Joshua Williamson and Tom King (writers), Jason Fabok and Howard Porter (artists): Batman / The Flash The Button

I'm perhaps an easier sell for Batman / The Flash: The Button. No, I'm not a die-hard DC guy and in fact, consider myself more of a Marvel guy, but this comic uses two legacy series as its base and fans of those respective properties were understandably guarded against having such legacies tarnished.

The legacies in question are Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen and Geoff Johns' Flashpoint. (I realize that the latter doesn't have near the reputation as the first, but still.) However, as someone who thinks Watchmen is overrated and Flashpoint was just good, I didn't have reservations going in.

And I quite enjoyed this. The Flash and Batman are doing some real detective work, there's a wildly interesting mystery that even has larger religious themes, there's emotional heft with Batman meeting his father, and it was all pretty entertaining. I almost didn't even mind the ridiculousness of the "cosmic treadmill."

The art, too, is stellar and one panel in particular blew me away in how it captured the Flash's speed:


It reminds me of those warped panoramic photos that people share online of when people move or a cat walks through the scene.


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