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The Button: Batman & Flash

Batman/The Flash: The Button

The Button is a DC Rebirth graphic novel, written by Tom King. The Rebirth series follows the new 52 timeline. I recommend it, straight up. The story centres on the relationship between Batman and The Flash as they investigate an anomaly. It's the smiley faced Watchmen button, recovered from a wall in the Batcave, but it's behaving very strangely!

Batman and Flash artwork

So what many people from the comic community of the internet seem to enjoy about The Button is primarily it's storyline. It's quite intriguing. The artwork is a belter, to boot. Time travel and alternate universes have been done many times, but doing it well is what matters, and it does. King gives a nod to a modern classic. 

Batman and Flash both using the treadmill

As we always compare one superhero to another, Batman and The Flash don't engage in combat in this graphic novel. In fact, The Flash offers his help because Bruce Wayne, The Bat, is hurt and needs Allen's support. This book is also a by proxy celebration of the two iconic characters that compliment each another quite well. 

Batman an Flash reflections in blood

However, if it needs to be said, Batman would be extremely pressed in any altercation with most meta humans, especially The Flash, Superman or Cyborg, but also Aquaman and Wonder woman. Well, that is, unless he can spend time preparing, just to even the odds with his gadgetry and traps—he's only human. We saw his schematics take out the Justice League in the Tower of Babel. This adds to his appeal. 

Bruce Wayne recovering from significant injury

We see genuine effort in The Button, when Batman is forced to fight a psychopathic killer; the nemesis of Barry Allen, Eobard Thawne. Skills, gadgets, fighting skill and psychology, all of it had to come into play, just to keep his head above water. Understandably, he struggled. 

Batman fighting a super powered bad guy

The Button sort of shows the friendship of Hades and Hermes, Mercury and Pluto. We can see the influence of greco-roman gods in these modern superheroes. The mutual respect of both men, their shared sense of purpose, and maybe a hint at mild banter are all characterised well in this DC publication. They both bring their investigative skillsets to the story: a forensic and a detective who segway off and then set the stage for the Doomsday Clock.



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