Batman / Flash: The Button OHC
And this is indeed a deluxe edition, with the paper the same as used on the DC Rebirth OHC, which is a step up from that used on the other individual Rebirth OHCs.
After the lacklustre Bane arc, King is back on form here. The whole one minute sequence is a very smart piece of work, brilliantly drawn by one of my favourite DC artists, Fabok. I don’t think there’s been quite the super-speed fight sequence in the way this did it.
It manages to be wholly accessible, regardless of if you have or haven’t read Flashpoint, I’m in the latter category. It also manages to really take advantage of DC’s mass of alternate realities, histories, parallel worlds and use it to enhance the story. It’s possible depending on how this all plays out the Flashpoint story might be looked on a bit more kindly.
DC are playing a smart game here as they did the Rebirth special, followed it up with this and this signposts to Doomsday Clock. All the other bits ‘n’ pieces are entirely optional.
Reading this in the wake of Batman’s proposal to Catwoman is particularly interesting. As a major sequence is Bruce telling his father that he is now a grandfather, then Thomas Wayne telling his son to live instead of being Batman, as the world collapses all around him. It’s very well done, with a real emotional hit and the proposal shows DC intends to follow through on it. There will be much, well-founded scepticism on this, not least due to some of DC’s past tendencies, so they will have to show they are not doing that here.
Other neat production values are the prism cover where the image shifts from Batman to Flash / Reverse-Flash, depending on if you’re on the front or back cover. Totally unneeded but a very nice touch.