Over the last three issues this storyline has explored the human toll that superheroics take on the heroes. But one thing it really hasn’t done is confront its heroes with those consequences. In The Flash #65 though, that changes.
This issue wraps up The Price crossover and comes to us from Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey, and Steve Wands.
Barry and Batman confront Gotham Girl, as she tears Central City apart. At the rate she’s using her powers she only has moments to live. However, even if they can save her life, they still had to face the cost of what Batman has done.
After this issue, I want to see Williamson write an extended Batman story. So many stories have really let the character’s loner attitude slide, but here Batman himself realizes he needs to change. However it’s not just Bruce Wayne’s story.
Barry is not just the voice of reason in this issue, he’s also the human side of the story. Without him, there would have been no accountability or consequences to the story. Barry is the angel on Batman’s shoulder, and it makes so much sense. The fallout of this story for these two is huge and I really look forward to seeing the Flash hold Batman accountable.
Sandoval, Tarragona and Morey’s work here is stellar. I realized in this issue that it reminds me of early work by Carlos Pacheco–it’s incredibly detailed, with fantastic detail, and wonderful character work. They bring great energy to the pages, both in the action, and the quieter moments. One particular two page spread late in the issue made me said “Oh damn!”, out loud.
This hasn’t been a perfect crossover, but it’s had good solid writing and some highs and lows on art. I hope it really leads to lasting changes for the characters.
The Flash #65 is available now from DC Comics.