This March sees the release of DC’s next big step in integrating Watchmen into their mainline universe with the Batman/Flash crossover “The Button”, centering on the smiley-face paraphenalia that Bruce discovered in the Batcave at the close of last year’s DC Universe Rebirth special that launched their current publishing status-quo (and a pretty fun status-quo it’s been so far, injecting quite a bit of life into their line).
Batman scribe Tom King posted a fun little nugget today on twitter, teasing the upcoming crossover that he’s co-writing with Flash writer Joshua Williamson:
“None of you understand. I’m not locked up in here with you. You’re locked up in here with me.”
Coming in Batman 21. Art by Jason Fabok. pic.twitter.com/pF1goWq8Pk
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 24, 2017
And below you’ll see the upcoming lenticular covers (in neato gif form!) for the first three chapters of the crossover – Batman #21 and #22 and Flash #21.
You’ve seen those before, undoubtedly, but today DC has also released the below cover for Flash #22, with the return of….
…Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick! This had been hinted out previously in Williamson’s Flash run, but this is his first physical appearance in current continuity, not counting James Robinson and Nicola Scott’s version in Earth 2.
Just one more thing to look forward to! Here’s the full press from DC:
THE DARK KNIGHT AND THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE DIVE DEEPER INTO
THE MYSTERY OF DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH THIS APRIL!
Batman and The Flash Team Up For the Four-Part Mystery “The Button”
All Four Issues to Also Feature Special Lenticular Covers
If you’ve been wondering about how the mystery behind Geoff Johns’ DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continues, you’ll find out more beginning this April in “The Button,” a four part story arc that delivers the next piece of the larger, ongoing puzzle. DC has revealed three of the four lenticular covers for issues #21 and #22 of BATMAN and THE FLASH, with a mysterious fourth cover now throwing a wrench into the gears of this epic BATMAN/THE FLASH crossover!Courtesy of the Batman team of writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok, along with The Flash writer Joshua Williamson and artist Howard Porter, the two greatest detectives in the DC Universe unite to unravel the mystery behind a certain blood stained smiley face button stuck in the Batcave wall. However, what begins as a simple investigation soon turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! This is a mystery woven throughout time—and The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive will discover something completely unexpected along the way!
As the lenticular covers have rolled out, we’ve seen Batman, The Flash and Reverse-Flash all change and transform as the image moves from one character to the next. Now, with the reveal of THE FLASH #22’s main image, we see someone not even hinted at in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1! What does this mean for “The Button,” and who else might show up along the way? The ticking clock starts now… or is it completely smashed?
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