Here we go.
“The Button” is a a four part story arc in issues #21 and #22 of BATMAN and THE FLASH, by the Batman team of Tom King and Jason Fabok, and the Flash’s Joshua Williamson/ Howard Porter duo. The story line will unravel more of the mystery set up by Geoff Johns in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1.
In case you are brand new to comics, that’s a Watchmen button that Batman is holding. Johns set it up that the Watchmen’s Dr. Manhattan,
aka Dan DiDio, was behind all the changes in the DCU that arrived with The New 52, and his sinister influence has been felt throughout the line ever since. But now:
[T]he 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 countdown starts here!
In addition to the standard $2.99 covers on Batman and The Flash in late April and early May, each of the four issues will feature a special $3.99 lenticular cover, all drawn by Jason Fabok. Don’t miss the chance to find out more about the mysteries behind DC REBIRTH when these issues hit your local comics retailer beginning April 19!
“and it’s not who anyone suspects!”
Despite Johns’ vow to return with some Watchman comics, it’s open season in the DCU on the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons creations.
And if you’re wondering what Alan Moore thinks of this, he probably won’t think anything until a writer brings it up in an interview and he goes into holy wrath mode.
Readers, however are free to sound off in the comments.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.