Batman / The Flash - The Price - Review

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Batman / The Flash - The Price - Review

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 23:24
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A strain on the world’s greatest detectives.

Covers the events that unfold in Batman #64-65 and The Flash #64-65.

Creative Team
Writer
Joshua Williamson
Artist
Guillem March
Rafa Sandoval
Colorist
Tomeu Morey
Letterer
Steve Wands
Inker
Jordi Tarragona
Editor
Jamie S. Rich
Paul Kaminski
Publisher
DC Comics
Format
Single Issue
Release Date
2019-02-27

"The Price" is the second go-round for Joshua Williamson to write both Batman and the Flash in a mini crossover, following up on the important and well-received "The Button." The quality that DC is bringing with the creative teams on these mini crossovers has me yearning for a mini/maxi or ongoing series featuring both Batman and the Flash spearheaded by Williamson. Guillem March is handling the art on Batman and Rafa Sandoval is handling The Flash. While both artists' works are fantastic in their own right, having two different artists for a continuous story can be jarring. It certainly can be just when there are multiple artists in one issue alone. Since "The Price" is one continuous story, fluidity Is important.

Consistency is key and clearly, editorial knows what they are doing with the important events between the two books. Here is where having the same colorist, Tomeu Morey, and letterer, Steve Wands, really pays off. They are helping control the storytelling in a more subconscious way for the reader that makes the whole workflow correctly. This isn't the first time in recent publishing where DC editorial has implemented this this tactic (same colorist and letterer across multiple artists on a book) and it absolutely works.

 
 

"The Price" sees the return of Gotham Girl, who has not been around for quite some time—since her introduction in the earliest part of Tom King's run on the Batman title. Last seen, she was teased as part of a cabal aligned with Bane on the last page of the landmark Batman #50 issue. Established early on with Gotham Girl are Batman's feelings of responsibility in inspiring a hero who drains their own life-force with every use of their powers, and his debate on what/how he should handle her. Meanwhile, Flash is dealing with the death of his protege and friend, Wally West (see Heroes in Crisis) and trying to come to grips with similar feelings of guilt and responsibility around what it actually means to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Ultimately, Flash and Batman almost come to blows over their differing opinions,leaving readers wondering if their friendship is broken and if one or the other have been sent down a troublesome path with a teaser epilogue questioning if one of them can still be trusted. "The Price" is a solid read but it really needs the context of the prior storylines of Batman and Heroes in Crisis.

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