Rating: 5/5 – What’s Up With Rorschach’s Button?
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Batman number twenty-one is the first part of the highly anticipated storyline “The Button” that expands upon the Watchmen being integrated into the DC Universe that was first introduced a year ago back in the DC Rebirth special. Since that issue came out, fans have waited to see just how Rorschach’s button came to be lodged within the Batcave. Although we don’t get those answers just yet, this was still a highly entertaining issue with exceptional art by Jason Fabok.
This book is composed of mostly nine page grids that is reminiscent of Watchmen’s classic and now iconic layout. Except for the opening and closing few pages, that layout is used throughout this book which allows plenty of wonderful panels for Fabok to choreograph a fight scene between Reverse Flash and Batman. It’s a brutal fight that has it’s share of blood and violence with colors by Brad Anderson that pop, especially when you the violence against Reverse Flash’s bright yellow costume. There’s at least three really memorable panels and/or pages including a beautiful two-page splash where Batman and Reverse Flash take up almost the entire spread as they come to blows.
It is worth mentioning that while I love the lenticular cover, it does feel a little thin. The lenticular covers that DC put out a few years back had a slightly heavier card stock cover which felt a bit better and allowed the movement of the image to be a bit smoother since there was no give. This is a nitpick, but it’s not very often that we get covers like these anymore so I wanted to point it out, bu the thinner cover stock didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story inside.
After Fabok’s most recent Justice League run, he’s probably my favorite artist working in comics today. Throw in a bit more questions and complexities into the DC Universe by writer Tom King, and this issue pretty much hits all my sweet spots. I don’t want to go into too much detail about the story as I’d hate to spoil any of its great moments, but I enjoyed the story almost as much as the art and like I mentioned above, while we don’t get all the answers, this is only the first part of a much larger story waiting to be told. This storyline will continue on in next week’s Flash number twenty-six and I’m sure throughout the rest of this year. Do yourself a favor and buy this issue. There’s really a whole lot to like!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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