One of the biggest mysteries and tantalizing clues to come out of the confusion of DC’s recent Rebirth is the yellow smiling Button with a drip of blood on it; hidden inside the Batcave. You would have had to have been on a distant moon not to recognize the Button as belonging to the Comedian of The Watchmen comics. A classic series from 1986 -1987 by the great Alan Moore. The Watchmen comics take place in a world where there are no Batman and no Flash and no Superman, so the possibility that in all the madness that has been DC’s Convergence and the Rebirth, the two worlds are now to collide has had comic fandom on edge.
Now, a full year later, in Batman 21 & Flash 21, the story begins.
The Button has been a puzzle the caped crusader cannot quite work out. What is it and how did it wind up in the Batcave. More so, why is it emitting a radioactive frequency. When it acts up even more, Batman reaches out to The Flash and as he waits, someone else arrives. Someone who wants the Button. Professor Eobard “Zoom” Thawne, the Reverse Flash, the man who murdered the Flash’s mother. The Batman is no match for Thawne who proceeds to beat the crap out of him. But before Thawne can finish the Batman the power of the Button transports Thawne and then returns him. But what comes back is dying and decomposing at an incredible rate. As he dies Thawne cries out that he has seen God.
This week the tale continues in Batman 22.
Flash and Batman, using something call the Cosmic Treadmill, travel back to the Flashpoint, where the power and frequency began. Flashpoint, if you have never read that particular storyline, do so, it may be the best Flash story ever told. They appear in the Batcave where the power is centered. A Batcave occupied by that timeline’s Batman; Dr. Thomas Wayne. Thomas is awaiting his death as the armies of Wonder Woman and Aquaman invade Wayne Manor. When Bruce appears with the Flash, Thomas and Bruce, father and son, face the enemy together.
Thomas Wayne – “You were my world, son. I delivered you myself…and the moment I saw you…I knew every choice I’d ever made had been the right ones…because they led to you. You’re the greatest gift this life has ever given me. And there is more I should have shared in that letter, so listen to me…DON’T BE BATMAN. Find happiness. Please. You don’t have to do this. Don’t do it for me. Don’t do it for your mother. Be a father for your son in a way I never could be for you. Let the Batman die with me…”
This is not your normal Batman book and the Button will not be your normal comic book story. No, DC is planning something big. The Batman. Flashpoint revisited and still to come, the Watchmen? No, Convergence was a tease. This appears to be the DC story of the year right here.
Bruce (as a child) – “I’m sorry I fell into the cave, dad.”
Dr. Thomas Wayne – “Sometimes we fall, son…but always remember…Waynes never stay down…WE RISE.”