The Flash #64
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Rafael Sandoval
Who would win in a race, Flash, the fastest man alive or Batman, the least kinky man in a batsuit? Let’s find out.
This is the second part of The Price of Innocence, a new arc by Joshua Williamson where he will be writing both Batman and The Flash.
Joshua Williamson has been the writer of The Flash ever since Rebirth started and by this point, I was expecting an opinion about his work to pop up. Sadly that never happened.
His writing has been lukewarm to say the least and somewhat interesting at best but he has never really stood out so far, and this issue doesnt really change that.
He starts off almost exactly where Batman #64 ended, Gotham Girl is laying on the floor, her brother’s corpse a few feet away.
Last issue the Justice League was fighting against Amazos, dispatching every one of them with ease until Batman starts seeing images of Sanctuary. Feeling he’s under the influence of some kind of drug he stops fighting and flies off in his jet.
Simultaneously there’s an attack at the Flash Museum, in Central City. Flash obviously finds out and runs over there to help with the rubble but is surprised to see Batman is already there
Which brings us back to the first question.
Who would win in a race, Flash or Batman? Apparently Batman.
But it’s no misconstrued sense of Batmanism that lets him be there first, it’s actually him already knowing ahead of time where he’s going while Barry has to find out. That makes sense.
This issue is packed to the brim with Heroes in Crisis references, given Wally died in that. Every five steps someone takes, Batman has a PTSD guilt-induced flashback (get it?) and sees the corpses.
Claire is also creepier here than ever before and apparently she was in Sanctuary too which adds to Barry’s anger.
Barry realizes they had helped from the beggining when he realizes someone had to make their costumes (Gotham Girl and Gotham were rich? ) and they find out GG is working with a strand of Venom to revive her brother.
This entire issue is very dialogue-driven and
I am still about this series as
I wish i had a less tepid response to this but so far it's been flying under the radar.