Batman #64 // Review
Emerging out of the events of Heroes In Crisis, The Flash joins Batman for “The Price of Justice,” beginning in Batman #64. Despite also penning the title which sets this new story in motion, regular series writer, Tom King, takes a brief respite from Batman, as the spiritual successor to “The Button” is instead written by Joshua Williamson; joined on the issue by artist Gullem March, and colorist Tomeu Morey.
In a story placed canonically before the events of ongoing arc, “Knightmares,” Batman suffers guilt and PTSD following the discovery of heroes murdered at superhero safe-house, “Sanctuary,” during the events of Heroes in Crisis. In particular, the death of Flash, Wally West, weighs most heavily on Batman, as manifested in visions and flashbacks during an attack on the Flash Museum. Batman’s feelings shift from remorse to prevention, when it’s revealed that the attack on the Flash Museum was perpetrated by one of Batman’s former pupils, Gotham Girl, a heroine who’s powers slowly kill her the more she uses them.
Taking the reigns as writer, Joshua Williamson does an admirable job collating a variety of different backstories, and weaving them into a coherent, enjoyable narrative that’s easily accessible to the uninitiated. Williamson’s dialogue brings depth and nuance to the characters, with his writing of Barry Allen’s voice illustrating various facets to the character, from charismatic and caring, to intense and commanding.
Gullem March’s sharp, powerful illustrations are enchanting, with his texture-heavy linework and diversity of perspectives adding unique dimensions to each page. Complimenting and elevating March’s illustrations, Tomeu Morey’s color work makes the whole issue pop with vibrace and wonder. Marking an artistic highlight this issue, the exterior shot of the Flash Museum imbues the reader with a larger-than-life sense of magnificence, showcasing how the world inhabited is truly one of myths and legends; something rarely presented in Batman titles.
Setting the scene for the “The Price of Justice,” Batman #64 is expository, but never feels drawn out, or devoid of action. The creative team works wonderfully in tandem, providing layered, engaging characters, a stunningly beautiful world, and a nuanced tale about coping with loss.