While the characters have thrived in DC's Rebirth campaign, there are forces who are intent on keeping the DC Universe under their thumb. They've done it so far in the shadows, and the journey to discover who these forces are is the central theme of "The Button", part 2 of which is in this week's Flash #21.
Spoilers incoming for Flash #21, so if you haven't read it yet you've been warned.
In many ways, this book features the best and worst of DC in one single issue. The dynamic between Barry Allen and Bruce Wayne has been expanded to not just focus on their superhero guises, but the personalities of the people behind them. Their backgrounds in forensics make for a camaraderie that has been missing in much of their time in Justice League, and will hopefully appear more in the future.
Adding to the positivity is the issue's ending, which brings back a fan favorite for a reunion that many have wanted for some time, and promises big story points for next issue. The bad? The way they get there is one of the hardest things to take seriously in DC lore, and that's the speed force Nordic Track "cosmic treadmill". The device is loved and loathed, with very few opinions in between, and immediately takes you out most storyline's it's featured in. The thing is, seeing Bruce and Barry on this buddy cop adventure
As for the central mystery, it doesn't really move forward much
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Flash #21 is written by Joshua Williamson with art by Howard Porter. The official description can be found below.
“THE BUTTON” part two! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives
Flash #21 is in stores April 26.