The conclusion of Batman #21 had everyone in shock as The Reverse Flash vanished for an instant and upon his return he claimed he saw “God” before what looked like something sucked away his life force and he died. This book opens with the crime scene in the Batcave and already im hooked in. A lot of great writing in here which I thought would be an tough to follow since Batman #21 was so well written..
This books got a few emotional scenes that make you remember who Batman and Flash are under those masks. While staring at Thawnes corpse Barry looks up and simply says “its over mom”. That line alone was like if that chapter of Barry Allen’s life was finally closed and you felt that relief yourself when you read it. Josh Williamson and Howard Porter really do an amazing job at opening up the DC Universe giving you a gorgeous visual of what exactly has been taken from time.
This being a Flash book doesn’t seem to hold back from really diving into Bruce Wayne’s character. We’ve all seen Bruce’s parents get gunned down so much that we’ve become so used to it that we have no emotional sadness to feel for him. Seeing it so much doesn’t have that same effect as it did when we first seen it so when we hear Bruce talk about his parents being dead it goes through one ear and out the other.
This book really brought that feeling back in a big bad way. Batman has a wonderful moment with Flash when he tells him that after the button had that reaction to the Psycho Pirates mask, he saw his fathers ghost. When Barry asks him how could he recognize him as his father in a Bat suit? Bruce gives the perfect response with “I would know him anywhere” then explains how his father carried himself a certain way and even recognized his voice. This panel alone shows you just how much his parents meant to him and he’ll never forget a single thing about them.
And if that wasn’t enough for you after Bruce and Barry travel through time and end up crashing and landing in a familiar cave, Batman instantly recognizes it as the place his dad found him when he was a kid, and it looked like it did when he first started patrol. Batman thinks he went back in time, but he sees Joe Chills gun and knows they never recovered it from that night at the crime scene of his parents. Bruce hears a voice behind him and discovers that they are in Flashpoint and Bruce is reunited with his father Thomas.
This ending was so emotional especially after Reverse Flash destroyed his fathers letter he wrote him in Flashpoint. This was easily one of my favorite Batman stories of all time. None of this was expected and im itching for the next issue.