Warning Spoilers Ahead!
Published By: DC Comics
Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art by Howard Porter
The next chapter in the DC Universe Rebirth Saga has finally come to a close. Did The Button meet expectations, or was it not quite fast enough to make the cut?
To do a brief recap of the third part of the event Bruce & Barry ended up in the Flashpoint timeline where Bruce got to have a short heart to heart with his father Thomas Wayne before they were attacked by the Amazonian and Atlantien forces, during the fight they world begins to vanish and Bruce and Barry are forced to head back into the speed force where they encounter Thawne before he dies with the mysterious button in hand.
Part four of the story picks up where part three left off with Batman & Flash following Thawne through the speedforce via the cosmic treadmill while a mysterious voice narrates. Thawne boasts that after he gets the power of the being behind the time/space manipulations he will go back and mess-up Barry’s childhood even more laughing at all the sadistic things he has planned. However once Thawne finally arrives at the edge and faces the mysterious entity his bravado quickly becomes fear as he begs for his life and is destroyed by the mysterious force. The ripples cause Barry & Bruce to be flung off the Cosmic treadmill but Flash finally here’s the voice that has been calling him and says Jay Garrick’s name which allows Jay to temporarily break free from the Speedforce and help get Flash and Batman safely back to the Batcave . Barry attempts to stabilize him the way he had before with Wally but he fails and Jay is pulled back into the Speedforce. Barry says he must not have been the right person that he wasn’t Jay’s lightning rod. The issue ends with the button floating in space and Superman’s shield shown front and center in one of the panels.
In terms of story The Button does move the overall narrative of Rebirth forward, however at the end of the day it does feel a bit more like a mean tease more so than anything else. The book does concrete that we will eventually get teams like the JSA and Legion of Superheroes back and does do some things that will most likely have some long lasting effects on the characters, such as the Death of Eobard Thawne The Reverse Flash, and Bruce having a heart to heart with his father Thomas making him doubt his purpose for being Batman. Otherwise the story just seems to be a set-up for this Fall’s Doomsday Clock storyline. On the Brightside however Howard Porter’s art is just as great as ever and his Jay Garrick is a nice mix of the traditional and the John Wessley Shipp version we see on TV.
Overall The Button is an interesting story that is just one more piece in the gigantic puzzle that is Rebirth.