Perhaps the most surprising moment in DC Comics last year came in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 — Batman’s discovery of the iconic, bloody smiley-face button from Alan Moore’s all-time classic series, The Watchmen, embedded in the wall of the Batcave. DC Comics announced today that we will finally begin to explore this mystery and its implications in the pages of Batman and The Flash.
This April, in a four-part story arc called “The Button,” Batman and the Flash, whom the announcement call “the two greatest detectives in the DC Universe,” will seek answers — and encounter deadly opposition. Per the announcement:
“… what begins as a simple investigation soon turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party – and it’s not who anyone suspects! This is a mystery woven throughout time, and the countdown starts here!”
For those who haven’t delved into DC Universe: Rebirth #1 or need a reminder of the book that kicked off the latest era of DC’s continuity, the book was framed by opening and closing sequences that were visually and thematically evocative of the Doctor Manhattan sequences in The Watchmen. This, along with Batman’s discovery of the button, help make the case that the heretofore non-continuity world of The Watchmen is not only part of the DC Multiverse proper, it may have some fundamental importance to DC’s greatest heroes. The book notably also brought former Flash Wally West (the original Wally West, not his newer cousin with the same name) back from the beyond.
The story takes place in Batman issues 21 and 22 and The Flash issues 21 and 22, whose respective creative teams are writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok, and writer Joshua Williamson and artist Howard Porter.
For collectors who want to spend an extra buck, DC is offering versions of each part of the story with a lenticular cover — all of which are drawn by Jason Fabok (and two of which can be seen below).
The crossover begins on April 19th.