The Flash #64 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on February 13, 2019

Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Rafa Sandoval
Inking by Jordi Tarragona
Colouring by Tomeu Morey
Lettering by Steve Wands
This story is just baffling me right now. I hesitate to ever question the existence of a story since I try to find the value of everything, but I don't know why this is being pushed out and I don't know who this is for.
Given the context of this story, I find it weird that Batman and the Flash are having some fun banter while they're investigating the destruction of the Flash Museum. Both of these characters are still reeling from the literal massacre of multiple heroes, just like them. One of them is essentially Flash's surrogate son, Wally. Just the fact that they're acting cute and recalling funny adventures from their past was genuinely concerning. The tone is all over the place and is in no way consistent.
The more that Joshua Williamson tries to explain this whole fiasco about Gotham Girl, the less I understand. Her transition from hero to villain is so confusing, and his explanation as to why this is seems to conflict with what we've actually seen of the character. She last appeared in BATMAN #24, the issue where Batman proposed to Catwoman. She and Batman had a conversation, which was what inspired him to propose to Selina. They seemed to be on good terms. Why is she now saying that Bane was there for her after her brother died all the way back in #5? More importantly, why is Williamson being left to tell this story? It's not fair for me to criticise Williamson for something Tom King wants hidden under the rug.
Rafa Sandoval really impressed me with his work here, though. There are some inspired layouts and overall his work is very tight. There are some issues with a lack of detail in certain spots, which isn't really the case when it comes to his art. He may have been rushed since this crossover must have been a last-minute inclusion into his schedule.
The fact that this crossover may factor into King's run on BATMAN as well as HEROES IN CRISIS is kind of aggravating. The storytelling isn't particularly exciting and while the art is good, it has a rushed quality to it.

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