Williamson and King turn in a deeply emotional tale as The Button continues. I am unsure how “relevant” this story will be to the outcome, but I also don’t particularly care. It is a great tale in and of itself, and needs no further justification.
Following up on the end of the previous issue of the Flash, Batman and Flash find themselves in the Batcave of Flashpoint, alongside Thomas Wayne, the Batman from that reality. This is a complete puzzlement to the Flash, who explains that the Flashpoint reality was not an alternate world, it was an alternate timeline. When Flashpoint was undone, nothing of that world should have remained. Something kept it around. But who, and why?
Once again, I almost don’t care about the answers. The scenes between father and son Wayne, each of whom lost the other in their own realities, are so touching, without ever going over the line into blatant pathos. This is not an easy thing to pull off, and yet I found myself on the verge of tears more than once while reading this story.
The larger events of Flashpoint come into play before the end, as the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman makes its way to the cave.
It becomes very clear that someone is intentionally pulling the Flash and Batman along a trail, that whoever it was wanted them to see this. Was it meant to torment Batman, or was it a gift of sorts?
More questions to answer for this storyline, but it feels so masterfully handled that I am not fearing a let down when it concludes.