• Baraka

The Flash #65 Review - The Price of Loyalty? Loving DC comics when they don't love themselves.

Joshua Williamson (Writer) • Rafa Sandoval (Pencils)

Tomeu Morey (Colors) • Chris Burnham & Nathan Fairbairn (Cover)

DC Comics (Publisher) • Get It Now From Comixology

I fast-tracked "The Price" on my review schedule after reading the first installment and thoroughly enjoying it. I also picked up a new favorite writer along the way in Joshua Williamson. I'd only reviewed one issue of Flash prior to this arc so I don't have any deep knowledge of anything happening in that title.

This time around we get a decent issue and closeout chapter. The Price of Loyalty isn't quite as strong as previous installments. The issue closes the loop on the crossover and ties back to "Heroes in Crisis", although the book doesn't feel like a tie-in other than references to "Sanctuary" here and there.

The bulk of the comic covers the rapidly escalating fight between Batman, Flash, and Gotham Girl. Batman and Flash desperately attempt to talk Gotham Girl down before she burns herself out and dies due to overuse of her powers.

This is a pretty rough scenario but about midway, through the issue, the fight just ends. The story transitions to a very intense argument between Bruce and Barry which boils down to an ideological debate regarding the accountability they share toward their families and the heroes that fight in their names.

Both characters have a seemingly ever-expanding extended family so it makes sense that these particular heroes would be having this discussion. They both make valid points along the way to the conclusion of the issue. The problem is that the voices the characters have in this segment feel hollow and off.

Bruce and Barry have both suffered extreme losses. "The Price" is that wearing the tights or the cowl doesn't shield those around you. The topic is something you'd think would be an aspect of their lives that would lead to common ground and thoughtful discussion.

Batman and Flash end up yelling at each other and then go to their corners. It's a huge letdown that undermines the overarching theme of the crossover. I can't criticize the issue too harshly though, It handles its theme's a lot better than Heroes in Crisis ever could.

Aside from the nit-picks here and there the series looks great, reads well. Aside from an ending that doesn't quite land, the story advances the ongoing stories for both heroes and is worth checking out even if you aren't following either series currently.

Rating 8.5/10