[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers!]
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Guillem March
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Letters: Steve Wands
Batman and the Flash have their hands full with an unrelenting attack unleashed by Gotham Girl! It’s revealed that she was the one behind the attack on the Flash Museum in the previous issue, but what’s her endgame? And how can Batman and Flash even work together when they’re constantly at odds over the fallout of Sanctuary?
If you’re a fan of the Batman/ Flash epic crossover titled “The Button”, then you’ll love this issue. I always enjoy seeing Batman and Flash work together, but thanks to Sanctuary, this issue is a little different than their past team-ups. Batman and Flash are still at each other’s throats over not finding the killer at Sanctuary, and it shows in this issue. Although Batman and Flash are still close allies, there’s tension amongst them and Williamson shows it brilliantly. When it’s revealed that Gotham Girl is behind the attack on the Flash Museum, Barry is quick to run off and find the deranged former superheroine, leaving Batman in the dust–literally. However it seems that Barry bit off more than he could chew, as he shows up at the last minute to save Iris from a crazed Gotham Girl, and a revived Gotham– her super-powered big brother shows up!
I have no complaints about this issue! It’s full of action and the dialogue between Batman and Flash is good as always–although they’re at odds at the moment. Although the two heroes are somewhat on bad terms, they still manage to pull through and overcome the powers of Gotham and Gotham Girl, which was no easy feat! However being the detectives Batman and Flash are, both know that Gotham Girl wasn’t the mastermind behind all of this. Someone gave her the knowledge and technology to revive her brother Gotham, but the question is who? Personally I’m putting all my money on Bane, as we’ve seen him in previous issues pulling strings from behind Arkham Asylum. From Penguin, Selina, and even causing a fallout with Gordon, Bane has been causing Batman a lot of trouble lately, and I don’t believe he’s done.
Overall I thought Batman #65 was a good read. I always enjoy team ups between Batman and Flash, honestly probably more than Batman and Superman. Their relationship is based off of their detective skills and mental capabilities, and although they’re at odds a little in this issue you can tell the respect still remains. At the end of our issue Gotham is dead, but Gotham Girl gets her powers amped up thanks to a serum that Gotham had used. Williamson leaves us on a cliffhanger that seems to put Flash and Batman against an even more powerful Gotham Girl!