Flash #21

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Howard Porter Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 26, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 40 User Reviews: 73
8.3Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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"THE BUTTON" part two! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party-and it's not who anyone suspects! It's a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers.

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Apr 27, 2017

    "The Button" is shaping up to be an epic storyline that could delight some fans and enrage others (like pretty much any comic story that changes the status quo). Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Apr 26, 2017

    DC is trying hard to reconnect with longtime fans that may have been disenchanted with DC over the New 52 reboot. While there was much I liked about the New 52, I much preferred the pre-Flashpoint DCU. But between "The Button" and "Superman Reborn," this has been an amazing month for DC Fans. For the first time in years, reading comics seem as fun and exciting as it did when I was a kid. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Jules Boyle Apr 26, 2017

    We're at the halfway point of The Button already, so unless it's the most unevenly weighted story ever, I suspect we're not going to get a huge amount of revelations by the end, but that's ok. This is quality stuff and gripping enough to have you gagging for the next part as soon as you get to the last page. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Apr 26, 2017

    Im probably wrong. I almost always am on these kinds of mysteries. But thats my guess. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 26, 2017

    This issue's reveals and major cliffhanger are strong reassurance this crossover is only gathering momentum. I can't wait to see where King takes the story in Batman #22 before bouncing it back to Williamson. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 30, 2017

    Must reading for anyone who reads DC Comics. Completely understandable on its own, this will have fans eating up the Internet until the next issue is published. Fun, cool, and awesome reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Ben McElveen Apr 27, 2017

    I think it is a great issue that shows a peek at Batman and the Flash's relationship with each other and why it works so well. Hint: It's because they both like science! It is also sprinkled with easter eggs for cunning DC fans, so keep a watchful eye and appreciate that Howard Porter art! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Apr 26, 2017

    With 'The Button Part 2', The Flash #21 continues a compelling comic book mystery. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 27, 2017

    The Rebirth concept has lost some of its focus since its kickoff, so it's good to see it getting back on point, and in such a strong fashion. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Apr 26, 2017

    Joshua Williamson focuses on character interactions and plot-building, driving the mysteries of "The Button" in tantalizing new directions. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 26, 2017

    An excellent second instalment in a storyline you'll not want to put down. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Apr 26, 2017

    If you can still find Batman #21, pick it up with Flash #21 and get ready for next week, because this story is going to be... timeless. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs May 9, 2017

    The easter eggs, the Thomas Wayne reveal and the overall nature of this team up has us enjoying this storyline massively. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Apr 26, 2017

    The investigation of the button leads the two World's Greatest Detectives on a trip to the beloved Cosmic Treadmill to a location that I'm not entirely sure how it can even exist given the nature of DC Rebirth but, Williamson has maintained the ship and set up a very Batman specific journey through this investigation for next week. Not only does this issue work as apart of the crossover but it works as a Flash issue as well. The Flash related history is thriving inside the pages and adds to the overall tapestry of Williamson's run on Flash with no signs of slowing down with the inclusion of long standing Speed Force related clues and connections. The Button Part Two gets the mystery of the button into full swing and pulls on many aspects of DC and shows there is still energy and purpose behind what they started with in DCYou, Rebirth and by that measure, Flashpoint. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Apr 26, 2017

    "The Button" explodes to life in The Flash #21 - and yes, Barry's about to screw with the timeline again. Why are we even surprised at this point? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Apr 26, 2017

    A great story continues to unfold in this issue. The writing reinforces the tone of the overall arc and the characters are given time to grow, especially Barry. The artwork is well done in the action scenes, but a little flat in the close ups. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Apr 27, 2017

    The issue of The Flashwas just as enjoyable as the previous chapter of “The Button” storyline. While there are some nagging plot threads, the breezy script and solid art are not detracted from telling a genuinely story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Apr 26, 2017

    As the action continues into part two of the button on Flash #21 there is no reason to not be reading this event. While this is a bit slower than the first issue, there is still so much to unpack and ends on quite a big reveal. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Apr 26, 2017

    I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. While a large portion of this story is consigned to recapping things we already know, it's still done in a very entertaining manner. On top of that, I simply loved Batman and Flash's interactions with one another, and the fact that the two of them engaged in actual detective work is nothing to be taken lightly. The cherry on top of this delectable treat were the dozens upon dozens of awesome reference from a time gone by. If you guys know me, and I think you do, then you can see how this comic would be right up my alley. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 26, 2017

    It might seem like I'm not totally excited by these first two parts, I am, it's just the visual art definitely outshines the story and out of the two, it's the art I find myself dissecting panel by panel. There's been a lot of hype around “The Button” and these two first parts definitely have paid off, just not quite in the way I expected, but what it does have me is excited to see where this is going as we're clearly seeing the introduction of a lot of new into the DC Rebirth Universe and that new feels like it's going to be really exciting. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Evan Kiick Apr 26, 2017

    Any comic that has me this excited about the next issue is a must buy. Don't forget to add Batman #21 to your pull list as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Blair Marnell Apr 27, 2017

    "The Button" definitely has our attention, and hopefully it can maintain this level of quality. Because when DC finally does get around to officially reintroducing Doctor Manhattan, it had better be a great story. But this is definitely a good start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 26, 2017

    While the second installment of “The Button” isn’t nearly as (ahem) flashy as the first, but thanks to Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, and Hi-Fi, this crossover finally feels like it has a plot beyond the titular accessory and the characters it is connected to. By continuing the event’s commitment to teasing the “forgotten” characters scattered across the "Rebirth" era Earth and finally delivering on the promise of two of DC’s greatest detective’s teaming up, The Flash #21 stands as a confident continuation whatever the "Rebirth" era has in store for us before DC’s Doomsday Clock strikes midnight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Sarah Moran Apr 26, 2017

    Where Batman #21 felt like a tease in the worst way after waiting the better part of a year to return to the Rebirth mystery, The Flash #21 begins laying out the evidence. Its cliffhanger (because of course there's a cliffhanger) is predictable, but it still feels exciting. For fans who've stuck with DC Comics through Flashpoint, the New 52, and Rebirth,"The Button" promises to be one heck of story. Now, let's see if the final two-parts can deliver on that promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Apr 26, 2017

    FLASH #21 is a continuation -- and a departure -- from the story that began in BATMAN #21. Geoff Johns and Tom King are still driving, but even when multiple writers (and artists) are on the same page, you can sense the shift. Where BATMAN #21 opened "The Button" in a fashion that was very WATCHMEN-like in its structure, FLASH #21 shows some glimpses of that at first but for the most part sticks to the basic format for telling a comics story. Which isn't to say that Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter told a bad story -- far from it. It's just to say that, the gears have shifted, and you can feel the shift. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Apr 28, 2017

    I needed this issue. While covering a story with an inherent gravity, this issue reminded me of how fun comics can be. I still cant wait to see whats coming next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Apr 26, 2017

    The Flash #21 continues to flesh out the new mysteries that have arisen within “The Button” crossover, as despite the main narrative still being put to one side, the story we get is nonetheless enthralling. That said the confined time frame and lack of overall development does prevent this from matching the sheer quality of the first issue, but still gives us more than enough reasons to continue reading one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Ben DuPey Apr 26, 2017

    While part 2 of The Button wasn't as impressive of a story as the first part, it did provide a lot more narrative. We're learning more about Batman and The Flash in this story and what those characteristics are going to mean for the larger events of Rebirth. This story is a definite must read for any Batman, Flash, or DC Rebirth fan. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Apr 26, 2017

    Overall this still remains interesting story as long as the expectations are curved a little bit especially after this chapter. It is going to be interesting to see how Tom King writes a follow up the great finale we have here as well! Button story continues to be intriguing however, it would be nice if it would pick up a pace a little bit. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 26, 2017

    The Button continues and Joshua Williamson gets the job of giving the reader background information and setting up the next issue.  Because of that, this wasn't as exciting as the first chapter, though the end is sure to get people talking.  I love Howard Porter's art, but that couldn't save this issue from feeling a bit down. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Apr 26, 2017

    In conclusion, it is not bad and is still a pretty enjoyable read. There was also a JSA teaser in the form of Johnny Thunder calling out to the lightning again, similar to the Saturn Girl teaser in the previous issue. The first half has been slow but still good overall and I hope that King and Williamson can really ramp up the story and have the great conclusion fans are expecting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen May 1, 2017

    The Flash #21 is another solid entry into the larger saga of DC Rebirth. While the entire premise may be an ethical quandary from a creator-rights perspective, the story as crafted by DC's current writers and artists has not failed to be, at the very least, entertaining. Hopefully Williamson and the art team can iron out the remaining wrinkles in the second half of "The Button." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Apr 26, 2017

    This issue is a letdown from last week's Batman 21. I was expecting a lot from this issue only to be disappointed in the growth of the story. There was countless exposition in the first half bogging down the story with redundancy. I have hope for next week as The Button picked up in the final pages of the story with a cliffhanger ending. The art is also a drop off from last week as Porter just isn't Fabok. That being said for Porter he brings in detail that are complicated with coloring. I also spent 10 minutes looking at the "The Hall of Lost and Found" to spot all the hidden easter eggs. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Apr 28, 2017

    Despite his status in the Justice League and being a major DC character, I haven't been that impressed with Flash for a number of years. Like Jason Todd, Barry Allen for me, serves the cause better as a fallen hero. This book tries hard and a lot of readers will no doubt love this book. Yet, I can't help but think that the mainproblemthat this book has to overcome is that it follows the high standards of part one, yet ultimately falls a little short. Bring on Batman #22! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 28, 2017

    The Flash #21 was a strong continuation for 'The Button' crossover that kicked off in Batman #21. Joshua Williamson did a great job highlighting the unique relationship Batman and Flash share as fellow detectives. With their investigation taking them on a journey through the Multiverse and running into Flashpoint Batman things should only get more interesting as 'The Button' progresses. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Apr 28, 2017

    While the second chapter of "The Button" is not as strong as the story arc's electrifying premiere, but still delivers an interesting narrative for Barry Allen fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Apr 28, 2017

    We're on this ride and there's no getting off it, nothing is bad about this issue it's just not interesting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Apr 26, 2017

    The ideas in The Flash #21 carry a lot of momentum, but the execution feels so distinct and arguably flawed when compared to Batman #21 that it makes me feel like I'm reading two fundamentally different but tangentially related stories rather than a single united one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Apr 26, 2017

    As for the central mystery, it doesn't really move forward much in this issue either, but it's still a worthwhile addition to the series, and places enough breadcrumbs that will hopefully deliver dividends in issues #3 and #4. Cosmic treadmills and universe hopping aside, the issue is worth it just for more Barry and Bruce, and the promise of bigger things to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 29, 2017

    This is a perfectly enjoyable comic, but since I'm not under the spell of DC Rebirth, the magic of seeing all this continuity reshuffling means nothing to me. Read Full Review

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