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Review: Batman and Flash Fight Zombies in Batman #65

Batman #65 cover by Chris Burnham
Batman #65 is another Batman and Flash team up crossover story and it's an amazing exploration of what it means to be a hero.

Summary (Spoiler Warning)

The story so far is that Claire and Henry Clover try to become superheroes - Gotham and Gotham Girl - by taking a serum that gives them superpowers. But the serum that gives them superpowers also causes their bodies to break down. Gotham died and his sister brings him back to life.

The story picks up after Flash #64 where some unknown people have been zombified by the serum and are fighting Flash and Batman.

This puts the motivation of Batman in stark contrast. He puts his life on the line every time he puts on the suit. He knows he could die fighting Joker or Two-Face or even Gotham Girl. But why? WallyWest died as a hero and Iris is making an obituary for him. Did he die in vain? Especially because no one even knows he died?

Batman and Flash still have a tense relationship and it comes to head in the opening. Flash doesn't want Bruce involved in capturing the villains and races away leaving Batman in Gotham. So Batman races to Captial City in the Batwing and pushes the engines so hard it explodes almost killing him. Why? And what makes them different from Gotham Girl?

The question is never answered but the story unfolds and even Batman finds it hard to imagine that someone would willingly take the serum.

When he asks why she would take it again she says "it could kill me right? But I'm not scared. Being a hero means living in pain right? But it's also sacrifice. Would you do anything to be a hero? To avenge your loved ones? Wouldn't the price be worth it?"

Batman never answers her. But dressed up as Batman, hasn't he already? It's a great exploration of what it means to be a hero and Batman's motivation. The story still hasn't explained where the serum came from and who orchestrated the attack on the Flash Museum, but it's moving nicely.

Guillem March's artwork is amazingly dynamic and he has a masterful capture of facial expressions. Because of the masks, it's hard to convey those emotions but he does an amazing job. Tomey Morey's colors blast off the page without being overwhelming.

Overall: Buy Batman #65

This issue is worth buying and a great read for its character development and action. There are heroes everywhere and many put their lives on the line. Why do they do it? What if that drive takes someone too far?
Rating: 4 Stars

About Batman #65 (2019)

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Guillem March
Cover Artist: Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbank
Synopsis: "THE PRICE OF VENGEANCE, PART 3 "THE PRICE OF JUSTICE" part three! The two greatest detectives in the DC Universe take on the one cold case that will tear them apart!
As chief architect of the Sanctuary program that cost so much for so many, especially Wally West, Batman will be held accountable…by the Flash! A cold case from the Justice League's past has mysteriously re-opened, and Batman and the Flash—the only two heroes who stand a chance of cracking the case—are at each other's throats! Our heroes must combat a demon from the past while burying their own inner demons in the process…and neither the World's Greatest Detective nor the Fastest Man Alive will ever be the same again! But who is really pulling the strings here? And how does Gotham Girl fit into all this? Friendships will be tested and blood will be spilled in this titanic crossover event… "
Release Date: 2/20/2019
Price: $3.99
Buy Batman #65 on Comixology

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