For what feels like an eternity, we've been teased by DC Comics about the addition of Watchmen into the continuity of the same universe shared by Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League folks. In issue #21 of Batman, we get more hints and panels filled with that bloody smiley-face pin that is quickly becoming the bane of my comic book reading existence.
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 in Batman #21.
I appreciate all the excellent action and mayhem we're being served, but show me Dr. Manhattan, Silk Spectre, Ozymandias (outside of the Mr. Oz persona), or Rorschach before my head explodes in frustrated anticipation. I want to see some promises being paid off soon! The first part of "The Button" story arc looks to kick off what should be the journey to getting some of the treasure that was dangled in front of me so many months back.
Batman #21 is rated T for Teen. It contains violence and gore and frightening and intense scenes. The gore I'm speaking of is a burned body.
Tom King wrote Batman #21. Jason Fabok is the artist of the issue. Issue #21 was released on April 19th through DC Comics. The book is 32 pages long.
Batman #21 is available now in print and digital editions.