Written by Joshua Williamson
Pencils by Rafa Sandoval
Inks by Jordi Tarragona
Colored by Tomeu Morey
In part one of The Price found in Batman #64, The Flash and Batman are pictured collecting evidence at The Sanctuary after the murder of several heroes including Wally West. The pair intends to solve the crime together. This issue begins, Gotham Girl is pictured with a silhouette of Bane (?) in the background. The Flash and Batman track evidence to a castle on a remote island where they find traces of venom and cylinders which hold several figures. Batman thinks it’s a trap and warns The Flash to run. The Flash is angry, triggered by a photo that reminds him of Wally West’s death; he blames Batman. A distracted Flash and a hyper vigilant Batman are attacked by Gotham Girl.
Williamson is a master at connecting the emotional threads that entangle these characters. For example, he reminds the reader of the cost hero work tolls on relationships. Batman has compromised his typically thorough process and lost track of Claire, Gotham Girl. And, The Flash forgets or never asks about Batman and Catwoman’s relationship. The Flash doesn’t know that Selina left Bruce at the altar. However, it’s The Flash’s anger toward Batman, triggered by the memory of the days training Wally West, that intrigues me most.
This issue builds on the Gotham Girl and Gotham mythos. Some readers will like this and others will make it the reason they don’t like the story. Consequently, I forgot how powerful she is and that she needs something to keep her from dying when she uses her powers. The artist depicts a powerful Gotham Girl and her cohorts fighting Batman and The Flash. The bright blue costume and golden hair of Gotham Girl is a nice look. Batman’s guilt-ridden face and The Flash’s angry teeth communicate the depth of the complex dynamic between these characters.
Overall = 9.5/10
For readers who have been keeping up with Heroes in Crisis, this story could be welcoming and serve to pull together loose ends. Some readers, those who have dismissed Heroes in Crisis, will struggle to find a reason to read this 4-part mini. I am of the former and thoroughly enjoyed this book for its emotional base and tension-building action. I highly recommend picking up this book!