It may be arriving a week later than originally scheduled, but The Flash #22, the final chapter of “The Button,” the series’ four-part crossover with Batman, is on its way, compete with a Jay Garrick-starring lenticular cover. The issue’s artist, Howard Porter, has proof in the shape of the advance copies DC Comics has sent him, and has taken to Twitter to share a look at how Jay Fabok’s cover has been “animated.”
In the video, we see Fabok’s homage to 1940’s Flash Comics #1 by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert, with Fabok’s explosive take on the classic hero fading out to reveal a remixed version of the cover from the character’s first-ever appearance.
— Howard Porter (@MrHowardPorter) May 11, 2017
In addition to the promise of the Rebirth debut of Jay Garrick, Flash #22 brings with it the conclusion to “The Button.” Tom King, Josh Williamson, Fabok and Porter’s mini-event has seen the two Justice Leaguers explore the mystery of the Comedian’s iconic smiley face button, the return and death… and return again of Reverse-Flash, and the first-ever meeting between Flashpoint’s Batman Thomas Wayne and his son, Bruce Wayne. The final chapter, it is hoped by fans, will include not only the next step in the road to the return of the JSA to DC continuity, but perhaps the first confrontation between DC’s heroes and characters from the Watchmen universe.
Garrick’s Rebirth debut was first teased on the final page of “The Flash” #9 back in October 2016, when the Golden Age hero’s iconic winged helmet was revealed to be adrift in the Speed Force. Jay Garrick is DC’s first-ever Flash, debuting in the aforementioned “Flash Comics” #1.
A version of the character, and of the rest of his teammates in the Justice Society of America, has starred in Earth 2 and Earth-2: Society, a re-imagined version of the classic superteam. The latter series came to a close in March, presumably clearing the way for the original JSA’s return to DC’s main continuity, where they’ve been mostly absent since the dawn of the New 52 in 2011. What role the rebooted incarnation may play in the ongoing Watchmen mystery remains to be seen.
The Flash #22, by Josh Williamson and Howard Porter, arrives in stores May 17.