There has yet to be much reaction to Wally West's death, but I'm sure you'll be covering this in The Flash soon. What does his demise mean for Barry Allen on a personal level and in regards to his career as the Flash? How does he even keep going at this point?
We cover the initial aftermath of Wally’s death in the Flash Annual #2 in January 2019. Barry is obviously very effected by Wally’s death. It’s still very raw for him. Wally was his surrogate son. He trained him, and Barry helped get him into Sanctuary, so he feels responsible for what happened to Wally. Barry is really shaken after Wally’s death, but knows he still needs to fight as the Flash and look for justice. It’s what Wally would have wanted.
Batman’s going through a lot, too. He’s taking a few hits emotionally this last year and now he’s trying to hide the pain he feels over Wally and all the heroes that died in Sanctuary. Between Bruce and Barry, they’re struggling with a lot of anger beneath the surface that is going to eventually explode.
How does Barry feel about the Trinity at the beginning of your story? There's no way the Flash feels like working with Batman after he failed to protect Wally, so how and why do these two end up teaming up? It's clear this isn't going to run smoothly, so could this be the last team up between the two?
The Events of Heroes in Crisis have 100% affected his relationship with the Trinity, mostly Batman. Batman and Flash are working the Sanctuary tragedy case together, but another case erupts that they must solve. They know that they can’t let their personal feelings get in the way of helping save a life. But we do get a lot of passive aggressive and quiet tension moments between them.
And really in this case, they feel like they couldn’t save Wally so maybe they can save someone else.
You and Tom King previously worked together in the 2017 crossover "The Button," but solicitations say it's just you this time around. Was there any kind of collaboration involved in this story between the two of you, or are you and the art team just taking over Batman for two issues?
This one is all me. On the first crossover we did, I wrote about 75% of it, so stepping into this one by myself wasn’t too difficult. Originally Tom and I wanted to team-up and do this crossover earlier in 2018, but the schedule just never worked out. We were both building to big stories with "Flash War" and the Bat-Wedding and didn’t want to interrupt that. We came close a few times. So, we’ve been talking about a story to tell with Batman and Flash together in the middle of Heroes in Crisis.
The schedule finally worked out, but after a lot of talks we decided I would do this crossover solo, so Tom could focus on the main Heroes in Crisis storyline. Batman and Flash are my two favorite DC characters and I love writing them together, so this was no problem for me.
Tom and I talk on a regular basis, so stepping in for two issues won’t derail anything he has planned for the title. In fact! This crossover helps make big moves for both Batman and The Flash titles.