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Williamson Explains His Batman & Flash Crossover's Heroes in Crisis Ties

You've worked with several artists over the course of your run on The Flash, and "The Price" has you working with both Guillem March and Rafa Sandoval. What's it like to be working with two artists with two distinct styles, and how do you make sure the story you're telling comes through?

It's great. Rafa is one of the regular artists on Flash right now, and will be for a bit. When we first started working together, I asked him what he was interested in drawing, what kind of stories he wanted to do and he asked for “Batman and the Flash investigating a case.” And so I was like, “DONE." Seeing him draw Batman has been awesome. Rafa has a great big future ahead of him in comics.

Guillem March is doing the Batman chapters and he’s someone I’ve wanted to work with for a LONG time. We’ve never been able to work together but I’ve followed his work and I’m excited to see him draw Batman and Flash together. Guillem did an issue of Justice League, one of the Legion of Doom issues, I don’t think it’s out yet, but it is KILLER. It’s so good. His art on that issue really helped me get an understanding of what to give him with the script.

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With them… I trust them, y’know? I trust them to take the story we’re building and add their own style to it. I don’t like writing an issue until I know who is drawing it, so I can try to play to their strengths. And with these two artists, they have a LOT of strengths, so I had a lot of fun building the issues with them in mind.

How does Gotham Girl fit into all this? She was a big part of Tom King's first year on Batman, but she hasn't been around in quite awhile. Where does this story find her, and does this tie in at all to Bane's manipulation of the Dark Knight, or is that part of the surprise?

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Well, I don’t want to get too deep into it, but yeah, Gotham Girl’s story is picked up again in this crossover. She hasn’t been seen in the book for a while and there is a good reason for that. We dig deeper into her origins and how she was last seen with Bane at the end of Batman #50.

I want to dig into what it’s like to be a young hero in the DCU. The pressure there. How being a hero comes with a cost, and is everyone willing to pay the price? Should the more experienced heroes, who know the costs, try to stop them from being heroes?

Your story promises to go back into the Justice League's past, but how long ago into that past, exactly? Will we be seeing any callbacks to old continuity, or is this a previously unknown era of the League?

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Even though Batman and Flash have known each other for a long time, it’s a more recent past. They’ve both been through hell in different ways recently, and they suspect there might be a reason for that. Again, this story will reveal pieces of the greater story we’ve been building in the DCU recently. There are a lot of mysteries in the DCU right now, and its two greatest Detectives are on the case.

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