Batman and Flash watch the Watchmen this April in DC Rebirth crossover

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Jan 13, 2017

If you want a crime solved in the DC Universe, you couldn’t do any better than calling in the world's greatest detective and fastest forensic scientist ... but can even the combined investigative wit of Batman and the Flash solve the mysteries of the DC Universe's Rebirth?

Well, readers will get a chance to find out in a four-part crossover event this spring entitled "The Button" that will see the two legendary detectives try to figure who — or what — is behind the mysterious smiley button left in the Batcave, first seen in last year's DC Universe: Rebirth one-shot.

According to the press release, the investigation will quickly become complicated as it "soon turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party – and it's not who anyone suspects! This is a mystery woven throughout time, and the countdown starts here!"

The storyline will be written by regular Batman and Flash writers Tom King and Joshua Williamson, with art from Jason Fabok — fresh off Justice League vs. Suicide Squad — and veteran artist Howard Porter, who was most recently seen on Scooby Apocalypse. It will take place in issues #21 and #22 of both characters' ongoing titles beginning on April 19, and each issue will feature a special $3.99 lenticular cover by Fabok.

I for one am definitely curious as to what's going on in this storyline, as the Watchmen characters' involvement in the DC Universe is probably not as straightforward as it may appear. I personally can't think of any of the (living) characters from the book that would logically have any attachment to that button, so is it symbolic?

Is there a person or group in the DCU inspired by the book Watchmen?

Is it some sort of craziness using comic books to communicate between alternate worlds, as in The Multiversity?

And how is it all connected to the mysterious man who has been collecting characters like Tim Drake and Doomsday across various Rebirth titles?

There are tons of questions, and it looks like we'll begin to get some answers this spring in "The Button."

Are you excited for this crossover? How do you feel about the Watchmen coming over into the main DC continuity? Is anyone else having lenticular cover-induced '90s flashbacks? Let us know in the comments below!