HEROES IN CRISIS #1
Written by Tom King
Art by Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles
Edited by Jamie S. Rich and Brittney Holzherr
Published by DC Comics
What it’s about…
There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by C.I.A.-operative-turned-comics-writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD?
Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It’s up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate—but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition?
What I thought about it…
Heroes in Crisis should have been called Heroes in Interviews because that’s what this issue is. Most of this book features one page interviews with some of the recently deceased heroes. Some of these people will be familiar to comic readers, others not so much.
It could be I don’t know who they are, or maybe writer Tom King created them only for Heroes in Crisis. Whatever the case may be, these heroes I’ve never heard of, didn’t make much of an impression on me, and apprently Superman.
This series is supposed to be a murder mystery, but we’re given so little info and set up, that in the end, I just didn’t care. Seeing some of the heroes dead should be shocking, but Tom King never gives me a reason to care about what should be massive even in the DC Universe. King doesn’t even make clear the reasons why the two lead suspects are on the run, each believing the other is responsible for the massacre at Sanctuary.
What is Sanctuary you ask?
That’s a great question that sadly, Heroes in Crisis never explores. We’re just meant to believe this facility has been around for ages, and dozens on heroes have been helped there. It would have been nice to see what went on at Sanctuary (other than interviews) and what sorts of situations our heroes were dealing with. But no, all we get is: they’re all dead.
The one good thing I can say about Heroes in Crisis #1 is that the art by Clay Mann is freaking fantastic. His Harley Quinn is one of the best I’ve seen in a while, and he draws DC’s Trinity like few others. Mann also does a nice job with facial expressions, like in the scenes at the diner. Even the backgrounds look awesome.
Tom King has written some good comics in the past. His Mister Miracle mini series has been phenomenal, and some of his Batman stuff was quite good too. But lately Tom King, has been hit or miss with me. To the point where I dropped Batman from my pull list. Heroes in Crisis #1 has a similar tone to Mister Miracle, but it doesn’t work well with more mainstream heroes like Superman.
Heroes in Crisis #1 was a let down in many ways. The’re almost no build up to the massacre, and some of the dead deserved more than a one panel exit. But this book was mostly a let down because I know Tom King can do better.
Heroes in Crisis #1 score: C-