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Heroes in Crisis #1 Review

Tom King (Author) • Clay Mann (Cover Artist, Penciler)

Tomeu Morey (Colorist) •Publisher: DC Comics

Heroes in Crisis #1 Death of Superman Variant by Ryan Sook

I've heard some rumblings that Heroes in Crisis was a bit too dark and macabre for a DC Comic, but I really didn't get that vibe at all. The story is a more mature take on the characters involved but it's nowhere near as shocking as the worst events of "Identity Crisis" over a decade ago.

Tom King and Clay Mann set the board up beautifully. The story is set at Sanctuary, a trauma center for superheroes. The Premise is such an obviously inspired idea I'm surprised that it hasn't been done before. There has been a mass murder at sanctuary and the obvious suspects are the survivors, Booster Gold and Harley Quinn. The story will surely be more complicated than the initial setup and that's where the fun begins. The table has been set, the game is afoot.

The art is very detailed and Mann in particular deserves praise because his art conveys emotion even more so than the dialogue. This is one of the few comics in which a reader could easily follow the story without words. The emotional resonance is just that strong. It's rare that an artist can upstage Tom King but Clay arguably does so in this issue.

The meat of the Comic is a surprisingly brutal fight between Booster Gold and Harley Quinn. Harley is outright scary in this issue and it caught me off guard. I'd gotten comfortable with her being a clown or comic relief character. This issue easily shatters that notion. In between the fight we get character vignettes of the Sanctuary patients. We also witness the arrival of the DC Trinity (Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman) to the scene of the crimes and a bodycount that includes some surprising high profile characters.

The story is still in its infancy but I'm already very intrigued. I suffer from depression in real life and have experienced trauma. Tom & Clay have my attention and have delivered a home run.

Rating: A

HEROES IN CRISIS #1 variant cover artwork by J.G. Jones

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