Title: Heroes in Crisis (2018-) #1
Words: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Published: September 26, 2018
Summary: 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?
The question that sits at the core of this series is an interesting one: How does a superhero handle PTSD? Whether or not there is a definitive answer to this question is yet to be seen, as of now, the definitive answer is a resounding “no,” but, if there is one writer, working in the industry today, that I would like to see peel back the layers and perform an in-depth examination, it’s Tom King. Thus far, King has showcased his skill in finding and sorting through all of the nasty bits that lurk beneath the surface of well-known characters.
King excels in shedding light into the darkest corners of the superhero-psyche and Heroes in Crisis promises to be an intense ride riddled with pain and excitement.
King’s script is intense and emotional and sets up futures issues without weighing this book down with exposition or elements meant to foreshadow what’s to come. I’m especially fond of King’s use of, what appear to be, therapy tapes that mimic reality television inspired confession booth; the use of these single-character frames makes for an intimate reading experience.
Clay Mann brings King’s script to life–his work is sharp and intense adds to the overall reading experience by pulling readers into the book. While his more action-heavy scenes are a wonder to look at, it is Mann’s emotional, single character panels that shine. Mann’s expression work is authentic and impressive.
The Bottom Line:
King excels in shedding light into the darkest corners of the superhero-psyche and Heroes in Crisis promises to be an intense ride riddled with pain and excitement. Heroes in Crisis #1 is a stunning, near-perfect debut and a must-read for DC fans.