Title: Heroes in Crisis (2018-) #2
Words: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann & Travis Moore
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Published: October 31, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Suspected of murder, [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] find themselves on the run from the super-hospital called Sanctuary —with each thinking the other one is the real killer! It’s up to Batman to solve this heinous crime, but suspicion falls on him when Superman and Wonder Woman ponder just how much Sanctuary’s A.I. is telling them. Meanwhile, [REDACTED] tries to make a shady deal to hide from the Trinity, while [REDACTED] searches out an old friend to help him out of this mess—and only gets deeper in trouble.
Tom King has thus far succeeded in producing worthwhile stories that examine the inner-workings of some of DC’s most well-known characters; Heroes in Crisis (2018-) #2 is no different. The plot thickens as the Trinity continues their investigation into the heinous events that transpired at the Sanctuary, but it still isn’t clear who dun’it. With seven issues left in this run, the pace is going to have to pick up somewhat to get us readers to the end without losing us, but for now, this slow-burn is working.
Although there are two illustrators working on this issue, the transition from one artist to the next is nearly seamless. The issue’s second scene features Harley Quinn and the Penguin, and there is one panel in particular, which features Oswald Cobblepot wiping his mouth, that reminds me of Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, and, in doing so, leaves me wanting more of Clay Mann’s grotesque depiction of the Penguin. Sadly, this scene is all we get, but thankfully, Mann and King put Harley Quinn back in her old threads; seeing Harley back in her classic Red & Black suit is, in itself, worth the price of admission.
The Bottom Line
As the Trinity continues its investigation into the heinous events that transpired at the Sactuary, it becomes clear that there is more to this tale than initially thought. Tom King continues to produce on his plot-driven examination of what it means to be a superhero in the DCU.