Title: Heroes in Crisis (2018-) #4
Words: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann & Lee Weeks
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Published: January 2, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Wonder Woman versus…Booster Gold?! Diana finds out the hard way that Booster can be a formidable opponent when his back’s against the wall. Of course, being the prime suspect in a superhero massacre and exposing a secret trauma hospital for metahumans will do just that. Meanwhile, Batman and the Flash combine their detective skills to investigate what went awry at Sanctuary and uncover a serious glitch in the system—not to mention an explosive, spoiler-ific secret!
As the Trinity’s investigation continues, all signs begin to point to Harley Quinn as being the one responsible for the murders at the Sanctuary, and, to make matters, worse, Lois Lane plans to let the world know that their heroes aren’t perfect and that the Sanctuary exists.
Seeing as though the Sanctuary is relatively new, for me, the reader, I don’t find myself feeling anxious about its existence being known to the public. Surely, the public will view their super-powered defenders differently after learning that they’re not as perfect as they appear, but how much could this change in perception impact the next five issues of this run? Why do I care? Well, I think that it would be more entertaining if the investigation served as the sole focus of this series. The Lois Lane subplot feels distracting, and while I am sure that her source–the person who leaked the information about the Sanctuary–will be important, I can’t help but not care right now.
With that being said, Tom King’s writing remains strong and continues to impress issue after issue. Since all of the signs are currently pointing to Harley Quinn, there is no doubt in my mind that she isn’t guilty and that everything is not as kosher as it appears to be. As long as the culprit(s) come as a surprise, and I’m left, after Issue #9, eager to re-read the run, I’ll have nothing but great things to say about King’s work here. Mann’s illustrations perfectly capture the emotional intensity that is packed into each page of King’s script, and together, the team of creators produce an impressive work that is sure to remain in the minds of readers for years to come.
The Bottom Line
King uses his time to progress the plot forward some, though not much, and manages to regenerate a good deal of the momentum that was lost last issue. Heroes in Crisis continues to entertain and provide food for thought.