Title: Heroes in Crisis (2018-) #5
Words: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann & Travis Moore
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Published: January 30, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: The secrets of the DC Universe are hacked! Sanctuary wasn’t supposed to keep records, but now that the A.I. is compromised, superhero secrets are leaking all over the ’Net. Booster and Harley set aside their differences to focus on who they believe is the real killer (assuming one of them isn’t lying, that is). Meanwhile, Batman and the Flash continue to investigate the mysterious murderer. The answer can be found in Sanctuary…but is it safe to go digging in the crime scene?
With the superhero community’s dirty laundry put on display for all to see, questions and concerns about their integrity arise. As the investigation continues, Superman speaks for his super-powered colleagues and makes a statement to the public in an attempt to justify the existence of the Sanctuary and quell some of the fear-induced feelings that are beginning to spread throughout the non-super-powered community.
Superheroes are, at times, vulnerable; for readers, this thought isn’t new, but for the nameless non-super-powered folk living in the DCU, it certainly is. The fact that Superman doesn’t fair to well when exposed to kryptonite isn’t a secret, but, to most, the thought of his past failings haunting him should, initially, at least, come as a surprise. And now that they have been forced to view their heroes as super-powered versions of themselves, the public is justifiably scared. Although we readers have yet to witness the fear that is spreading through the community, we know it’s there, and that it’s just a matter of time before something terrible happens and out beloved heroes are pitted against those they’ve sworn to protect.
Simply because there’s talk about superheroes’ fears, vulnerabilities, and their overall mental stability, or lack thereof, is part of the comic book conversation, writer Tom King should be recognized; because this conversation is built on an emotionally intense series that continues to impress, he should be praised. Book after book, of Heroes in Crisis, King has managed to produce polished scripts that are sharp and well-paced, and this issue is no different. Readers are still thinking, still talking, and still interested; King’s series remains successful.
Like the issues that have come before it, Heroes in Crisis #5 teems with eye-pleasing artwork that is emotive and intense. Presenting gorgeous full and two-page spreads, and intimate and expressive illustrations, Clay Mann continues to produce visually stunning artwork that is truly captivating.
With only four issues left in this run, I am curious to see where our heroes will end up, and what the public’s opinion of the will be, once all of the pieces in this puzzle are put in place.
The Bottom Line
Powerful and enthralling, Heroes in Crisis is a well-crafted thought-provoking machine. Five issues in and the series continues to impress; Heroes in Crisis #5 is a highly-entertaining must-read issue.