Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Heroes in Crisis #2 by Tom King - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: 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.

Heroes in Crisis #2, by Tom King, picks up where issue 1 leaves off. Several heroes and villains have been murdered at Sanctuary, a haven for heroes to help them deal with PTSD and other consequences of what they do. The two suspects are Harley Quinn and Booster Gold. However, neither of them are quite sure who did it, what happened, or why. All the while, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are investigating the tragedy.

This issue lets us look in on both Booster and Harley and see the guilt and concern they are dealing with. King once again shows his strength in writing characters in conflict, making both empathetic but also a little despicable. In addition, King gives us a very human trinity of heroes with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman struggling to process the murders while also showing concern with the fact that all the many Sanctuary confessional sessions may be exposed. In fact, King presents us with all three of them in confession mode, which only adds depth to the heroes. The story ends with the trouble far from resolved, and possibly getting deeper.

I like Heroes in Crisis. It's a fresh idea and King is a master at showing the mental and emotional struggles heroes can carry around with them. This series is proving to be a deep read, with (possibly) real DC universe consequences. In fact, I'm shocked that Wally West was a part of the Sanctuary murders. That poor character can't seem to catch a break lately. I'm also curious to know if this series will have an impact on the Doomsday Clock series and the eventual entrance of the Watchmen characters into the regular DC universe.

I highly recommend Heroes in Crisis #2. Tom King continues to write a series that is unlike any superhero comic currently (or formerly) available. Jump on now, because it's soon to be too far into the storyline for new readers to easily join in.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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