Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Heroes in Crisis #7 by Tom King - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The Trinity may have uncovered the true killer responsible for the deaths at Sanctuary, but the artificial intelligence that ran the institution is the one thing standing between them and the culprit. Now Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman must face off with their own creation—and face the consequences for what they created. Also, as the truth is uncovered, Booster and Harley go from being enemies to allies.

So, once again, the publisher copy for this book is misleading. Heroes in Crisis #7 does not reveal who is responsible for killing all the heroes, nor did the previous issue. Plus, the Trinity don't face off with anyone or anything. That said, Tom King has written another excellent chapter in this deeply emotional series. This issue focuses on Wally West/Flash, and the foursome of Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Harley Quinn, and Batgirl. Batman and Barry Allen/ Flash also make an appearance.

Apparently Harley and Booster saw each other killing the heroes; so, Beetle and Batgirl realize something is off. They unite and come up with a plan to reveal the truth (next issue?). This was a darkly funny storyline, but there is an undercurrent of sadness to Booster and Harley that makes them seem more real.

The other main story focuses on Wally West, and all the trauma he has dealt with in his life going all the way back to when he became Kid Flash. It really pulls into focus just how much Wally has gone through, including being erased during the New 52 along with his family (this is probably the most grievous of them all). The confessional interludes also involve Wally and add to the struggles he faces. By the time the issue reaches it's end, the last couple of pages seem to indicate a decision Wally has come to, and it's leading to a resolution for this series.

I'm not sure I like where King is taking things in Heroes in Crises, but I'm here for the long haul. I'm extremely curious about how all of this will play out, and what the larger consequences are for the DC universe at large. There still should be a tie-in to the Doomsday Clock series, as well, since it seems Dr. Manhattan and his manipulations are ultimately responsible for much of Wally's trauma.

If you aren't reading this series yet, why not? Heroes in Crisis #7 is just the latest chapter in Tom King's examination of the tragedy and sacrifice that heroes deal with as part of their bargain with all of us. It's a heartbreaking story that is well worth the read.

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

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