Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Heroes in Crisis #8 by Tom King - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: You’ve seen all the clues. You’ve heard the testimony and eavesdropped on the secret confessions of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Now, with the killer revealed, it’s time to find out why. What could have driven a hero to the brink, to turn a savior into a murderer? Rifts will form between old allies, and the trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman will have their leadership challenged and will question their own judgment. Sanctuary has become something they never imagined…and it’s still potentially carrying on without them!

I don't know how to review Tom King's Heroes in Crisis #8 without spoilers. So, I'm going to give a brief, somewhat generic review, then announce SPOILERS! to warn readers, and go from there.

Heroes in Crisis #8 reveals the person behind the massacre at Sanctuary. It also gives the backstory, all of which makes perfect sense. Each step is laid out in order, and King doesn't cheat with his reveal at all. All that's left is to see how Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest react to this, and just where they go now that Sanctuary has been revealed to the public and the killer has been made known. I presume that's what issue #9 will deal with; however, I expect that the consequences of this series will be felt in the DC Universe for some time, or else I'd be extremely disappointed.

I'd highly recommend Heroes in Crisis #8 by Tom King. Once again, he has given well-known, even over done, characters depth and pathos, adding gravity to the hero business with the creation of Sanctuary to help them deal with the trauma that often results from the many adventures and battles these heroes encounter and experience.


Wally West is responsible for all the deaths!?! Really? I know the story was leaning in that direction over the past few issues, but this seems harsh. Wally was erased from everyone's memory due to the New 52 (this was a major complaint). However, his return has been a major part of the Rebirth storyline and has even been an impetus in the Doomsday Clock story. Wally is such a positive character throughout his history in DC, it hurts to have him be responsible for this crisis. However, it makes sense. Because, with his disappearance, the fact that his wife Linda doesn't know him (let alone marry him), and his twin children no longer exist, I don't think any character has suffered so much. As King writes the backstory to the massacre, Wally's depression or sadness or anxiety or whatever it would be called, causes him to make some questionable choices, which lead to an emotional breakdown that results in the speed force killing the occupants of Sanctuary. I can buy all of that. What I really don't want to see happen is that Wally dies, again. He just returned to the universe, and if for no other reason than that the fans deserve some more Wally stories, it's not really fair for him to die so soon. That said, I'm looking forward to the next issue in the hopes that the Trinity of heroes can stop Wally before he follows through with his plan (King left a door open). I'm also curious to see how all of this affects Wally's friends and fellow heroes. After all, Roy Harper is now dead, along with a host of other heroes, and Wally set Booster Gold and Harley Quinn up as suspects. I would definitely read a series that dealt with the fallout and the healing going forward.

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

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