Comic Review: Dark Crisis #1 (DC Comics)

The Justice League is dead, a great Darkness is shrouding the universe, and all that remains are the generations of heroes that are willing to hold the multiverse together as […]

The Justice League is dead, a great Darkness is shrouding the universe, and all that remains are the generations of heroes that are willing to hold the multiverse together as it is threatened to fall apart. Who will step to defend the multiverse?

Joshua Williamson is no stranger to the DC Universe, having written a lengthy run on the Flash bridging the gap of continuity into one cohesive run that welcomed long-time fans and new fans alike. Every generation of DC fans has a favorite legacy character based on the era they grew up in, and this book reflects that sentiment teaming generations of legacy characters to face the impending darkness of Darkseid and the various villains in allegiance with him. As a fan of the Pre-New-52, I enjoyed seeing the legacy characters taking up the mantles of their predecessors before their continuity was undone and eventually (thankfully) restored.

To see the wealth of legacy characters being at the forefront again is refreshing to see, as they rally together in the midst of the chaos of various villainous factions all vying for power while the heroes are at their most vulnerable. Williamson quickly establishes the interpersonal relationships and personalities of every character with few panels, laying the groundwork to please longtime readers and intrigue new ones. The journey of Jon, the son of Superman making attempts to form a new League feels appropriate and displays why the various characters and their rich histories are worth reader investment because DC is more than just its Trinity that it’s known for. Oddly enough, this book feels more like a personal Titans story given the focus is on legacy and the importance of it, which is fitting for an event book.

Daniel Sampere is a perfect choice for this book, giving readers cinematically pleasing artwork, coupled with Alejandro Sanchez’s dynamic coloring and Tom Napolitano’s lettering, makes this book a pleasant read. It’s safe to say that if you’re a DC Comics fan, a Titans fan, a fan of legacy characters that are more than worthy to invest in as their previous predecessors are, this is a DC event worth checking out.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

About Anthony Andujar Jr.

Anthony Andujar Jr. is an NYC cartoonist and lover of comics and music. So much so that it led him to writing comic book reviews in between it all.