Heroes In Crisis #8 (June 2019) – Review

Writer: Tom King, Art: Mitch Gerads & Travis Moore, Cover: Mitch Gerads (DC Comics)

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!

DCComics.com official solicitation

Eight issues into Tom King’s examination of PTSD in the DC Universe and we are starting to get the answers. The whole story has revolved around the investigation into murders at the Sanctuary, a superhero rehabilitation centre. With nearly all the evidence pointing to Harley Quinn or Booster Gold up to this point it’s Wally West’s, who was thought to be one of the victims, confession to the Sanctuary murders that we witness. The one clue that we have had that pointed to Wally was the fact that his body at time of death was four days older than it should have been and here we get the answers.

If there was one character in the DC Universe who was going to break it was Wally West. Prior to the New 52 he was the character who had it all. He was the first sidekick to graduate and take the mantle of his mentor, he was a member of the Titans and the Justice league, he got married to his long time love interest, he had children. The reboot took this all away from him but left him with all the memories. Since his re-introduction he has been a man trying to find his place in the world.

The whole issues is Wally monologuing the events of the series from his point of view. It becomes clear that although he is behind the events at the Sanctuary he has had a complete mental break and was not in control of his actions. The story is now about whether Wally can make amends for what he has done before others find out. With one issue to go is there enough time for him to fix his mess?

Tom King is fast becoming comic book marmite. He has been taking big swings with the characters he has been writing and his stories are having an emotional impact. He bucks the trend of leaving characters as you find them and this has caused a segment of the fanbase to turn on him. But people have no reason to be upset, King always tells a good story and has the ability to attract some of the best artists working today to illustrate them for him.

Long time fans should know better. Comics have the habit of being cyclical and if they don’t like what’s happening now they should leave it for a couple of years and it will probable go back to what they are comfortable with. For now it’s good to be out of the comfort zone and feel like you are reading something different. The question is whether everything will go back to normal next issue or will the impact of the events remain with the characters.


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