The upcoming summer crossover event, Dark Crisis, which begins June 2022, will feature Earth’s remaining heroes uniting to fight off an evil threat that pulls from the iconic history of DC Comics as well as saving the lost Justice League members, while dealing with the complications of some heroes choosing to stay out of this mess.
Incorporating the character of Pariah from 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earth, the sole survivor of his destroyed homeworld has found a way to restore his world and the infinite Multiverse. However, in order to do so, Earth-0 must die.
Using the ancient destructive force of the Great Darkness (first seen in Swamp Thing by Alan Moore and Stan Woch), Pariah will wield it in order to both bring about rebirth and as well wreak vengeance.
The DC website describes the seven-issue event as “not only an epic battle of good versus evil with epic surprises in store..” but also “about showing how heroes relate to each other when faced with the impossible.”
The thematic focus of this crossover will be on legacy, according to series writer Joshua Williamson.
“Dark Crisis is an epic DCU event about legacy,” Williamson said. “It will have all the giant, fun cosmic battles and Multiversal set pieces, but it’s not about reboots, retcons, or rewriting time and space.”
This storyline comes at a time where “classic” characters like Nightwing and the original Teen Titans are joined by newer “inheritors” like Jon Kent/Superman, Timothy ‘Jace’ Fox/Batman, and Yara Flor/Wonder Woman. This convergence of characters paves the way for a dynamic we haven’t quite seen before.
“At its core it’s about the characters and the relationships that we’ve seen built over DC’s great history. Dark Crisis spins out of Death of the Justice League and connects all the story threads across the DCU since Infinite Frontier in a major way,” Williamson said. “Unifying the new legacy of the DCU as we honor the classic. You can’t miss it!”
Williamson and artist Daniel Sampere intend on delivering what fans love most about the DCU – generations, sidekicks, and legacies – but with a fresh perspective – new heroes stepping up to deal with a crisis, versus established heroes bearing the responsibility.
“To me, Dark Crisis is a big celebration for all DC fans,” Sampere said. “It’s a huge event full of epic heart, an event that embraces the past while looking to the future. Joshua and I are the biggest DC fans, and this is our love letter to these characters and this universe.”
Personally, what has been said so far about Dark Crisis reminds me of the events in Dark Metal, however this time it’s less about having unshakeable hope from the heroes who remain and more about unyielding responsibility by the heroes who are left to take over.
Prior to the release of the first issue of Dark Crisis, a pair of tie-in issues will be released in May with the first being a Free Comic Book Day Special Edition.
Why the Justice League Is Great and Important; What Happens After Their Downfall
Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition
Release Date: 5/7/2022 | Price: Free | 32 pages
Written by Joshua Williamson and more
Art by Jim Cheung, Daniel Sampere, and more
Cover by Daniel Sampere
Witness the rise and fall of the Justice League! The event years in the making is here with Dark Crisis. The Justice League is comics’ greatest super-team—made up of DC Comics’ legendary Super Heroes, they have saved the world countless times. No crisis was too much for them to handle…until now! The Justice League has been defeated by the Great Darkness and its army of DC’s most dangerous villains—now a new generation of heroes must rise to protect not only the Multiverse…but also the legacy of the DC Universe! A prelude to DC’s biggest story of 2022!
What Is Going on in This New World
Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1
Release Date: 5/31/2022 | Price: $5.99 | Variant price: $6.99 | 48 pages
Written by Joshua Williamson, Jeremy Adams, Brandon Thomas, Chuck Brown, Stephanie Phillips, and Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by Clayton Henry, Dan Jurgens, Fico Ossio, Emanuela Lupacchino, Leila Del Duca, and more
Cover by Daniel Sampere | Variant cover by Chris Burnham | 1:25 variant cover by Raf Sarmento
The Justice League has tragically fallen in battle, and now we see the aftermath. How does the world react to the Justice League being gone? Which heroes rise up…and which villains try to take advantage? And what dark forces are lying in wait to attack? An all-star roster of DC talent showcases a world without a Justice League and sets the stage for next month’s Dark Crisis event!
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