Even the title itself feels a bit loaded. Heroes In Crisis uses a very specific naming convention that leads to a lot of speculation from DC Comics fans. However, this title seems to be referencing one story in particular: Identity Crisis. Much like that arc, this first issue sets up a classic and tragic murder mystery, the implications of which will ripple across the universe.
So, as you may have guessed, some of your favorite heroes may not be surviving this issue. That’s because The Sanctuary, a hospital for superheroes, was attacked. Now, who committed this atrocity? Well that’s the whole point. We don’t know. However, we do have two prime suspects in the form of Harley Quinn and Booster Gold.
Harley Quinn and Booster Gold are at the forefront of this story right from the get go. Battling it out in a Diner, the two both seem to think that the other is the murderer. Seeing as how this is the first issue in a massive event-comic, we really only get a little bit of set up here.
Reality television-style confessionals are interspersed throughout the book and they’re quite effective for characterization. Seeing the heroes speaking honestly about their very difficult and unconventional lives is a nice break from all the punching. However, at this point it’s unclear just how these confessionals will be used to forward the plot.
Heroes in Crisis is packed full of surprises and largely effective melodrama, but this first issue leaves a question mark over the rest of the arc. Booster Gold and Harley Quinn are great choices to serve as the core of this story. Though very different, Tom King immediately creates a charming and unsettling dynamic between the two. Hopefully, King will capitalize on this issue with a story that lives up to its namesake.
Final Score: 7/10