Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 Micro-Review – The Upside of a Flop

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths 7, cover, December 2022, Daniel SampereTITLE: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 (of 7)
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by Daniel Sampere & Alejandro Sanchez.

RELEASED: December 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Dark Crisis barely stands on its own, much less as a sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths. Issue #7 does nothing to sway my opinion in that respect. With due respect to Joshua Williamson, who usually turns in quality work, this one was a flop.

But let’s talk in the positive and not the negative. What did I like about Dark Crisis? A few things…

– The art by Daniel Sampere and Alejandro Sanchez has consistently been a treat.
– The cosmic ramifications that we (eventually…) got to.
– The emphasis on the Titans, who are too often put on the backburner.

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #6 Micro-Review – Checked Out

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Dartk Crisis on Infinite Earths 6, cover, 2022, Daniel Sampere, Alejandro SanchezTITLE: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #6 (of 7)
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Daniel Sampere, Rafa Sandoval (Layouts), Alejandro Sanchez (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I hate to say it, but I’ve pretty much checked out of Dark Crisis at this point. The book has simply lacked tension or grip. It might have made for a mildly compelling storyline in the pages of a Justice League series. But a sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths? No. Just no.

One of the real shames here is that, while the writing has been a let-down, the art has largely been spectacular. I can’t find many, if any, bad things to say about the performance Daniel Sampere and Alejandro Sanchez have turned in.

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #5 Micro-Review – A Little Too Meta

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 5, cover, 2022, MAx Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #5
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Josh Reed (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.

RELEASED: October 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This one got a little too meta for my taste. Our newly revealed villain, Mickey Mxyzptlk, has a big monologue about Young Justice being a “generation in limbo” that wasn’t “set up for success” by their elders. This story has had a meta layer to it from the get-go. But it lays it on a little too thick here.

Thankfully there’s still a lot of good stuff here, particularly about the Young Justice team being a family. Dark Crisis: Young Justice may still be the best thing to come out of the Dark Crisis event overall.

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Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Green Arrow #1 Micro-Review – Better Together

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TITLE: Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Green Arrow #1
AUTHORS: Stephanie Phillips, Dennis Culver
ARTISTS:
Clayton Henry, Nik Virella, Marcelo Maiolo (Colorist), Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer). Cover by Henry& Maiolo.

RELEASED: October 11, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue’s feature is supposed to be about Green Arrow, with a back-up that’s about Green Arrow and Black Canary as a couple. But in truth, both stories are more or less about Ollie and Dinah. So they may as well have told one larger story about the two of them, as opposed to a larger one and a smaller one.

Artistically, both stories look great. But from a character insight perspective the back-up is stronger, as Pariah learns that he’s better off imprisoning Ollie and Dinah together than apart…

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A Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 Micro-Review – “We’re the Titans!”

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths 5, cover, 2022, Daniel Sampere, Alejandro SanchezTITLE: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The momentum from last issue continues here, as this finally starts to feel like a Crisis-level story with world-shattering implications. But it’s too little, too late at this point. If Dark Crisis had this level of tension and energy at the beginning, that would have been one thing…

This issue does include a really nice rallying moment for Nightwing and the Titans, though…

“You are not the Justice League!”

“We never were…we’re the Titans!”

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The Flash #786 Micro-Review – Flash Family Fun

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The Flash 786, cover, 2022, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #786
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Amancay Nahuelpan, Jeromy Cox & Peter Pantazis (Colorists), Justin Birch (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.

RELEASED: September 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

What Jeremy Adams has managed to do, at least with these last several issues I’ve read, is turn The Flash into a fun book about a family of heroes. This, as opposed to a book that’s simply about Barry Allen or Wally West. These Dark Crisis tie-ins in particular have been a nice supplement to the main miniseries.

Wally, Linda and the kids mingle with some heroes from the larger DC Universe in this issue. Robin has a couple of cute interactions with Irey. Amancay Nahuelpan and our colorists also give us a hell of a Justice Society.

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4 Micro-Review – Young Justice vs. The World

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 4, cover ,2022, Max Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4 (of 6)
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero & Hi-Fi (Colorists), Pat Brosseau (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.

RELEASED: September 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Much of this issue consists of an all-out brawl between Young Justice and the entire mid ’90s DC Universe. Though the battle itself essentially takes a backseat to the existential conversations being had by our heroes. That feels a little bit wrong. But it’s still cool to see the the ’90s versions of all these heroes.

Incidentally, the ’90s Batman and Superman get a little too young and skinny early in the issue. Did Braga intentionally draw them that way so they’d look more like Conner Kent and Tim Drake? (I admit, I might be reaching on that one…)

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Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Wonder Woman #1 Micro-Review – Martian Squidhunter?!?

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TITLE: Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Wonder Woman #1
AUTHORS: Tini Howard, Dan Watters
ARTISTS:
Leila Del Duca, Brandon Peterson, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Michael Atiyeh (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer). Cover by Del Duca & Bellaire.

RELEASED: September 13, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue’s Wonder Woman feature is all well and good. But what I came away thinking about was the straight up bizarre Martian Manhunter back-up.

Two words: Martian Squidhunter.

Dan Watters, Brandon Peterson, and Michael Atiyeh craft a noir tale in black, white, and red. J’onn, and every other human on Earth, now has a squid face. They look not unlike the ood species from Doctor Who. It’s downright haunting. But at the same time, I love the creativity. So it gets a big thumbs up from me.

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A Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 Micro-Review – Where’s Our Big Bad?

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths 4, cover, 2022, Daniel Sampere, Alejandro SanchezTITLE: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (of 7)
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)
RELEASED:
September 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Things ramp up a little bit this month. But by and large, my complaints about Dark Crisis still stand. I’m still waiting for this to feel like a Crisis-worthy event.

I’m wondering how much of that has to do with our villain choices. Right now we’ve got Pariah and Deathstroke working for something called the “Great Darkness,” which is a fairly vague concept. Did I miss some kind of required reading before Dark Crisis?

Maybe what we’re missing here is a big bad. Somebody like the Anti-Monitor or Darkseid.

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Epic Covers: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 by David Nakayama

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Does Zatanna get enough love? Probably not. She’s DC’s resident sorceress, and has powers that rival pretty much anyone in the DC Universe. Plus, she’s got that classy, vintage pin-up girl vibe going for her. There’s a lot to like.

David Nakayama does his part to show Zatanna some love this week with a variant cover to Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4. There’s an obvious sexiness to it. But what I like is the pose, with the hand reaching out at the reader, combined with the star effect. The character also looks good in blue, which is a contrast to the black hat and coat we usually see her in.

Interestingly enough, Nakayama opted to give her pants as opposed to her trademark fishnets. Call it a more modern look.

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths 4, variant cover, 2022, David Nakayama, Zatanna

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