A Dark Crisis #1 Micro-Review – Crisis-Worthy?

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Dark Crisis 1, cover, 2022, Daniel SampereTITLE: Dark Crisis #1
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)

RELEASED: June 7, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This book seems, thus far at least, to be less about a big Crisis-level threat and more about whether Jon Kent and the other heroes can band together after the death of the Justice League. A perfectly viable premise for an event comic. However, whether it’s worthy of the Crisis name remains to be seen.

This all feels a little hollow though, as we know the League is inevitably returning.

Daniel Sampere’s art is very much worthy of a big event comic like this. He’s got a lot of characters to draw here. But his execution is on point.

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A Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1 Micro-Review – Nightwing’s Bad Hair Day

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Justice League Road to Dark Crisis 1, cover, 2022, Daniel SampereTITLE: Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1
AUTHORS: Joshua Williamson, Various
ARTISTS:
Dan Jurgens, Various. Cover by Daniel Sampere & Alejandro Sanchez.

RELEASED: May 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Not the most thrilling collection of short stories I’ve ever read. I still don’t have a strong sense of what exactly Dark Crisis is about, outside of the fact that the Justice League is “dead.” Is that it? Is that our premise?

The best thing in here is probably the opener by Joshua Williamson and Dan Jurgens. It’s a story about Jon Kent and Dick Grayson coming to grips with a world without a Justice League. But oddly enough, what stuck out the most to me was the awkward way Jurgens drew Nightwing’s hair…

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A Batman #123 Micro-Review – An Easy Transition

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Batman 123, cover, 2022, Howard PorterTITLE: Batman #123
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Howard Porter, Trevor Hairsine, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Rain Beredo (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer), Willie Schubert (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 3, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I was able to follow this issue fairly easily, despite not having read the two “Shadow War” issues that came after Batman #122. That kind of thing is always appreciated.

Still, for my money the back-up story by Williamson and Trevor Hairsine stole the issue. Taking place in the past, it sees Batman mix it up with Deathstroke and the Joker, as a bounty looms over Robin’s head. Hairsine renders the classic Robin costume very well, albeit briefly.

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A Shadow War: Alpha #1 Micro-Review – Batman Said What?!?

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Shadow War Alpha 1, cover, 2022, Jonboy MeyersTITLE: Shadow War: Alpha #1
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Viktor Bogdanovic, Daniel Henriques (Co-Inker), Mike Spicer (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer). Cover by Jonboy Meyers.

RELEASED: March 30, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue was coming along just fine, until we came to a total clunker of a line that’s given to Batman.

Out of what feels like the clear blue sky, Batman tells Damian that he could have prevented Alfred’s murder had he been there. Damian, of course, was there, and was unable to stop it. Granted, father and son are in a heated exchange when this line comes out. But it still feels needlessly harsh, and shoehorned in as a cheap way to manufacture drama. Bad form.

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A Robin #12 Micro-Review – A Bogus Belt Buckle

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Robin 12, cover, 2022, Victor BogdanovicTITLE: Robin #12
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Roger Cruz, Norm Rapmund (Inker), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer). Cover by Victor Bogdanovic.

RELEASED: March 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Look at Robin’s belt buckle. It’s stylized to look like a D. As in Damian. That’s lame. Like, really lame.

On the subject of the Robin costume, Damian fights an evil version of himself in this issue, who’s got alternate outfit that works well as a one-off. Honestly, sometimes I wish Damian’s gray suit was just a one-off. I miss the colors.

Roger Cruz isn’t the first to draw Damian with an older, slightly taller look. Is this becoming the norm? If so, that’s not bad. I’d just like to see it more consistently rendered across the DCU.

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A Robin #11 Micro-Review – An Unlikely Team

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Robin 11, cover, 2022, Simone di MeoTITLE: Robin #11
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Gleb Melnikov, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer). Cover by Simone di Meo.

RELEASED: February 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Damian may have finally found a team he’s suitable to lead in Connor Hawke, Ravager, and the others we see here. He only ever worked in the Teen Titans as a disruptor. Certainly not a permanent leader.

While I like the team dyamic on display here, and we get a pretty cool two-page fight sequence, by and large I think the story with Ra’s al Ghul, Talia, and the whole family has officially grown stale for me. Thankfully, Damian returns to Gotham next issue.

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A Deathstroke Inc. #6 Micro-Review – Like Batman, But Deadlier…

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TITLE: Deathstroke Inc. #6
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Paolo Pantalena, Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Howard Porter & Hi-Fi.

RELEASED: February 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a pretty cool silent page in this issue where Black Canary lets herself fall backward off a cliff. Really nice work by Paolo Pantalena.

There’s no throne of skulls in this issue. If you’re going to put a throne of skulls on the cover, you need to follow through on the interior. Isn’t that a rule? If it’s not, it should be.

Deathstroke Inc. is chugging along, as we’re starting to see how and why the series has its name. It looks like we’re about to get Batman Inc., only a whole lot deadlier…

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A Robin #10 Micro-Review – Riding on a Plateau

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Robin 10, cover, 2022, Simone di MeoTITLE: Robin #10
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Roger Cruz, Norm Rapmund (Inker), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer). Cover by Simone di Meo.

RELEASED: January 25, 2022

For my money, Robin has plateaued for the time being. It’s not bad at all. But since we’ve gotten into this stuff with Ra’s al Ghul’s mother, things have stalled.

That being said, I can appreciate what Joshua Williamson has done as far as developing the “Mother of the Demon,” and how she ties into the origin of Ra’s, the Lazarus Pit, etc. It’s good writing. It’s just not the most compelling stuff in the world.

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A Deathstroke Inc. #5 Micro-Review – The Big Bad(s) Revealed!

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Deathstroke Inc 5, cover, 2022, Howard PorterTITLE: Deathstroke Inc. #5
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Paolo Pantalena, Hi-Fi (Colors), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Howard Porter & Hi-Fi.

RELEASED: January 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue sees Slade and Dinah take brief forays into idealized versions of their respective lives via a dreamworld. I’d have liked to see more time spent on that. But in this case I get it. This issue had more pressing matters to attend to…

We get a look at our big bad(s) toward the end of this issue. The revelation opens up some potentially interesting storytelling doors. Slade also spends the final three pages doing something that’s very…Slade. So all in all, this was a good issue.

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A Robin #9 Micro-Review – An Overachiever

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TITLE: Robin #9
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Roger Cruz, Norm Rapmund (Inker), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer). Cover by Simone di Meo.

RELEASED: December 28, 2021

This issue overachieves, in my opinion. The fight against the big “Lazarus Demon” is better than I thought it would be. Damian has a nice rah-rah moment with the other tournament fighters. There’s even big callback to Batman: Year One. Tough to ask for more, right?

Alfred is clearly cast as a paternal figure for Damian in these issues, which I have mixed feelings about. They lay it on a little thick in this issue in particular.

I’m still missing the classic red, green, and yellow Robin colors. When does the gray suit go away?

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