Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Dark Crisis #2 Review

Titans Together... No More

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 5, 2022

Alright, we're getting into our newest Crisis now, where previously we saw the Darkness infused Deathstroke and his Secret Society throw a full-on frontal assault on Titans Tower where not only did it look like Chupacabra might have died, but Nightwing and Beast Boy as well. While people were falling we also had people coming together as Jon Kent went around and tried to form a new Justice League, after the death of his father's team and while he succeeded, what we got was one of the craziest JL teams I've ever seen. Let's jump into this issue and see where our heroes go next in their attempt to hold the Darkness and its body of supervillains at bay. Let's check it out.

As we continue our Dark Crisis I'm getting worried about what will happen with this event since we're in the second issue and I don't really feel like we've started. Right now when I think about what I thought Dark Crisis was, I think about the body of supervillains made up of Darkseid, Eclipso, Upside-Down Man, Neron, Nekron, Doomsday, Ares, and the Empty Hand. This big bad that took out the Justice League is nowhere to be seen though and I don't even know if our heroes think that they're still a threat after Black Adam's conversation about what happened to our heroes in the Death of the Justice League. Instead, we're presented with the Darkness's agent on Earth, Slade Wilson, who's doing Pariah's bidding of sowing chaos for whatever this mastermind is planning in his attempt to destroy Earth-0 and bring back all the fallen worlds of the previous Multiverse. What does this mean for us in this issue? Well, we'll get some badass action that I love reading but as far as actual threats, we discover that we don't have to worry about anyone in this story as of right now, which seriously takes the stakes out of what we witnessed in the previous issue and this issue.

So yeah, we have Slade's Secret Society attacking Teen Titans Academy and it looks epic and you get some massive action out of it and some great Nightwing moments, not to mention some of my favorite villains showing up. You also get other heroes coming together because of the looming threat and this too is cool because it features one of my favorite characters in DC Comics who has been absent for a long time now but this section of our book is pretty standard and in no way as jaw-dropping, as shock-inducing as our initial assault on Titans Tower, even if that section of the book ended in a sub-par way. Hopefully, big things will be coming with the tie-ins and the next issue because I just need to feel like this event has actually started.

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All in all, the art in this issue is great and it gives off the epic feel of a book that you'd call an event so everything on that front is great. The action is intense and all the characters involved look amazing and large and in charge. My biggest gripe about this issue is the story or more how the story is presented because while I'm all in on Dark Crisis and everything that was set up to get us here, I just want everyone to feel like a real threat is coming and Pariah telling us that Slade can't kill anyone, even though that seemed to be the half the point of the first issue with not only taking out Titans Tower but showing every legacy hero with a crosshair on their head kind of kills the stakes that it felt like we previously had. That being said, with the characters that this issue gives us, the situations it presents and the badassery of the fights that we got, this issue is still fun and I recommend that everyone still check Dark Crisis out because while it feels like we have a failure to launch to get this party started, I'm still really invested in this story and we're getting some great characters doing some really interesting things.

Bits and Pieces:

While the story doesn't impress me with the progression that we're getting, what is impressing me is the feel of the book with the situations that it's presenting and the characters that it's dishing out.  I'll tell ya, I get one of my favorite DC Comics heroes and one of my favorite DC Comics villains showing up in this issue and neither have been featured in forever!  We also get Nightwing being badass and since he refuses to do much of anything badass in his series, I'll take what I can get here, especially when it's against the Darkness infused Terminator, Deathstroke.


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