HEROES IN CRISIS #8 review

Heroes In Crisis #8 (DC Comics)

Synopsis

You’ve seen all the clues. You’ve heard the testimony and eavesdropped on the secret confessions of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Now, with the killer revealed, it’s time to find out why. What could have driven a hero to the brink, to turn a savior into a murderer? Rifts will form between old allies, and the trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman will have their leadership challenged and will question their own judgment. Sanctuary has become something they never imagined…and it’s still potentially carrying on without them!

Review

Heroes In Crisis is rapidly approaching the end of the line, there’s just one issue left to wrap things up so it’s time for a confessional. This issue strips away much of the storytelling devices of the series and instead ops to take the form of a single monologue.

Finally, seven issues in to the series, we have the identity of our mysterious killer. Wally West was the perpetrator of the murders at Sanctuary and not, as it has been suggested, either Booster Gold or Harley Quinn.

The revelation comes a little out of left field. When DC Comics holds a Crisis event there’s always a Flash on the line but never like this. I’ll be honest, it feels a little disingenuous both to the story and the character.

It feels like Heroes In Crisis has lost its way somehow. What started out as a murder mystery tied in with an exploration of mental health in the superhero world has become something else entirely.

Whilst the quality of the dialogue and the events themselves remain intriguing the overall trajectory of the story feels off. At this stage we have very little to give context to Wally’s actions post-killing.

Whilst the act of killing the various patients is tenuously justified I feel like I’ve been left scratching my head as to why Wally chose to cover it up. To go to the great lengths of framing Harley and Booster to one another seems much more calculated than was necessary given the situation.

Verdict

Heroes In Crisis has lost its way. Though this issue is revelatory in nature I can’t help but feel like we’ve lost purpose somewhere down the line. With one issue remaining some work needs to be done to ensure that it ends with a satisfying conclusion.

Excellent artwork continues to lift the series to become a much more interesting book.

6/10

Heroes In Crisis #8 is written by Tom King with art by Mitch Gerads. The month’s cover is by Gerads, Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey.

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Heroes In Crisis #8 cove by Mitch Gerads, Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey

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Neil is the GYCO Editorial Chief. He has a BA in Film & Tv and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 as an office manager and 5-9 as a reviewer/web designer. He has been subscribing to comics for around nine years but has been reading them as long as he can remember. Favourite comics: Batman; Nightwing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All New X-Men Favourite films: Batman (any apart from & Robin); Star Trek Generations, Underworld, Beetlejuice Favourite TV shows: Fringe; Buffy, Arrow, TBBT, Being Human UK and Star Trek TNG