Heroes In Crisis: Wait? or Read As Published?

Tom King has written an amazing Batman story arc for DC for some time now. He’s given us the War of Jokes and Riddles, an epic Batman/Superman bond, and of course the wedding we all had high hopes for. Of course, that was not meant to be, and the story goes on. Just passed the halfway point on a fantastic 100 issue run, DC and King are expanding the DC world to take a look outside the alter egos and crime-fighting heroes. 

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From DCComics.com

“Beginning September 26, Eisner Award-winner Tom King’s new limited series, HEROES IN CRISIS, introduces a new generation of readers to the concept of a “Crisis” within the DC Universe. This time, instead of a reality-ending event, this crisis is ripped from real-world headlines: How do superheroes handle PTSD? How do DC’s Trinity—Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman—handle the traumas and anxieties of fighting crime and saving the world, over and over again? And what happens when the safeguards that have been in place for years, fail?”

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Recent news out of DC has the event pushing up from a seven-issue run to a nine-issue run. Any time a series gets a few more issues I get excited, especially if the story warrants it. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a story unfold and feeling like you’re fast-forwarding to the end pay off. On the other side of the coin, when a series extends too long, then parts of the story get stale and don’t fit the work. A nine issue story arc seems to be the sweet spot for Heroes In Crisis as the world beyond heroes unfolds.

The real question is, is this latest event worth reading? After the first issue, I have to say I was slightly disappointed. There’s a great story arc involving The Flash, which I won’t spoil, that seems like it was cast aside. Hopefully, the writers circle back around and expand on it, or down the road is corrected. If not, then there was a giant waste in the character’s solo title.

With that being said Heroes In Crisis, as expected, was still a pretty good read for the first issue. The artwork was amazing, and the story left plenty of intrigue for me to pick up the second issue. There’s a slight bounce around that you’ll have to pay close attention to as the story unfolds. However, that just adds to the mystery and intrigue of the story. As a monthly release, anyone with trouble remembering the earlier issue might want to wait until the story is released as a whole, but if you’re a die-hard DC guy then picking it up as released is a must. Heroes in Crisis #2 is due out October 31st.

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