Saturday, November 3, 2018
"Heroes In Crisis," #2 Doesn't Know What it Wants to Be
"Heroes in Crisis," has some intriguing moments of what look like recorded bits of assorted heroes talking to an unseen professional about their problems. These moments are well-written, quiet vignettes that show the vulnerabilities in all of us. Then the comic has other scenes in the, "Present," where a whole bunch of slightly big-name heroes have been revealed dead (Arsenal/former Green Arrow Sidekick, Wally West/a fan favorite version of the Flash, some other ones you don't care about) and it is looking like somehow either Harley Quinn or Booster Gold murdered everyone who was at Sanctuary (and destroyed the therapy-robots). The comic of course plays-up the whole, "Was it the villain or the supposed hero?" element heavily as well as hinting that the confessionals heroes do at Sanctuary may not be as secure as assumed. It's the kind of over-the-top melodrama expected of big events (fights, deaths, mayhem!) and feels sharply counter to and out-of-place with the more introspective flashbacks full of heroes ruminating on such heavy topics as obsession, trauma, and putting on a brave face despite being terrified inside.
2.5 out of 5 stars.