Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1
Expected arrival in store: May 31, 2022
Cover date: July 2022
Cover: Daniel Sampere
Variant Covers: Chris Burnham and Rafael Sarmento
Reviewed by: James Lantz
“As a team”
Screenwriter: Joshua Williamson
Designer: Dan Jurgens
Inking: Norm Rapmund
Jon Kent helps Nightwing defeat Brick. Nightwing, in return, helps the panicked new Superman not lose hope that the Justice League will somehow return. The pair follow in the footsteps of their father figures and team up to take on Kid Amazo while Nightwing is convinced to convey his hopes to those attending a vigil for the Justice League.
Story – 4: While I love anthologies in comics, prose, TV, film, and audio, I just don’t think the format works for something like this book. The stories within would work best as separate single shots to allow for more character dynamics and storytelling. Overall, this book really doesn’t utilize the full potential of what’s been published within its pages. Does this mean that these tales are bad. Not necessarily. DC just missed a few opportunities to release “Road to Dark Crisis” this way. That said, let’s look at the individual sagas.
This is my favorite story in this issue. However, this proves my point in the previous paragraph. There really aren’t enough pages for a Jon Kent and Dick Grayson team. There are so many directions a one-shot or miniseries featuring them could go. Still, it’s great that we have this despite it being too short.
Art-5: Dan Jurgens has always been one of my favorite comic book creators. Reviewing his art in any book is a joy.
“A life of purpose”
Screenwriter: Jeremy Adams
Artist: Rosi Kampe
With the Justice League, of which Barry Allen is presumed dead, Wally West and Ace must make sure every villain trying to make a name for themselves knows Flash and Kid Flash are there to make sure Central and Keystone Cities and the world are safe. always protected by heroes. It is to give hope to people and to themselves.
Story – 4: Even though I haven’t read The Flash in quite a while, I really didn’t need it with this one. This all-too-brief story summed up Wally and Ace’s adventures while giving us all a sense of how they felt about the events of “Justice League #75.” My qualms about the format are really the only reason for the lack of a perfect score.
Art-5: The art perfectly captures the atmosphere of this story. I don’t think any other style would work.
Screenwriter: Chuck Brown
Artist: Fico Ossio
Jackson Hyde and Hal Jordan protect Atlantis from the alien Viro. The centrifuge separates him from the parasites, allowing the being to be free and leave Atlantis and Sector 2814 in peace. Jackson takes his place as protector of the seas while Hal investigates what happened to the Justice League.
Story – 4: That story is right there with “Team-Up”. Yet its length, or lack thereof, really pains it.
Art-5: It might not have worked as well in color, but for this series the art is prodigious.
Screenwriter: Philip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Leila Del Luca
Pariah, not wanting to repeat his mistakes from “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, decides to kill himself to save the multiverse. It doesn’t work for him as he is face to face with the Great Darkness.
Story – 3: Unfortunately, this is the worst story in this book. It’s not because it’s badly written. Its dependence on continuity bogs it down a little too much. Again, if a full one-shot had been used, more could have been done to fix its flaws.
Art-5: The style is not what I would normally expect for the tone of the story. However, it’s incredibly done.
“Because the Night”
Screenwriter: Stephanie Phillips
Artist: Clayton Henry
Nocturna fights Batgirl at the Gotham Museum only to be interrupted by a call from Oracle. Nocturna then receives an offer from Firefly to join the latest iteration of the Secret Society of Super Villains.
Story – 4: Again, we have too short a story. So much could have been said and done with this and the rest of the content in this issue. What were the powers that thought? The story is still very good. I just feel like bad decisions were made editorially.
Art-4: Batman looks great in the flashback, but the rest of the story art is otherwise awesome.
Coverage – 5: The image wouldn’t have been my first choice for a main cover. It’s well drawn, but I would have used another concept for it., That’s just me though.
Rafael Sarmento Variant Cover – 2: While not completely terrible, this variant feels either rushed or as if Sarmento was given the mission at the last minute.
Chris Burnham Variant Cover – 5: This one puts a rare delight in variants.
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