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Review: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7

 Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7

For quite some time, it’s felt like the DC Universe has just barreled from one event to the next and at times multiple events going at the same time. Resolution is short with an almost immediate build to the next Crisis. It’s an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth… but on a multiverse scale. Dark Nights lead to Dark Nights: Death Metal, which eventually lead into Dark Crisis which was really Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. But, with so many events, things have unfortunately blended together. Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 wraps up the latest leaving us pretty much where we began.

Written by Joshua Williamson, Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 wraps things up and delivers teases and story lines yet to come. It shakes up some characters and teams but overall doesn’t feel like the world of possibilities like previous recent events. Where Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 succeeds is its focus on a few characters, Nightwing becomes much more of the center for the DC Universe that’s to come and Black Adam gets much more depth. It’s in a way a passing of a baton to the next generation of heroes and in that way succeeds in elevating some of the characters. But, as a story, it suffers from some of DC’s past mistakes. A mumbled story where things are sort of explained away, others you just go with, and in the end a status quo that’s a bit head scratching. Mostly because it doesn’t seem all that different from where things began. It was a lot of action and drama that didn’t change a whole lot. Two armies go to battle for the end result to be the same borders.

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 doesn’t so much feel like it charts its own path going forward by shaking things up. Instead, it feels like an attempt to make sense of a bunch of threads that have been weaved in the year since Death Metal ended. An attempt to get things more focused going forward. It’s not a follow up to the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, so much another sequel to recent events to get things settled that were left unanswered.

The art by Daniel Sampere, Jack Herbert, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, and Rafa Sandoval is really good. They’re joined by Alejandro Sanchez, Alex Guimaraes, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Matt Herms on color, and Tom Napolitano on lettering. The main story art has some solid switches between the battle raging in the real world and the battle in the mind between Nightwing and Deathstroke. Black Adam also gets his spotlight with a single page that makes the anti-hero a much more complicated hero. Overall, there’s moments that pop but few that will live on as iconic. The teases at the end too vary with the final one really delivering a punch.

At the end of Dark Nights: Death Metal, a multiverse was born of infinite possibilities. At the end of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 a new multiverse is born of infinite possibilities. The difference? I couldn’t really say. Beyond the small details, a lot of the two events feels exactly the same. While the event sends some characters and teams in new directions, overall, it was a lot of show to get us to a spot not much further than where we began.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Daniel Sampere, Jack Herbert, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Rafa Sandoval
Color: Alejandro Sanchez, Alex Guimaraes, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Matt Herms Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Dark Crisis #6 (of 7)

Dark Crisis #6 (of 7)

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez
In Shops: Nov 08, 2022
SRP: $4.99

War erupts as more heroes are taken at the hands of Pariah! The fate of the Multiverse depends on the young heroes of the DCU as they clash with Deathstroke and the Dark Army! Can the resurrected Justice League race home to Earth-Zero in time to join the fight…even if it could mean that not everyone gets to return?! And what dark powerhouse rises on the battlefield? Do not miss this incredible breakneck battle royale!

Dark Crisis #6 (of 7)

Miles Morales’ life as Spider-Man takes a turn in the Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 trailer

Being Spider-Man is a constant battle. Super villains, school work, balancing a personal life with his responsibilities as a hero, son, and brother–but every time he falls, Miles Morales rises stronger than before. Until now.

This December, acclaimed writer Cody Ziglar and artist Federico Vicentini launch a new run of Miles Morales: Spider-Man where they’ll put the young hero through his greatest trial yet. Whether he’s attending school as Miles or swinging through the streets as Spidey, Miles Morales’ Spider-Sense is about to go into overdrive! Fans can get a glimpse at the danger that awaits in this high-stakes new era in the all-new Miles Morales: Spider-Man trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork. Packed with action, the trailer includes Miles’ opening showdown with Scorpion and the thrilling debut of new villain Rabble, while also giving readers a glimpse at more personal beats such as his school troubles and his new mentorship under Misty Knight! 

Be there on December 7 for this electrifying new saga of Miles Morales: Spider-Man!

Blue Beetle Graduation Day will debut in English and Spanish

This November 29th, Jaime Reyes, a.k.a. DC’s Blue Beetle, will debut in a new solo comic book series from writer Josh Trujillo and artist Adrián Gutiérrez. The comic will be simultaneously available in both English and Spanish editions—fans can preorder the Spanish language edition of Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1 with their local comic book shop. Make sure to get your pre-orders in before October 30th!

The six-issue series follows Jaime as he graduates from high school and attempts to figure out his future, responsibility to his Scarab, and what comes next for him as a Super Hero. Blue Beetle: Graduation Day will introduce new characters, like the Yellow Beetle, as well as familiar faces from across the DC Universe.

Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1 features variant covers including Rafael Albuquerque, which is an homage to the original introduction of the character, and a papel picado insert designed by Ivan Plascencia featuring the Scarab Khaji Da, to celebrate Jaime’s solo series. The papel picado will be polybagged with a foil edition of the main cover by Gutiérrez and colorist Wil Quintana.

Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1 by writer Josh Trujillo, artist Adrián Gutiérrez, colorist Wil Quintana and letterer Lucas Gattoni will publish on November 29 with a cover by Gutiérrez and Quintana and variant covers by Cully Hamner, Rafael Albuquerque, and David Marquez and Alejandro Sánchez.

English preview

Spanish preview

Preview: Dark Crisis #5 (of 7)

Dark Crisis #5 (of 7)

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez
In Shops: Oct 04, 2022
SRP: $4.99

WAR AT THE HALL OF JUSTICE! After the shocking events of the last issue, Pariah has won. And now his Dark Army is poised for the invasion of our world. It’s up to the Titans to rally the remaining heroes to defeat Deathstroke’s ever-growing forces and avert total destruction! An epic war starts on the steps of the Hall of Justice, and only a miracle could help the heroes now. But all hope is not lost, as the worlds without a Justice League have begun to loosen their grip…but can the heroes return to Earth if it means one member of the Justice League could be lost forever?

Dark Crisis #5 (of 7)

Preview: Dark Crisis #5 (of 7)

Dark Crisis #5 (of 7)

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez
In Shops: Oct 04, 2022
SRP: $4.99

WAR AT THE HALL OF JUSTICE! After the shocking events of the last issue, Pariah has won. And now his Dark Army is poised for the invasion of our world. It’s up to the Titans to rally the remaining heroes to defeat Deathstroke’s ever-growing forces and avert total destruction! An epic war starts on the steps of the Hall of Justice, and only a miracle could help the heroes now. But all hope is not lost, as the worlds without a Justice League have begun to loosen their grip…but can the heroes return to Earth if it means one member of the Justice League could be lost forever?

Dark Crisis #5 (of 7)

Preview: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (of 7)

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (of 7)

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez
In Shops: Sep 06, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Witness the birth of the new DC Multiverse!
Spinning out of the pages of The Flash, the heroes have learned the secret of Pariah’s new worlds-but at what cost does this knowledge come, and what can they even do with this information-or even worse, perhaps Pariah and the Great Darkness want them to know…? On Earth-Zero, Deathstroke continues to move forward with his plans to erase legacy heroics once and for all, while Jon Kent, Nightwing, and the ragtag group of youngsters rally to step up to the increasing number of challenges. The event of the year rages on!

Dark Crisis is in many ways the direct sequel to the original Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. In this issue Pariah’s attempt to restore the infinite Multiverse reaches a breaking point! Stay tuned for a special announcement at SDCC 2022 that will change all you know about Dark Crisis!

ANNOUNCING
SPECIAL OPEN ORDER HOMAGE VARIANTS TO EPIC CRISIS EVENTS FROM YEARS PAST!
THIS MONTH IT’S ZERO HOUR: CRISIS IN TIME BY THE INCREDIBLE BRETT BOOTH and JONATHAN GLAPION!

Dark Crisis #4 (of 7)

Preview: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (of 7)

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (of 7)

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez
In Shops: Sep 06, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Witness the birth of the new DC Multiverse!
Spinning out of the pages of The Flash, the heroes have learned the secret of Pariah’s new worlds-but at what cost does this knowledge come, and what can they even do with this information-or even worse, perhaps Pariah and the Great Darkness want them to know…? On Earth-Zero, Deathstroke continues to move forward with his plans to erase legacy heroics once and for all, while Jon Kent, Nightwing, and the ragtag group of youngsters rally to step up to the increasing number of challenges. The event of the year rages on!

Dark Crisis is in many ways the direct sequel to the original Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. In this issue Pariah’s attempt to restore the infinite Multiverse reaches a breaking point! Stay tuned for a special announcement at SDCC 2022 that will change all you know about Dark Crisis!

ANNOUNCING
SPECIAL OPEN ORDER HOMAGE VARIANTS TO EPIC CRISIS EVENTS FROM YEARS PAST!
THIS MONTH IT’S ZERO HOUR: CRISIS IN TIME BY THE INCREDIBLE BRETT BOOTH and JONATHAN GLAPION!

Dark Crisis #4 (of 7)

Neil Gaiman, Mark Buckingham, and an All-Star Lineup Celebrate Miracleman’s return in Miracleman #0!

Forty years ago, Miracleman’s modern era began and changed the world of comics as we know it. Now, on the cusp of a new era of Miracleman, Marvel celebrates all things Kimota in Miracleman #0! In this giant-sized one-shot, comic book visionaries Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham make their long-awaited return to Miracleman’s saga with a special story that leads into Miracleman: The Silver Age #1! Also on sale in October, Miracleman: The Silver Age #1 will see Gaiman and Buckingham’s return to their unfinished Miracleman epic, recreating and completing the most anticipated story in comic book history!

Joining Gaiman and Buckingham in Miracleman #0 will be an incredible lineup of industry superstars, each putting their own unique spin on the captivating Miracleman mythology with thrilling new stories! Here’s what fans can look forward to:

  • Young Miracleman faces off against classic Miracleman villain Big Ben in an action-packed story written and drawn by Marvel superstar Ryan Stegman.
  • Mike Carey and Paul Davidson introduce a new Warpsmith and explore how dangerous Miracleman’s god-like abilities can be in a riveting outer space adventure!
  • Peach Momoko reveals the deadly price of Kimota’s power in a spellbinding—and terrifying—journey into the unknown!
  • Miracleman meets his maker in an explosive and thought-provoking story by Jason Aaron and Leinil Francis Yu.
  • Eisner Award-winning artist Ty Templeton examines Miracleman’s profound impact on the world around him in a series of comic strips!

And that’s not all! Miracleman #0 will also have an exclusive sneak peek at the new artwork Buckingham has completed for Miracleman: The Silver Age #1! Check out the covers now and interior artwork and revisit the brilliant world of Miracleman in Miracleman #0 on October 5! Featuring a main cover by Alan Davis and Alejandro Sánchez, and variant covers by Peach Momoko, Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson, and Skottie Young.

Your Complete Guide to this year’s Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades #1

On September 28, Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades returns with a new collection of uplifting and action-packed tales highlighting Latin and Latinx creators and characters! To celebrate Hispanic Latinx Heritage Month, the giant-sized one-shot is the latest installment in the groundbreaking Marvel’s Voices series, continuing the tradition of highlighting the cultural richness of the Marvel Universe, celebrating established comic talent, and uplifting new voices in the comic book industry! Packed with five thrilling adventures, Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades will embrace various cultural heritages and explore how they impact the journeys of some of your favorite super heroes!

Here are the stories that await in this year’s issue:

  • Legendary creator Fabian Nicieza and superstar artist Paco Medina take to the stars in an action-packed Nova adventure!
  • Miles Morales faces the music in an incredible showdown by acclaimed writer Edgar Delgado and artist Luis Morocho in his Marvel Comics debut!
  • Award-winning author Alex Segura and extraordinary artist Rogê Antônio blaze a new trail for White Tiger – and introduce a brand new character to the Marvel Mythos—CHIMERA! Find out if she’s friend or foe in this exciting first appearance. In the meantime, check out Paco Medina’s design for the character in a special variant cover!
  • Novelist Zoraida Córdova and artist Yasmín Flores Montañez dive deep into the heart of Shark-Girl as she finds herself facing off with Namor!
  • Author Carlos Hernandez brings his incredible sci-fi/fantasy storytelling to Marvel Comics for the first time alongside rising star Marcelo Costa. The pair will bring America Chavez home to defend her community against a strange threat!
  • Plus an introduction by Hector Navarro and a heartfelt interview about the history of inclusion at Marvel Comics with Fabian Nicieza.

Check out all four stunning covers and interior artwork from each story now and pick up Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades #1 on September 28! Featuring covers by Lucas Werneck, Phil Jimenez and Alejandro Sánchez, Paco Medina, and Chiko Shiko.

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