In DC’s next big event, DARK CRISIS, the heroes left behind must come together to combat this great evil and save the lost Justice League, but what happens when not everyone agrees to join the fight?
DC has announced Dark Crisis, a new event comic being billed as the company’s “biggest story of 2022.” This crossover builds on the foundation of past epics like 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths and 2005’s Infinite Crisis, as a familiar cosmic villain seeks to restore the original DC multiverse.
Dark Crisis is written by Joshua Williamson (Batman) and drawn by Daniel Sampere (Action Comics). It’s no coincidence this story is debuting shortly after Williamson chronicles the death of the Justice League in April’s Justice League #75. Dark Crisis builds directly on the events of that issue and other recent DC series like Infinite Frontier. This new conflict will unfold in a time when nearly every member of the League is feared dead, leaving the newly minted Superman, Jon Kent, to spearhead a new team. But as Jon will discover, not every hero is willing to put their life on the line for what may well be a suicide mission.
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The instigator of this new Crisis happens to be a key figure from the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, Pariah. Originally a scientist named Kell Mossa, this tormented figure accidentally caused the destruction of his world when he attempted to view the creation of the universe and attracted the wrath of the Anti-Monitor. Now Pariah seems to have found a way of restoring the countless universes the Anti-Monitor devoured, even if it means harnessing the cosmic power known as the Great Darkness and using it to destroy Earth-0.
The preview art featured above offers a few clues as to the events of Dark Crisis. DC previously teased that only one member of the Justice League will survive the bloodbath in issue #75, and the cover to Dark Crisis #1 suggests Black Adam is that survivor. That same cover also suggests Pariah will be joining forces with a very powerful lineup of DC villains, including Darkseid, Ares, Trigon, Deathstroke, Doomsday and even Black Lantern Corps leader Nekron.
Dark Crisis itself is a seven-issue limited series that will ship monthly beginning in June 2022. If past Crisis events are any indication, readers can probably expect a number of tie-in comics as well. For now, DC is only revealing two prologue books shipping in May. The first of these, Dark Crisis #0, is being released as part of Free Comic Book Day 2022 on May 7. The second, an anthology special called Justice League: The Road to Dark Crisis #1, will release on May 31.