Here isn’t a bad idea for a comic – five stories from the Dark Crisis battlefield.
There’s Jim Corrigan racing towards the possessed-by-evil Spectre in the hope he can reunited with the Spirit of Vengeance who used to share his body, and help him regain control. Frank Tieri gives Corrigan a ‘tougher’ voice than usual in a straightforward tale whose highlight is a run-in with super spy Frankenstein. The Frankie moment carries over from Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #6, while this tale will be picked up on in… I don’t know, the story ends with ‘END?’ Probably Dark Crisis #7. Anyway, it’s a diverting few pages, with nice art from Serg Acuña, though you could easily skip it… I mean, is it exciting that Corrigan and the Spectre are reuniting when probably no one knew Corrigan and the Spectre had split?
Writer Stephanie Williams and artist Caitlin Yarsky show us that while the superheroes such as Wonder Woman battle the supervillains, regular Amazons leave Paradise Island to help firefighters hold their hoses. Whee. I wish DC would stop trying to make the Amazons a thing, all we need is one great Wonder Woman comic with Amazons as occasional supporting characters, not multiple strips with no reason to exist.
Green Lanterns Guy Gardner and Jo Mullein fight shadow demons, and learn from one another. Matthew Rosenberg writes, George Kambadais draws, Martin Gray sleeps. Seriously, this is so dull, despite the intriguingly pretentious title, ‘Make our confessions long ‘cuz when we pray we keep it short’. The illoes by Kambadais, coloured by Matt Herms, are pretty snazzy, and Troy Peteri’s wildly hand-lettered look is great. But GLs zapping generic monsters while making motivational speeches is simply dull.
Red Canary, who made a decent debut in Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 a couple of weeks ago, continues her heroic education in a strip by Delilah S Dawson and artist Tom Derenick. It’s a speedy read but a fun, good-looking one as Red Canary meets her idol, Black Canary. I do wonder, though, in a world where we have about a dozen powerless bat-sidekicks, what’s the need for one with a canary rather than a bat on their costume? I suspect that a character this likeable is going to be used to show us that while anyone can be a hero – in a modest way – if they don’t have powers, or a heckuva weapon, they’re dead. I fully expect Red Canary to be offed in Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7.
Saving the best to last… that’s the first story in the book, starring newly super-speedy Linda Park West and experienced superhero partner Iris West Allan. As the assault on the Justice League’s Hall of Justice continues, they team up to rescue a couple of kids visiting the public museum there. And the Mesdames Flash are magnificent.
The quality of the script is no surprise, given it’s by Jeremy Adams, who has put the fun back into The Flash over the last couple of years. The pencils of Fernando Pasarin and inks of Matt Ryan make for exciting visuals, including one of the best melee scenes I’ve seen in this event, with lots of specific action.
The lettering and colours throughout the book are never less than good, while the cover by Rafael Sarmento is partially great… I’m not keen on the Spectre’s head, which is very off model, while The Flash looks like a plushy (I blame that new nose-covering mask). The three ladies look splendid, though.
Thinking on, ‘partially great’ pretty much covers the whole book, with one excellent strip, two decent ones and a couple of page fillers. The book could easily be renamed Beige Crisis: War Zone.