Prepare for a crisis of a different sort with DC Comics’ “Heroes in Crisis”
We like to view superheroes as better versions of ourselves, rising above the common struggles and temptations we face to be something greater. What makes comic book heroes so engaging to read, though, is how relatable they are. Superman may be the most powerful man in the planet, but underneath the super strength and blue spandex he’s just a simple farm boy from Kansas. Batman may be a billionaire and the World’s Greatest Detective, but he’s still no more than a man who, through drive and determination, accomplished great things.
At their core, even the most alien of heroes is still human in some way, and that’s what makes them relatable. That’s how we can engage with these fantastic characters. If they’re human, though, that means they’re susceptible to very human struggles, like depression and anxiety. Where do heroes go when they’re the ones who need care?
Thats the idea behind Sanctuary, a concept that Tom King has been hinting at for the past several months. Originally announced at a convention panel early this year, Sanctuary made its debut, after a fashion, in Batman #43 when Bruce Wayne mentioned that Ivy was safely guarded there. Since then, other than hints here and there, not much has been revealed about the trauma center.
Last Night, Tom King made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, which is cool in and of itself, and this morning he has announced Heroes in Crisis, an upcoming seven-issue miniseries that deals with the trauma center and a tragedy that arises from within its walls. King will write and Clay Mann will illustrate the series, which promises to feature Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Booster Gold, and the entirety of the DCU in its central mystery. It may not be a universe altering crisis like we’ve seen before, but it’s a crisis just the same.
More details as we hear them here at Comics Now. Heroes in Crisis #1 hits comic shops and digital retailers on September 26.
UPDATE: Here's the full press release from DC Comics.
DC REVEALS TOM KING AND CLAY MANN’S TOP SECRET PROJECT, SANCTUARY, AS “HEROES IN CRISIS”
Seven-Issue September Miniseries Offers King’s Unprecedented Vision of the DC Universe
Introduces Sanctuary, A Crisis Center for DC Super Heroes That Combines Superman’s Kryptonian Technology, Wonder Woman’s Amazonian Mysticism and Is Powered by Batman’s Financial Empire
(June 13, 2018 – Burbank, CA) There’s a crisis headed toward DC’s greatest heroes, but it isn’t coming from outer space or another dimension—this time, the threat is homegrown. DC proudly presents a new seven-issue miniseries debuting in September by Tom King and his BATMAN collaborator/artist Clay Mann, titled HEROES IN CRISIS.
A former counterterrorism operations officer with the CIA, King’s bestselling, critically acclaimed comics—including THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON, THE OMEGA MEN, BATMAN, MISTER MIRACLE—have often grappled with war and conflict, and a hero’s struggle to put their war and their trauma behind them. This new series will explore similar themes against the backdrop of a murder mystery involving Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Booster Gold, and the rest of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.
“I feel like I’m part of a rolling generation of people who spent their twenties overseas fighting terrorism,” explained King. “Millions of people cycle through that machine and come home to America. And I think that sort of experience of violence is shaping who we are as a culture, and as a country. And I want to talk about that. I want to talk about that experience, the experience of what violence can do to a person, to a community, to a nation, to a world.”
These pressures and internal conflicts can impact superheroes just as hard, if not more. To that end, King created a sanctuary within the pages of the comics he’s writing—a crisis center for superheroes who spend their lives fighting villainy and protecting others.
HEROES IN CRISIS is not a tale of universes colliding and dying. Instead this is a story centering on the humans and superhumans under the mask; this is about what allows them to get up and fight when it appears they can’t ever get up and fight again. When it’s too much, and it’s often too much, heroes go to Sanctuary—created by Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman—to find a moment of safety before returning to a universe of violence. HEROES IN CRISIS is also about what happens when Sanctuary fails, resulting in catastrophic consequences for the DCU.
“If I could do anything to the DCU,” concluded King, “it would be to bring a sense of community of superheroes and people. I feel a duty to talk about what violence does to a society through the comics I’m creating.”
The premiere issue of HEROES IN CRISIS, written by Tom King with art by Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey, lettered by Clayton Cowles, and edited by Jamie S. Rich and Brittany Holzherr, will reach comic book stores and be available digitally on September 26.