DC Comics have revealed the next major comic book project from Batman writer Tom King. King will be reuniting with artist Clay Mann for Heroes in Crisis, a new seven-issue miniseries that explores the impact a life of violence has on DC’s most vulnerable heroes.
The word “Crisis” has important connotations in the DC Universe, but this story looks to be more in line with 2004’s Identity Crisis than cosmic-focused tales like Crisis on Infinite Earths and Final Crisis. Heroes in Crisis introduces a counseling center called Sanctuary, one created by Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman and geared towards helping their fellow heroes cope with the crushing psychological pressures of the job. The series will explore the role Sanctuary serves in the superhuman community and what happens when it fails. The series will also be set against the backdrop of a murder mystery, not unlike Identity Crisis before it.
As readers may know, King worked as a CIA analyst before becoming a comic book writer, and his experience on the job is informing his approach on Heroes in Crisis. “I feel like I’m part of a rolling generation of people who spent their twenties overseas fighting terrorism,” said King in DC’s press release. “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.”
Heroes in Crisis looks to spotlight two characters in particular – Harley Quinn and Booster Gold. Both have played key roles in the pages of King’s Batman run recently. Harley helped to save the world from an out-of-control Poison Ivy in “Everyone Loves Ivy.” And in “The Travelers,” a psychologically unstable Booster altered the DC timeline in a misguided effort to save the Waynes from being murdered.
“If I could do anything to the DCU,” continued 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.”
Heroes in Crisis features art by Mann, colors by Tomeu Morey and letters by Clayton Cowles. The first issue will debut in comic shops and digitally on September 26.