DC’s Heroes in Crisis debuted today, and it took a heavy toll on the heroes of the DCU.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Heroes in Crisis #1!
Heroes in Crisis introduces Sanctuary, a secret safe haven located on the old Kent family farm. Built by Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, Sanctuary is aimed at helping other heroes burdened by the psychological pressures of the job. The facility is run by an artificial intelligence also named Sanctuary, one infused with “the will of Batman, the compassion of Wonder Woman and the honor of Superman.”
Unfortunately, no sooner does Sanctuary make its debut in this issue than readers learn it’s become the sight of a horrific mass murder. An unknown assailant lashed out and murdered at least six heroes who were undergoing treatment at Sanctuary – Citizen Steel, Hot Spot, Blue Jay, Lagoon Boy, Flash (Wally West) and Arsenal – along with the facility’s entire staff.
Nor do readers have to wait long to learn the identity of the killer. While initially the story makes it seem as though Harley Quinn is the killer, she reveals that Booster Gold turned on his fellow heroes. Worse, his mind is seemingly so far gone that he doesn’t even remember the murders. Ironically, the man who probably needed Sanctuary the most is the one who may have doomed it.
Wally West may well be the most surprising death in this issue. Not only is it highly unusual to see such a major character killed off so abruptly, Wally only recently returned to prominence in 2016’s DC Universe Rebirth #1. He may have been the catalyst that started DC Rebirth in motion, but it seems Wally won’t live long enough to see Rebirth’s climax play out in Doomsday Clock.
Let us know in the comments below what you think of these shocking deaths and this dark new chapter in the DCU.