Dark Crisis # 2 Review | Batman News
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I like to put a level of creativity in my reviews – but normally it’s a bit conditioned that the story encourages a creative response. As Dark crisis # 1, number 2 does little to convince me that such an effort is necessary. There are good things here, but it’s shallow – content without the depth that would normally warrant comprehensive analysis. So let’s see what we work on instead!
“Fall of the Titans” is exactly what you think: with a few small exceptions, the book is all about the attack on the Titans Tower, and the fall of the Titans Academy. I want to warn you about spoilers, but as number 1, it does not do much more than what is written on the box. We do not see the new Justice League in action, except for Superman – and we only get a small hint about the bigger story playing, one involving Pariah, The Flashes, Green Lantern Corps and Great Darkness. It’s mainly dependent on you being invested in the Titans and their academy … something I am not, despite DC’s best efforts to establish a new era for the team.
That said, I must freely admit that the pace of this book is pretty good! I never felt tired of the story, but I did not think anything was rushed. Although I was not emotionally invested in the fall of the Titans Tower, I felt it was a good way to develop the plot. Deathstroke has been fighting the Titans since he was conceived, and this complete attack on their lifestyle in the absence of the Justice League feels like a kind of culmination – The Terminator comes to collect his debt, and Nightwing’s school pays the price.
The action is also good. Daniel Sampere’s art continues to be of absolutely fantastic quality – it’s one thing to show a bunch of A-list superheroes standing together, another thing to show many D-list villains in one action sequence, without them getting it to seem completely ridiculous. This book takes itself pretty seriously, though it really shouldn’t: not with Deathstroke rocking a haircut that that.
Beast Boy is not dead, and I’m not sure if I prefer a cheap fakeout or not. He’s not the first DC character to be shot in the face and survive (hey, Joker!), So anyway, I guess. Despite the decimation and destruction shown in this edition, it has little effect – the tower can always be rebuilt, and no one ends up dying. However, I must admit that the story gets more exciting! Nightwing, Superman and Black Adam seem to be the main characters in this book, and although the cast has proven to be a bit of a hot dog party so far, I expect future releases to expand the cast and show us exactly what we’re into. You do not have my attention, but you have my curiosity – keep up the good pace, then you can get more.
- You’re invested in the Titans’ livelihood.
- You were not completely turned off by my first review.
- The expanding conspiracy and the wider scope of the story excite you. These are not great recommendations, but I’m working on what I have here.
All in all
I do not think this book is so creative, but you can not say that it is not ambitious – and I like how it goes to give Legacy characters their time in the spotlight during a big event! I would go into more detail, but it’s hard to be very detailed or comprehensive about a book that does not have much substance right now. For now, I just want to say that it has not lost me – let’s see what it takes for it to grab me.
Disclaimer: DC Comics provided Batman News with a copy of this comic for the purposes of this review.
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