DC Announces Dark Crisis as Its Next DCU Event Series
DC's next big event will be Dark Crisis and will spin out of the upcoming death of the Justice League and connect major stories since Infinite Frontier #0.
Announced by DC, Dark Crisis is a seven-issue event that starts in June. The main book, which releases monthly, will be written by Joshua Williamson (Batman) and illustrated by Daniel Sampere (Action Comics). Alejandro Sánchez will color the title, with Tom Napolitano lettering.
Prior to the first issue of Dark Crisis in June, DC will release two prelude books in May. The first, Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition, releases on May 7. That book features Williamson as well as a bevy of other writers. Sampere and Jim Cheung (Young Avengers) are billed as artists on the title, though the solicitation information makes clear others will contribute as well.
After the release of Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition, DC will put out Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1 on May 31. That book will be a one-shot writers Jeremy Adams, Brandon Thomas, Chuck Brown, Stephanie Phillips and Phillip Kennedy Johnson are all billed as writing the book alongside Williamson. Art for that title will come from Clayton Henry, Dan Jurgens, Fico Ossio, Emanuela Lupacchino, Leila Del Duca and more.
The plot synopsis for Dark Crisis reads: "In the original Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, the homeworld of Pariah, along with the infinite Multiverse, was obliterated. Now this mad sole survivor has found a way to bring his homeworld and the entire infinite Multiverse back from the dead: Earth-0 must die. An ancient destructive force called the Great Darkness, first appearing in Swamp Thing by Alan Moore and Stan Woch, is the weapon Pariah will wield as he paves a path to rebirth and vengeance. In DC's next big event, Dark Crisis, the heroes left behind must come together to combat this great evil and save the lost Justice League, but what happens when not everyone agrees to join the fight?"
Speaking about the series, Williamson said, "Dark Crisis is an epic DCU event about legacy. It will have all the giant, fun cosmic battles and Multiversal set pieces, but it's not about reboots, retcons, or rewriting time and space. At its core it's about the characters and the relationships that we've seen built over DC's great history. Dark Crisis spins out of Justice League #75 'Death of the Justice League' and connects all the story threads across the DCU since Infinite Frontier #0 in a major way. Unifying the new legacy of the DCU as we honor the classic. You can't miss it!"
Sampere added, "To me, Dark Crisis is a big celebration for all DC fans. It's a huge event full of epic and heart, an event that embraces the past while looking to the future. Joshua and I are the biggest DC fans, and this is our love letter to these characters and this universe."
You can read the solicitation information for Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition and Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1 below and see art for the series.
DARK CRISIS #0 FCBD SPECIAL EDITION
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON and more!
Art by JIM CHEUNG, DANIEL SAMPERE, and more!
Cover by DANIEL SAMPERE
32 pages | Standard periodical 6 5/8" x 10 3/16"
ON SALE 5/7/22
Witness the rise and fall of the Justice League! The event years in the making is here with Dark Crisis. The Justice League is comics’ greatest super-team—made up of DC Comics’ legendary Super Heroes, they have saved the world countless times. No crisis was too much for them to handle…until now! The Justice League has been defeated by the Great Darkness and its army of DC’s most dangerous villains—now a new generation of heroes must rise to protect not only the Multiverse…but also the legacy of the DC Universe! A prelude to DC’s biggest story of 2022!
Includes a preview and art from Dark Crisis #1, coming in June! Don’t miss out on this Free Comic Book Day special featuring the blockbuster talents of Joshua Williamson, Jim Cheung, and Daniel Sampere! For free!
JUSTICE LEAGUE: ROAD TO DARK CRISIS #1
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, JEREMY ADAMS, BRANDON THOMAS, CHUCK BROWN, STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, and PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
Art by CLAYTON HENRY, DAN JURGENS, FICO OSSIO, EMANUELA LUPACCHINO, LEILA DEL DUCA, and more!
Cover by DANIEL SAMPERE
Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
1:25 variant cover by RAF SARMENTO
$5.99 US | 48 pages | One-shot | Variant $6.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 5/31/22
The Justice League has tragically fallen in battle, and now we see the aftermath. How does the world react to the Justice League being gone? Which heroes rise up…and which villains try to take advantage? And what dark forces are lying in wait to attack? An all-star roster of DC talent showcases a world without a Justice League and sets the stage for next month’s Dark Crisis event!