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Heroes in Crisis

(Heroes in Crisis #1–9)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  512 ratings  ·  121 reviews
There's a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by CIA-operative turned comics writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD?

Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who've been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by DC Comics
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Sean Gibson
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tom King tries to replicate his incredible success in wrestling with mental health issues and the personal lives of superheroes on a small scale (see, for example, the excellent Mister Miracle) on a much grander stage, with nearly every major DC character popping up in HEROES IN CRISIS. Iconic heroes Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman headline the book, though Booster Gold, Harley Quinn, and The Flash are the focus.

Does he succeed? Sort of. King brings his usual brand of sharp dialogue to a tale that a
David Schaafsma
I loved Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s Mister Miracle, have enjoyed most of King’s Batman run, and his The Vision, all of which humanize superheroes. Heroes in Crisis extends that basic point to suggest that superheroes, just as many others in this day and age, must experience ptsd from all they have done and seen, and require healing. King, having worked in Iraq, has seen the trauma that violence can engender.

So Sanctuary is a secret treatment facility for heroes with PTSD and other ill
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2019, comics, dc
The most hated comic of 2019? Quite possibly, but in 2019, what does it matter when pretty much any intellectual property big enough to have a fanbase is being viscerally hated by its own fans. Heroes in Crisis is definitely controversial, it does a lot of things to potentially aggravate its readers. It also says a lot of things that regular superhero comics don't usually say, and that's exactly the reason why I loved this book despite everything else. Yes, the surface plot of it is kind of conf ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
The only thing I liked about this book was the artwork I am awarding the 2 stars solely based on that. The story is way too drawn out simply to the the "undercard" characters a chance to shine. For me though I have never been a fan of the "Batman won't think of this as it is too stupid and only I would do it" mentality.

The concrete is sound but badly executed. The sanctuary is created for supers to gain mental help when they need it with no judgement or recording (something not even
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, edelweiss
Tom King's version of Identity Crisis. Sanctuary is a secret treatment facility for heroes with PTSD and other illnesses. (Arsenal is there because he's a drug addict / alcoholic depending on pre or post Nu 52 mythology.) Something goes down there and a whole bunch of heroes are killed. The big three of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are left to figure out what happened. Who is ultimately behind it makes sense given their awful treatment since the Nu 52 dawned. I do have to say I'm really tired of ...more
A very Tom Kingian Tom King book, where it's all about emotions and emotional vulnerability rather than punching and laser beams. I like Tom King's work, and so the tone and humor of the book worked for me. What didn't work:

The whole "We can't let people find out that some heroes get therapy" subplot. I feel like if you told people that some heroes get therapy most folks would be like "yeah, duh". Also, this subplot was dropped halfway through the story and really only seemed to be i
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Basic Plot: Sanctuary, a place for superheroes to go to recover from trauma and get help for mental problems, is attacked and the perpetrator must be brought to justice.

What a whirlwind of a plot. The mystery is crafted incredibly well and when the reader finally sees what happened it's pretty mindblowing. I love all the little panels of the heroes talking to Sanctuary and seeing what they say. I also love the resolution of the plot and what it does.

The mere concept of sa
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went into this thinking I wouldn't like it, based on some other reviews. And at first, that was true: I don't want to think about my heroes with real-life psychological problems and foibles. As the story progressed, it grew on me, surprisingly. I really liked the ending, but I won't say why so I don't spoil it for anyone. There are some laugh out loud moments, too.

Aside from the story, the artwork was fantastic.
Chris Lemmerman
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a place, a place where heroes can go when life doesn't seem to want to give them a hand. Where they can stay for as long as they need, to sort out whatever problems they're dealing with, and go back out into the world a better, stronger person. This place is Sanctuary, and it is meant to be a secret. But when several brutal murders bust Sanctuary wide open and expose it to the world, the race is on to find the true culprit - and both Booster Gold and Harley Quinn are square in the sight ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital
I mostly enjoyed this up until the last issue, and then it completely lost me. It's not as great as it probably should be given the talent behind it, but I liked the idea of superheroes needing somewhere to go and unload their shit. And then it's only natural those secrets would get out, but then that plot line was mostly dropped?
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tom King is becoming the master of psychological superhero drama, I thought Vision was a masterpiece while Mister Miracle was too heavy and long for it to be entertaining, but he found the right balance in Heroes in Crisis. I was about to rank this among the best DC books I ever read, but the convoluted time-travel plot didn't made much sense to me. Still a heck of a good read, one thing that I absolutely love is how King added such a massive flaw to a much beloved character, It only made him mu ...more
Kyle Berk
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Heroes in Crisis is frustrating to read in a month to month basis. It's slow and plodding, deliberately so. But it reads better in a collection.

I read it as it was coming out and from that experience I'd probably give it a two to two and a half star because of how different the two halves of the story feel. You have everything going on in the interview sessions, there isn't and overarching plot going through them they are just character work. Very good character work most of the time
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While vigilantism is always at the heart of juridical debates, with individuals breaking the law to serve a greater good, we’re often led to believe that their lives are void of adversity and that they represent the paragon of virtues as they dish out their own form of justice to those that escape the grasps of the law. Albeit partially true, these individuals are also subjugated to the same scale of emotions as everyone else and face some of the toughest
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer up front -read as digital floppies (there-that's out of the way)

From online comments I think I'm in the minority. This was a really good concept, close to great, but King's execution was off just enough, the ending just muddled enough that I cannot give this four stars. It's good, and if you're a fan of American super hero comics I think you should give this a try.

Over the years I have worked with multiples EMS, Fire, and Police personnel. My partner's son has
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tom king does what he does best, takes superheros and grounds them in a way that no one else can. Heros in crisis is an exploration of PTSD and how even the strongest of us need help to deal with emotions such as grief and loneliness. Just because you are in a position of great power does not mean you are not vulnerable and you shouldn't have to suffer in silence. The raw emotion of the book is framed around a compelling mystery story that brings together the entire DC roster. This is a must rea ...more
Rory Wilding
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review contains spoilers.

The word “crisis” means something huge in the DC Universe, as it is often used for an event with potentially great consequences, often involving multiple universes and sometimes even threatening their existence. However, when it comes to titles like Identity Crisis, superheroes are facing their own psychological issues and instead of cosmic threats, it’s about domestic abuse and murder. This is more in line with what Tom King – a writer who is now known for pissing off rea
Štěpán Tichý
I don't like to write this but Heroes in Crisis is Tom King's dealing with his depression and problems. I love Tom King. I enjoy his work and I really like him as a person. But recently his Batman and this became so different. Full of despair, whining, gloom and ugliness that I just can't take this anymore. superheroes can be sad. Superheroes can go mad and get broken. But there is the "but" that matters. There needs to be the point of the story where the hero is a hero. And this whole Crisis is ...more
Mitchell Kukulka
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
”I was there to stop hiding. I think that’s better. Whatever the opposite of hiding is. I was there to do that.

It was a long and arduous journey that kicked up a lot of backlash from entitled fans, but Tom King manages to bring it home with an effective tale about PTSD, self-discovery and recovery told with a depth and sensitivity that’s rare in any medium.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I was really excited about this book when I first heard the concept: Basically a therapy facility for superheroes. Up to this point, King has been slowly and delicately including mental health issues in his books, most notably in Miracle Man. Heroes in Crisis brings the topic right to the forefront, where it is revealed that there is a secret facility that superheroes can talk and work through their issues: the excessive violence on a day to day basis, dual identities, death of parents, etc.

Mental health
Drown Hollum
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so interesting and strange, and really a thing to behold. At first glance, we are looking at a Crisis style event, featuring a Flash, time travel, and a crossover of several major (and minor) DC heroes. This would be run of the mill, except for the fact that it's not that at all, and instead uses the presumed context of a Crisis style event to explore the psychology of superheroism and super-trauma. The time travel stuff is barely functional, though it meets the standards of your us ...more
Steven Matview
May 30, 2019 added it
Shelves: comics
Tom King, more like Joe King, because this book is a joke.

Okay, I actually think there is a germ of a good idea in here – how superheroes react to PTSD has a lot of interesting potential. But it’s wasted on a half-baked mystery that makes Identity Crisis look like a masterpiece by comparison and ruins one of DC’s best characters in the process.

Tom King has a lot of solid series – Vision, Mister Miracle, The Omega Men, to name a few. Give any of those your time and money before inves
Intriguing premise that railroads many characters through its plot & runs roughshod over all of them, Wally West & Barbara Gordon most of all. Only good thing in it at all was return of Booster Gold & Blue Beetle.

Tom King may be impressing Batman fans, but this book makes it very hard for me to want to pick up anything by him in the future
May 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Could you imagine being the guy who comes into the editor's office and goes "So I'm pitching an epic event about PTSD and friendship and emotions. And it's going to have dumb jokes all the time because neither I nor my intended fanbase can cope with genuine emotions without masking them in piles of punchlines. Also, the climax is going to have someone say "Bros before heroes" in the middle of a murder confession because that's not, like, palpably stupid, right? Also, time travel will be mixed in ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Tagline: “How does a superhero handle PTSD?”

Superheros have been dealing with the repercussions of death and destruction for years and who better than author Tom King, a former CIA operative, to know that this would start to wear on these DC heroes. Thus Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman band together to build a secret mental health clinic in rural Nebraska called Sanctuary where heroes can go for anonymous assistance. It is staffed
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I did not hate it as much as I was supposed to, but it was disappointing.
The idea of super hero PTSD is good and King follows this message fairy well before screwing it up a bit in the end (see below).
The mystery aspect is not handled well and comes off as trite and teasing.
It is far too padded. It was supposed to be 7 issues, but it was pushed to 9. Most of the scenes of Harley Quinn and Booster having a long drawn out misunderstanding battle could be thrown away to alleviate the n
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mental-illness, comics, dc
I really liked the premise of this run, though I thought it was a little messy in execution. I loved that this addressed PTSD in heroes and how different people process their trauma - the emotion has always been my favorite part of these stories and I thought that was really strong here. The technical story is kind of convoluted, so that was a little weaker - at first I was trying to work it out, but as it goes on you can kind of tell that the actual story isn't the point.
Geoffrey Payne
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Gotta start by saying that the concept of this book is awesome. Getting to see our favorite heroes dealing with the stuff they go through every day in a type of “therapy” has a ton of potential and this book largely delivers that. Unfortunately I think it just needed more concise editing (aka I think this could have been at least 2-3 issues shorter). There’s just a lot of time spent in, albeit gorgeously drawn, panels that show a wide variety of characters talking through part of their problems. ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing. Beautifully done. I would consider it an iconic moment in comic history and very representative of the world we live in right now. Superheroes need therapy too.

Only qualm I have is that the ending came up really fast on me and I feel like I need to do a little research to slow down and understand what (or better, how it) exactly happened.
Diego López Ocón
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Welcome to the most controversial comic of 2019

Heroes in Crisis is a comic that was is supposed to talk about PTSD on heroes and villains. Is not the first time that Tom King writes about this issue on a comic, during his current career is something (the PTSD) that revolves around the stories he writes, such is the case of my favorite Mister Miracle and on the other side, his Batman run (Please just end it). In other words, it can go in any way, in this case, it's complicated. 

The books gets to make a point in the end, w
After this series concluded there was a quote floating around from Tom King about how he didn't pick the characters for the story, rather he pitched the idea and editorial told him who to use. At the time I assumed that was just him trying to run damage control for a book that was pretty universally panned, but after reading it, that makes a bit sense, since the majority of the characters act so out of character there's no way they were the intended focal points of this story (I remain convinced ...more
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