Writer: Joshua Williamson
Art: Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sánchez, and Tom Napolitano
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 4th, 2022
After the stunning circumstances surrounding the last issue of Dark Crisis, it would appear as though Pariah has already won. And as directly, his Dark Militia is standing by for the utter incursion of Earth. It’s now on the shoulders of the Titans to mobilize the remaining heroes in order to unseat Deathstroke’s thriving forces and preclude unlimited devastation that could end our way of life as we know it! Let’s dive into Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 by Joshua Williamson as the war commences on the very steps of the Hall of Justice. It will take a miracle to stop Deathstroke’s forces now. So, do our heroes have one last Hail Mary left in them? Let’s jump in and find out!
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The insanity ramps up to 11 as Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 tries to draw this story altogether. The battle wages on two fronts as the O.G. Leaguers return to action. Nevertheless, fans will discover that the plot holes, off-panel action, and nonsensical explanations may be too much for Williamson to bounce back from.
Readers, we’ve all seen stories get out of hand. And ultimately, I think that’s what’s going down as Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 begins to unravel at the seams. Now, before you blame Williamson, I feel this is also on the comic book companies. If Williamson had enough page count and issues, I feel he could dive in a bit deeper and tell his story. Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths just feels like it’s held back forcing Willaimson to pack 10 pounds of content into a 5-pound wrapper.
WHERE’S MY PROOF?
Let me show you a few examples sprinkled throughout Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5. Freeing Bruce from his Earth (on top of how he even go there) was weird and felt like we were missing pieces of the battle between Flash and Bruce from its beginning. It truly felt like we missed an issue. Moreover, the same goes for the Black Adam fight. We left him in a showdown with the Legion of Doom to find a fight that appeared to be almost completed and done in two pages. Readers, there is simply too much going on in such a small amount of pages that it’s causing a ton of action and story to happen off panel leaving readers to fill in some gaps.
However, the worst expression of this insane storytelling was the Superman aspect… and I mean the Clark Kent Superman side story. Superman’s otherworldly ascension (yup ascension) was unexpected, unwarranted, unnecessary, and made absolutely no sense to the overall plot of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. All this scene does is create even more plot holes and missing off-panel story threads that add up to nonsense in order to push the story forward.
And on top of all that I’ve already stated, Beast Boy returns! Why aren’t more people cheering? Oh, that’s because the moment that was supposed to be super emotional was stripped away issues ago when fans discovered that Gar didn’t die. Beast Boy was supposed to be this catalyst that severed the team. Yet, now he’s already back about three issues later stealing the thunder from his would-be sacrifice. It’s just too quick of a turnaround for this reviewer. To be shot in the head and survive with only an eye patch in three issues seems almost laughable at this point.
I do like the premise established by Williamson that hammers home the point that there is only one Justice League. The original Justice League cannot be replaced. Sidekicks can’t become the Justice League nor can they develop into the roles of the original members. There will only ever be one Batman or Superman. Damian, Dick, Jon, Roy, Wally, and Donna will never be the original members nor could they ever replace them. However, they can still be Titans. They can be their own heroes. They can be themselves and take up the reins their own way. Willaimson creates that moment well as he lunges our heroes into battle creating a very powerful moment that I hope resonates with multiple writers and readers alike.
Have you ever seen the movie Tommy Boy? Remember the popular scene where Chris Farley’s character starts singing “Fat Guy in a little coat.” Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 is the little coat and the overall plot, theme, ideas, and story are Chris Farley. And if you remember how that scene ends from Tommy Boy, you’ll recall that he splits open the jacket leaving it in pieces. Well, that’s exactly what happens by the end of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5.
I’m royally confused, lost as to how and why anything is happening, and searching for some type of point of reference. How is Pariah in control of the Great Darkness? How did the Justice League escape so easily? How does Superman appear to transform into Eternity from Marvel? How does the darkness really spread and what’s the point of this event? None of this makes any sense ultimately because so much feels like it’s being left out to fit a constricted page count.
DC Comics, please listen. Don’t handcuff your writers. Give them whatever amount of page count they need to tell their story. It’s up to the company to desire how to disseminate that information. Do we have a 12-16 issue event that happens bi-weekly? Do we have a 12-issue event that’s page count is almost triple in length within each issue? The point is: to get creative to keep the reader’s interest without cutting foundational elements of the story forcing the creative team to practically have the story muffin topping.
It’s like when movie companies say that fans won’t watch a three-hour movie because it’s too long. So, they trim it down, cut critical parts, and make a far worse movie. Williamson’s story just screams that right now. There appears to be way too much that fans aren’t seeing which is causing a ton of nonsense that’s completely unnecessary if given the appropriate amount of space to share the story. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!