Heroes in Crisis #4
Issue 4 of Heroes in Crisis doesn’t do a lot to solve the mystery of the Sanctuary killer, but enough occurs to move the series forward.
Booster Gold gets the lasso lie detector test from Wonder Woman while another hero tracks down Harley Quinn. Black Canary and Green Arrow are losing patience on the investigation and are fine taking them both off the board to avenge Roy Harper and Tempest drinks in his friends’ honor.
One increasingly confusing aspect of the series is how it fits into continuity. Characters seem to reference post-Flashpoint incidents while the Rebirth era still seems firmly intact in other cases. Superman and Lois Lane are in an apparent separation in the main Superman title while they’re just as close as tight as ever here. And The Flash still isn’t acknowledging Wally West’s death in his book.
Maybe that’s not such a big deal as it gives write Tom King an excuse to write a strong Booster Gold and Blue Beetle sequence. Every issue in Heroes in Crisis feels like further evidence that King knows exactly how Booster Gold should sound/act despite his out of character portrayal in Batman.
Clay Mann’s artwork is a major highlight this issue. He’s very strong in these dramatic conversational moments. King is making this more of a cerebral Crisis event so angles showing the heroes deep in thought are important. Mann hasn’t failed to deliver yet.
While we don’t get a lot of answers there’s some nice moments here and a potentially big revelation about Sanctuary. The fallout from this reveal should be interesting and cause a dramatic ripple through the DC Universe now that heroes have to question if their vulnerabilities will be broadcast to the world.
Thankfully, the next installment of the series is set for later this month so we won’t have to wait too long for some payoff to the numerous enticing subplots. Heroes in Crisis is starting to heat up and be about more than just the shocking deaths, which is a great thing in the long run for the series and DC as a whole.
Rating: 9 out of 10