Dark Crisis #2
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Daniel Sampere
Colors by Alejandro Sanchez
Letters by Tom Napolitano
The Rundown: With the Justice League presumed dead, Deathstroke is on a mission to make sure no one takes their place.
In the aftermath of his actions, Pariah continues his plans for the multiverse. Plans that require the destruction of Earth Zero. Plans that will require him to enlist agents on that world. On the planet itself, Nightwing has been rescued by two of his students and is being dragged through the bowels of the tower as it is being attacked by Deathstroke and his forces.
After recovering, Dick arrives to find Deathstroke is control and threatening both the Academy and everyone in it. After showing Slade that he is still more than a match for him, Dick realizes that he might have to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to ensure his students remain safe. Fortunately for the students, Jon arrives but this attack reveals that there is someone pulling Deathstroke’s strings and that could mean trouble for everyone.
The Story: Williamson delivers some interesting and tension filled moments in a story that has a great sense of immediacy, but still continues to lack a purpose for me as a reader. I like seeing Nightwing and other heroes stepping into the roles of the missing members of the League, but the premise of another crisis that threatens the multiverse is falling flat with me as a fan. I like Deathstroke’s role in this story though and his menace does make me intrigued to see how far he will go and what he will do next.
The Art: Sampere delivers some stunning and brilliantly detailed visuals throughout the issue. The art is dynamic, kinetic and wonderfully done.