Mild Mannered Reviews – Heroes in Crisis #9

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Heroes in Crisis #9 [of 9]

Scheduled to arrive in stores: May 29, 2019
Cover date: July 2019

“All of Us”

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Clay Mann
Cover: Clay Mann
Variant Covers: Ryan Sook

Reviewed by: Glen J. Clark

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Heroes in Crisis #9We open with Wally confronting himself, as he embraces his past. Booster, Blue, Batgirl and Harley arrive in time to stop Wally’s actions.

Harley discovers that poison Ivy has had a “regrowth”, and Wally is given the help he needs.

The end.

3Story – 3: I had always stated that Tom King was a hit or miss writer with me. He is very talented, and throughout this series he wrote a compelling story for sure. It was a murder mystery that left the hero community exposed and vulnerable. Lois Lane wrote an expose, which left Superman to address the world, regarding what heroes go through on this job.

With the events of last issue, all that build up went out the window for me. Was the series and the conclusion well written? Absolutely. But that doesn’t change the fact that King took one of the most beloved characters of the DCU, and made him a killer, even if it is that he himself was the cause of his own murder. We saw something like this 25 odd years ago with Hal Jordan, and even though we got Kyle Rayner and Green Lantern Rebirth 10 years after that, it still left a beloved hero disgraced and dead.

Yes, I am a Wally fan, and yes I want progressive storytelling, heading into different and new eras, but shock value, and writing characters into dirt is not the way I want to see it done.

Now just because I didn’t like the idea of what King did to Wally, I still stay strong to the fact that I think he is still a great character writer. I loved the way he wrote Superman in this series, and it’s some of the best that we have read since Tomasi and Jurgens at the start of Rebirth. I loved that Lois had to put being an intrepid reporter above being the wife of Superman, as she wrote the story she was fed by the “puddlers”.

In the end, this story did nothing to change or help the DC heroes. The fact that it has Crisis in the title is the only reason it may be remembered in major DC crossovers.

I try never to be a negative reviewer, but I am glad that this was the final issue, and that hopefully someone else can give Wally some justice going forward.

5Art – 5: Clay Mann’s art was the highlight for me, he did an amazing job, start to finish. And it was great to have a full issue with him, seeing as how the previous issue didn’t even feature him.

The opening splash across the skyline through the clouds was a gorgeous piece of art, which must credit the colorist also, as it looked very real, aside from the clouds spelling the title.

There is a lot of emotion in the scenes between Wally and himself, again which so beautifully rendered.

We see many heroes in the interview scenes with Sanctuary, some which are very funny, but all that feature wonderful depictions of these characters. I love Detective Chimp the best.

It was a shame that we didn’t get to see Superman, Wonder Woman or Batman at all, seeing as they did play an important role in the series. It’s sad to say that the art finished stronger than the story.

5Cover Art – 5: This cover is awesome, I absolutely love it, showing the dual sides of Wally, beautifully drawn by Clay Mann.

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May 29, 2019 8:35 pm

They should have never written Wally out of existence to begin with. I enjoy Kings characterizations. The fact that this series made me care more for Harley, a character I don’t really enjoy all that much, is a true testament to Kings abilities. Superman was excellent in the series as well for what little we got of him. The overall story was decent, but I went in with really no expectations. In other Tom King news, I saw he’s going to co write the screenplay for Ava Duverney’s New Gods…. I have absolutely loved his run on Mister Miracle so… Read more »

May 29, 2019 9:04 pm

“..shock value, and writing characters into dirt..”

This is the alter upon which DC heroes are constantly sacrificed. Didio doesn’t seem to know anything else.

May 30, 2019 4:56 am

This book series was complete Sheiss and added nothing new to the character nor to the DCU. Pass on the TPB. :X

Super El
Super El
May 30, 2019 9:02 am

This issue was terrible, and I disagree with the reviewer that this was in any way remotely well written. All those speeches are horribly contradicted, and King ends up upholding the stigma regarding mental illness rather than shedding light to it. This review is too lenient on the comic. Bad show.

Kal L
Kal L
June 9, 2019 1:59 am

Well written turd I guess. Liked the series up until the last 2 issues.

June 12, 2019 5:22 am

This was terrible. For those who liked this story, great. But for many of us Wally West fans, Tom King did a terrible injustice to the Flash. The idea of “Heroes In Crisis” was pretty entertaining at first, but it just fell apart in ways that made no sense. I had to read it a few times just so I could understand, that’s how confusing it was as to why Wally had to rearrange the bodies. That was completely out of character for him. And I will never understand why writers feel the need to reinvent things, such as speedsters… Read more »