Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #1

Event\Storyline: Dark Crisis Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Daniel Sampere Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 8, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 69
8.2Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Crisis on Infinite Earths. Infinite Crisis. Final Crisis. And now...Dark Crisis! The epic event years in the making is finally here! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League are dead. The remaining heroes are left to protect the world from an onslaught of violent attacks by DC's greatest villains! Can the legacy heroes step out of the shadows of the classic heroes to form a new Justice League? And will that be enough to stop a darkness greater than anything they've ever faced from destroying everything? Don't miss out on the first issue of the blockbuster event of the summer!

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Tim Adams Jun 8, 2022

    Dark Crisis #1 is a fluid, fun read with stellar visuals, as the creative team successfully delivers the "big event" feel in their opening salvo. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 9, 2022

    Dark Crisis #1 serves as a fantastic opening chapter for Williamson's story. It has me hooked and I am eager to see what twists and turns this story will take over the next few months. Strap in, folks, as it looks like we're in for a hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Jun 7, 2022

    The Great Darkness and Pariah will put DC's legacy of heroes to the test. The dark army has taken down the League, and a new group of villains attack. Characters from the last 35 years of DC history will rise to prove their mettle as the foundation and players set up. Emotions will spill as the creative team entertains you as they showcase their love and history for DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 7, 2022

    DC has been hyping Dark Crisis for a while and regardless if you're exhausted on big events promising the world that fail to deliver, this is one worth checking out. This first issue teases what could be a revered and well-received event if the rest stays as entertaining and memorable as the debut. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Dave Jones Jun 8, 2022

    The comic event comic reader have been patiently waiting to see, this has been years in the making. It certainly does not disappoint. A truly epic event begins right here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 7, 2022

    After the explosive action in Justice League #75, this issue largely decides to let us sit in the loss for a bit. That works as effective setup for all the chaos to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jun 7, 2022

    Dark Crisis #1 isn't just the next major DC event; it's a meditation on the themes of legacy and loss and also doubles as a love letter to the history of the DC Universe. The buildup to this event has been worth the wait, and I can't wait to see how the rest of the story unfolds especially since it ends on a massive cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jeremy Carter Jan 1, 1970

    The most important part of tragedy is seeing the strong heroes who step up next Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 7, 2022

    Dark Crisis #1 is a successful start to DC Comics latest big event. Joshua Williamson, Daniel Sampere, and Alejandro Sanchez wasted no time in putting over the high stakes of Dark Crisis as the DC Universe's heroes deal with a world without the Justice League. The way things went down built even more hype to find out what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 7, 2022

    Sampere delivers some beautifully detailed imagery throughout the issue. Utilizing multiple characters allows for the art to tap into different styles and those styles give the character moments and distinct and unique look. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 15, 2022

    This issue seemed to want to set up the landscape of the planet before the Crisis happens which gave it that prologue feel. But for me it worked. In particular, and odd for me, I really like Green Lantern in this issue. That alone is a compliment to Josh Williamson. So I am more grabbed than I thought I would be. And given my event fatigue that is also high praise. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jun 8, 2022

    Dark Crisis #1 is an entertaining beginning to DCs next big event. It already has some strikes against it for many fans, which is unfair because Williamson and company make this a very entertaining first issue. Its not a comic that will change the world, but its still worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Jun 13, 2022

    A strong, effective introduction that would benefit from having a bit more to say. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Anthony Trudeau Jun 8, 2022

    Joshua Williamson has had several issues to set up Dark Crisis, and yet still finds himself with much to do in terms of plotting. This leads to a comic full of nascent plot threads for the author to work with as the series progresses, but also limits its characterization somewhat. Jon Kent is wide-eyed and optimistic despite the recent death of his father, and one villains uncharacteristic brutality should not go unexplained. Nonetheless, as opening issues go, this one is a strong starting point for what DC promises to be the must-see comic event of the summer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Jun 9, 2022

    A strong start to what will no doubt be a strong story, and one that will be hard to ignore. Who will live, who will die? All bets are off (unless a character has strong franchise value, in which case theyll be ok. Yes, Im looking at you, Harley Quinn). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 7, 2022

    While this event has a strange tone and didn't exactly blow me away with what it's initially doing, there is something here that grabs my attention and a situation that actually shook me as a reader and fan of DC Comics. Hopefully the Justice League building elements of this book sort themselves out in an interesting way, but there is enough to this story so far to keep me reading and art that leaves me amazed.   Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Bryant Lucas Jun 7, 2022

    It's Dark. It's a Crisis. It's what you'd expect. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 8, 2022

    While Dark Crisis #1 didn't quite excite me, the debut has all the makings of a solid story. The overall package by the time things are done may be far better than this opening issue. Still, it has more than enough to entertain and reminds readers that what DC's classic heroes have done over and over was never as easy as it looked. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 8, 2022

    We're STILL in setup mode, but the events in this issue are simultaneously disheartening and exciting. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jun 7, 2022

    The DARK CRISIS begins exactly where JUSTICE LEAGUE: ROAD TO DARK CRISIS #1 left off with absolutely no direction, clue, or guidance as to the purpose of this event. Truthfully, all we know STILL is that the JUSTICE LEAGUE is dead which is the same thing we learned in JUSTICE LEAGUE #75. Williamson spends most of DARK CRISIS #1 forming a team and poking fun at the team he makes in a very meta-perspective. I literally left DARK CRISIS #1 wondering if this was some kind of joke. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 14, 2022

    While there is certainly chaos left behind in the wake of the absence of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the others, Dark Crisis doesn't feel like much of a Crisis event so far. As for Beast Boy, poor Gar deserved better than to get sacrificed to raise the stakes of an event that's already killed off nearly a dozen heroes before it got started. In terms of the Darkness, we also do get some foreshadowing of Pariah's mad plans which both the heroes and villains seem oblivious to. Oh, and who the hell is dressing up as Batman in Gotham City? Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Jun 8, 2022

    Did you know that Dark Crisis was actually the rejected name for Dark Nights: Metal? Funny that I'm not very invested in an event book so unoriginal that it can't even think of its own name. I'm excited at the idea of putting the new generation front and centre, and for that and the art I'm going to give the book a generous score but if the next issue retains all of my problems with this one, expect lower scores going forward. Read Full Review

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