Heroes In Crisis #3

Writer: Tom King Artist: Lee Weeks, Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 28, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 58
7.3Critic Rating
6.6User Rating

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Tragedies deepen as more secrets behind the "superhero hospital" called Sanctuary are revealed! What compelled Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to create it in the first place? How was it built? And if the hospital truly is alive via A.I., who - or what - is the brain of "Sanctuary?" Another layer peeled back in the biggest mystery woven through the entire DC Universe.

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 28, 2018

    As has become a common theme with the series so far, the last page provides another big revelation. This time with the reveal of another guest at Sanctuary. One who very easily could be the cause of the death and confusion. King had been working a slow burn, but now Heroes in Crisis is starting to heat up and its potential is finally starting to be realized in a big way. I might not be looking forward to another book next month as much as issue 4. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Nov 28, 2018

    Heartbreaking and emotionally charged, this is an insanely good tale that needs to be on every DC fans reading list! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Nov 30, 2018

    This is the first issue that I've legitimately enjoyed. There's a lot of great character work centered around an interesting concept that finally gets to be explored a little. The art compliments the writing perfectly. It's a great issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 28, 2018

    Aside from the traumatic event that sparks this series, the psychological struggles these heroes are dealing with are equally as interesting and King does a great job of making those fears palpable and understandable to the reader. There are a lot of layers to this story and each one that is uncovered is well-executed. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Nov 28, 2018

    Heroes in Crisis #3 takes us a few hours before the start of the series proper and fleshes out this secretive bit of the world. It's an interesting element of DC mythos that I am captivated by and while I understand the misgivings some will have about the sheer bleakness of the series. There is something appealing about the humanity King is trying to uncover, and I remain here for it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Nov 28, 2018

    This is quite possibly the most effective and promising issue of Heroes In Crisis to date. Despite being a flashback issue, we now know more than we've ever known, and respectfully have more questions than when we started. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 28, 2018

    This book is progressing nicely. My main concern is the pacing; too slow and we may find that we have a chaotic ending within everything thrown into the mix. Go too fast and we run out of issues and require fillers, which as we know, with the inclusion of the one-shots has actually happened. Still, putting those worries aside, you can not argue about the high quality of the writing, the art and the overall production values of this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 28, 2018

    I can't shake the feeling that as good as this series is, it's taking away more than it gives. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Nov 28, 2018

    Despite a lack of plot progression,Heroes in Crisis (2018-) #3adds insight into the inner-workings of the Sanctuary and the broken heroes that take refuge there, adding depth, and ultimately creating an immersive reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Nov 28, 2018

    Heroes in Crisis #3 continues this commendable story told through the perspective of heroes who all wear their flaws on their sleeves. If you didn't believe the things that made some of these heroes vulnerable or insecure, this book makes you think twice. It is also a lesson to writers out there that punching and kicking is fun, but you lose a lot of substance when you ignore what we can also learn from these characters at the same time. You can survive the worst and that never means you don't lose a little bit of yourself each time in the process. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 28, 2018

    Heroes in Crisis #3 adds much-needed context to the series through an emotionally charged flashback story.28 NOV 2018 Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 28, 2018

    This is a hell of a downer of an issue but it makes the story so far even more tragic. We've gone past the shock of it all to the point of realization of what has happened and who it has happened to. The team presents heroes not cut down in battle protecting the world but individuals murdered at their most vulnerable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Alex Curtis Nov 28, 2018

    While it doesn't push the mystery forward like the previous installments, #3 gives us more sobering context to the fallen guests of Sanctuary. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Nov 28, 2018

    At first Heroes In Crisis makes you think this will be a murder mystery that also examines the human condition within the world of superheroes. Now that it's been revealed Harley Quinn did invade Sanctuary and kill the heroes there, I'm left wondering where this story heading. I understand that King wants to examine the mental health of our favorite DC heroes, but readers need more to stay invested in a story that will take almost nine months to finish. I'm willing to see where Tom King goes with this story, he's proven to be a master storyteller but this issue will leave comic readers perplexed. At least Lee Week's pencil's look amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Nov 28, 2018

    We're a third of the way into this groundbreaking series. I've honestly not felt this range of emotions reading a comic since Identity Crisis, V For Vendetta or the original Watchmen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Nov 28, 2018

    An interesting issue that poses more question than answers and although this story has divided the world of DC fandom, I'm betting that the virtual reality aspect of this story is part of the mystery… but we'll see! Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo Nov 28, 2018

    The wait for Heroes In Crisis #4 is going to feel like FOREVER! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Eric Mitchell Nov 28, 2018

    Despite the negatives, I did enjoy Heroes In Crisis #3. Not only am I invested in the characters, I am also invested in this mystery. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Nov 28, 2018

    Heroes in Crisis#3 is probably the best installment to date but the series still feels lacking the gravitas of a major event and thus continues to confound readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Adil Syed Nov 28, 2018

    Top notch art and writing team up to deliver an interesting installment of this mystery story. It may have readers off-balance with their expectations right now, but it also feels as if the bigger picture is just about to start coming into focus. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 28, 2018

    Admittedly, there's always the question of where to draw the line with a book like Heroes in Crisis - and even the most charitable reads would likely agree that King and company are pushing the envelope with how dark they can push the inherently optimistic heroes of the DC Universe, as opposed to a war epic like Omega Men or the existential breakdown at the heart of Mister Miracle. So the critics wouldn't be wrong here - however, I'd argue even with some off-putting, even bleak moments, there's a level of deliberateness and craftsmanship to both Tom King and Lee Weeks that makes me still feel invested, that still keeps me feeling curious, if not necessarily hopeful in the traditional sense of the word. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Nov 29, 2018

    There's probably still a desire for most readers to find out what happens next, but if they are anything like this issue then they certainly have no sense of urgency. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Nov 30, 2018

    The issue ends with another nine panels of heroes giving their confessions. This is the first we're seeing of them, so we don't know if they are among the dead or just former patients whose confessions contributed to the breakdown of the AI. It was, however, interesting to see Protector, who I don't believe has been seen in the DC Universe since his appearance in the 1980 NEW TEEN TITANS drug awareness comic book that was sponsored by Keebler and others. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 27, 2018

    Learning more about the inner-workings of Sanctuary serves to show how silly they are. Nice and easy to read, though, thanks to the polished work of Weeks and Mann. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 1, 2018

    The grossness of King slaughtering so many characters is overpowering whatever story he's trying to tell about mental health. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Matt Johnson Dec 3, 2018

    I've said this plenty and want to stress it again: vote with your dollars. If you don't like a comic, don't buy it but hounding creators about their work is shallow and stupid. I've been pretty clear that I like Tom King as a writer, but not everything everyone is going to write will be a winner every time. And in my opinion, this time Tom King might have dropped the ball. It's impossible to judge an entire series from three issues, but Heroes in Crisis #3 is a no go from me. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Nov 29, 2018

    Three issues is a fair sample amount for a nine issue mini-series in order to render a relatively good predication on the remainder of this story. King would have to suddenly create far more depth to the story, focus his plotting, pick up the pace and deliver more compelling character work for Heroes in Crisis to turn the tide and become a quality “big event.” Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Nov 29, 2018

    The best issue so far, with art that gets the tone of the piece. Yet it is hampered by a cynical story, near-non-existent characterization and aspects that should have been present two issues ago. Hopefully the shift in focus is indicative of something better to come but I'm not holding my breath. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Nov 29, 2018

    Instead of answering questions or moving the plot forward, Heroes in Crisis #3 throws more bodies onto the pile of beloved characters. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 29, 2018

    Tom King's superhero snuff-film on paper continues to underwhelm, as we are given an entire issue to examine the therapy of three characters who are dead and thus any analysis of their character is completely pointless. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Nov 28, 2018

    Heroes in Crisis is now three issues in, and a few things have become clear: Tom King fundamentally does not understand Booster Gold as a character, and the story is going nowhere so efficiently that it's not clear what the story actually is. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Darkseid24 Nov 28, 2018

    Maybe it’s too early to really judge it, but this issue was a little weird.
    Harley Quinn is ridiculously overpowered once again, it’s just annoying, nothing more. ( If any character should die, it’s her. I am so sick of her) Apart from showing how these deaths happened there is nothing really new in this issue. So it feels more like a filler.
    Maybe these deaths aren’t real& it’s just an AI in the end, but up until now it’s pretty pointless. Some dialogue is also bad like Booster Gold. And I am still asking myself, why someone like Harley& Ivy are in Sanctuary at all. Both are murderers& it makes no sense for the heroes to trust them so much.

  • 10
    Batman Jones Nov 28, 2018

    No words. This issue destroyed me...

    Editing to add some words: Very few are talking about the final panel. I viewed it as a major reveal that should make everyone question if anyone is who we think they are. Nemesis is a master of disguise. He can look like anyone about as well as Clayface can. And we've seen how many times a character has been revealed to actually be Clayface in disguise.

    Though the Lagoon Boy/Booster Gold/Wally West arcs were the meat of this heartrending issue, the final panel felt like the headline of this issue with regard to the mystery. I suspect others aren't catching the significance of the final panel because the character has been away for so long. Could be a red herring of course but it's more

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  • 6.0
    Nihilist Nov 28, 2018

    At this point I guess it's safe to say the entire event derailed pretty badly for DC, and after reading this issue, I can confidently say that Lagoon Boy perfectly captures who Tom King is as a writer. He loves repetition, he uses repetition time and time again whenever he has a chance, and while it's perfectly acceptable for a traumatized hero who can't let his pain go and relieves his most painful memory over and over again, it becomes pretty tedious for a reader after a while. Especially a reader who's familiar with King's other works. Whether it's "Darkseid is", Batman's enemies always making a full circle connecting to Bruce's personal life and tragedies, or now, repeating the same scene over and over again, it's all pretty tiresome no more

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  • 4.0
    MKW69 Nov 28, 2018

    Lagoon boy stuff was fine, just like wally, but rest of it? Booster doesn't act like himself, and Death of Wally is A fucking joke. Speedsters have automatic Bullet time. Even in bad shape, he's reflexes should kick in.

  • 6.5
    egon244 Nov 28, 2018

    "Freeze"

    This issue feels like one of those one-shots that were inducted into the whole thing making 9 parts series. What I mean by that is that the story itself doesn't progress very much. Aside from one little revelation it practically doesn't progress at all, but about that later.

    Through the first couple pages, I had to check the cover to make sure it's Tom King because it certainly didn't feel like him. But then I got to the therapy sessions with Sanctuary's A.I. and the repetition came into play and after that, there was no need to check the cover.
    Booster's session was chaotic and a mess, it was maybe to show the mess in his head, but it was difficult to read. Lagoon Boy got shot with a laser. 337 times. more

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  • 2.0
    myconius Nov 28, 2018

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    Harley Quinn snuck up behind Wally West and killed him with her little mallet?


    now i KNOW y'all are trippin!

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  • 7.0
    waltgator93 Nov 27, 2018

    I will admit I did like part of the issue. Enjoyed the Lagoon Boy and Wally part but the Booster stuff felt weird. Would have preferred to know why he was there. The issue was definitely a quick one. There’s more to the deaths besides seeing Harley kill Wally. I will give King this, he did make me feel for Lagoon Boy and Wally.

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  • 10
    ohhaimark Dec 2, 2018

    THE GOOD:

    -Alright, I'll admit it. I loved this issue. I can understand the negative reception, but this issue was a powerful best issue in the series.

    -I didn't even know Lee Weeks did the art, but I will admit, I enjoyed it more that Mann's. It seemed to capture the emotion really, really well.

    -Speaking of emotion, this issue evoked a true emotional response in me. King used his dialogue to the advantage of portraying those broken characters suffering from PTSD, and it truly felt real and tragic in a way that is relevant today.

    -I have not cried in a long time. Lagoon Boy's story made me.

    -I do think Harley is a red herring. I don't think this series is the type of mystery that wil more

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  • 9.0
    Linkush Nov 28, 2018

    "WELL... EVERYONE'S DEAD."

    This time around we get to see the moments before the murder in the sanctuary. It's touching (especially wally's part), well drawn and I think this might be my favorite issue so far.

    Only problem is that harley quinn is pretty op since the start of the event.

    RECOMMENDED.

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  • 6.5

     I'm beginning to lose my patience with this series. It's not horrible but I'm questioning the point of this series. I was willing to give the creative team the benefit of the doubt. Tom King is one of the best comic writers scripting today and the art from Clay Mann and Lee Weeks is just as good as prior entries but the events found within can best be described as the following: meh, middling, mediocre, or meandering at best.
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    We get to see more heroes in even more depressing situations and also get more insight into their mental states as well as the events leading to the deaths at Sanctuary. I have a theory regarding what's actually going on at Sanctuary but I'll keep that to myself for now.

    If you hav more

  • 5.0
    RBL Nov 28, 2018

    To me, this was the first change this book had to be "good" and reach a score the ratings here deemed green (7+). Safe to say I was too optimistic in my belief that the notable improvement that occurred from issues 1 to 2 would continue. While it did not drop in quality, the story did not improve.

    The following is more of a critique of the writing, rather than the art. Because if anything deserves a clear 10 it's the artwork of Clay Mann and Lee Weeks. The colorist and inker also do a superb job.





    Regarding the information presented in the final pages about the perpetrator of this crime, I find it puzzling they decided to backpedal on what they revealed in the last issue where they stated Booster more

  • 9.0
    Samuel Almeida Nov 28, 2018

    Poor Lagoon Boy. The way he laughs after everything... creepy, but touching. I have no idea where this is going. But i also had no idea where Mister Miracle was going and it was fucking great. Its easy to get blown away by the art. Oh my god the art! Theres a page where Clay Mann uses his own fingerprints (i believe) to make shadows and create effects on the page. Stunning! But i have to agree that Harley is getting too weirdly overpowered at this point. Maybe something happened that gave her powers, i dont know. It would make sense for certain character not to run away at that moment because he was crying, not paying attention, you know, mourning the death of his friend. But he just stands there. I dont know. that was weird. But overall, i more

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  • 9.0
    #DontGiveDivasAChance Nov 28, 2018

    Starting to ramp up now. Art was excellent

  • 8.5
    mynameisraj Nov 27, 2018

    We see the pieces slowly coming together with what King wants to tell us with this story.

    Lagoon Boy wanting to feel nothing when it comes to being blasted, Booster Gold's first day and poor Wally. We see Wally want nothing else but to be returned to his family and how it's affecting him.

    I'm genuinely certain that reveal at the end is a red herring because we see the bodies positioned differently than they were in issue 1.

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  • 8.5
    Br'er Lapin Dec 2, 2018

    Sometimes the crazy hero dialogue can be a bit confusing or hard to follow, but overall I liked this a great deal.

  • 5.5
    H.S.Suarez Nov 28, 2018

    the Art is wasted in a slow sad cliched story

  • 5.0
    Talon1load Nov 30, 2018

    Sanctuary has go to be the dumbest and most ineffectual therapy tool ever conceived. Lagoon boy has trauma from being shot and losing friends? Shot him repeatedly. Seems healthy. Wally West is missing his kids? Let him see them in a simulation and then question why he would need them. Because that’s not idiotic. Tom King again proves that he has no idea who Booster Gold is and has no idea how to write him. Why not have him witness a murder and then just stand there and do nothing? Sounds like a hero. This story serves no purpose. If King is trying to delve into heroes trauma he’s doing a piss poor job of it. He should probably learn more about such a sensitive topic before attempting to write about it. This is obviously just an excus more

  • 5.0
    I-Zick Dec 2, 2018

    It didn't feel like anything new happened in this issue. It felt like a recap of the first to issues.

  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse Nov 29, 2018

    Who doesn't love some good ol' repetition over and over again. That's the gimmick with Tom King. Every writer has a gimmick, usually. Unfortunately, this gimmick assaults my sensibilities like Nancy Kerrigan. King gives Bendis a run for his money in the scenes with Booster. Think of the worst Bendis back and forths... the ones in this issue with Booster will fit right in. Also, Harley killed Wally because, you know, it's not like everyone hates her already. This event is really trying to sell you on caring and fails because of the tropes the writer can't write without.

  • 1.0
    Hi! I'm TP Nov 30, 2018

    Good art alone is not enough. It needs a compelling story too. The main problem with HiC is that it uses decompression not as a narrative tool but as a way to fill in the emptiness of the story and characterizations. It's not badly written, it's incomplete. And this is not a case of "fill in the blanks". Yes probably most of the deaths won't stick and this has something to do with VR and unreliable narrators but so far the book fails to bring out any kind of emotion. Every issues feels less like "let me make you care about these characters" and more like "let me show you my middle finger and piss you". I think Tom King is a good writer. I know he can do better than this. The worst part of it is bad the idea of instead of providing human con more

  • 7.5
    Legendooflight1 Dec 9, 2018

    i like this issue only thin i am not so keen on is op harley

  • 7.0
    JordanT4021 Nov 28, 2018

    To me, this is probably the best issue of this series so far.

    For two issues, we've had a very vague mystery with no real shape or substance. We were given a basic outline of a plot which has slowly (not completely) been explored in this issue. For a mystery story to be successful in my eyes, the basic facts need to be given to the reader so they can feel truly emerged, and while a lot of elements are still hazy, I found myself enjoying the issue far more than the others.

    The fatalities continue to grow at an alarming rate in this issue. Several b-list and c-list heroes are being shown in the sanctuary confessionals which seems to indicate they've bit the bullet. Personally, I prefer to see meaningful character interac more

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  • 7.0
    bucswin611 Nov 29, 2018

    Where is this going? I have learned to trust King. The pacing didn't feel odd-interesting, it felt odd-unpleasant. And Weeks' recent strengths have been urban environments, and I don't think he shone through as much in the rural settings. Was this supposed to be one of the two tie-in issues?

  • 7.0
    Comic Princess Dec 3, 2018

    I am not happy with the use of Harley in this series. She deserves better.

  • 6.5
    JBL Reviews Dec 2, 2018

    I need a little more. Three issues and they could’ve been one.

  • 4.0
    KFuqua Dec 3, 2018

    This series is such a disappointment. Along with getting rid of Wally and Roy, it's just so poorly written, which seems to be typical for Tom King.

    DC REALLY needs to get him off any of their major books. Maybe he can handle one of the cartoon crossovers?

  • 1.0
    Adriana_Gimenez Dec 2, 2018

    A bloody and gory superhero snuff film used as an excuse to kill characters. Nothing to see here plotwise since most of the clues we get feel like red herrings. Too many unnecessary victims, bad dialogue in a book that's trying to immitate or perhaps outdo Identity Crisis. But Infinite Crisis despite it's many problems was a good book. Heroes In Crisis is not. I enjoyed Vision and Mr Miracle is one of my favorite books, I don't mind darkness and violence as long as it serves a purpose plotwise. But this is not the case with HiC. The dynamics of the story are all messed up by awkward, lazy and out of character dialogue.

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