Review: HEROES IN CRISIS #9 – How Does Tom King Wrap Up His Epic?

Tom King and Clay Mann deliver the goods in the bottom of the 9th.


HEROES IN CRISIS #9 is a book we will be talking about for a very long time as the series changes the status quo with the intent of raising the bar of what it means to tell a comic book story.
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Heroes In Crisis #9 hits your local comic book store this week, and writer Tom King pulls off the impossible by concluding the series with such emotion that you carefully turn each page to see what’s next, and there is a sober excitement for the future of the main characters in the book.

SPOILER WARNING When discussing the art and the writing of Heroes In Crisis #9 spoilers may seep their way into the conversation. If you haven’t read the book yet turn back now.

Clay Mann handles all the art in the finale and the script is tailor-made for epic panels that leave you in awe. The final issue is full of raw emotion from every character involved and Mann is tasked with bringing that intensity to each panel. The book feels like a film in the way the camera angles are worked. Every panel conveys emotion and has a purpose. There are seven panels involving Harley Quinn that are cinematic gold. I’ve never had a static image emotionally squeeze me as hard as Mann’s work did in the finale. Tomeu Morey’s colors assist Mann’s pencils as the background colors bring the characters out of the page. Morey also gives certain panels a soft background blur that keeps the conversation serious but heartfelt.

Clayton Cowles has to stack a ton of King’s dialogue in the book, and it flows. The lettering in the book directs your eyes very well, and Cowles excels at framing the artwork to increase an emotional response from the reader. The final two pages of the book have a gentle ‘S-motion’ to the lettering that gives momentum so that the final word on the page is exciting and inspirational.

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As mentioned before, Heroes In Crisis is about the raw emotion of being a superhero. Superman’s speech from issue five is probably the best moment from the series, but the final issue is where it all connects. King’s writing shines when it comes to unpacking the complexities of Wally West’s emotional state. There is a level of compassion in the writing that gets under your skin and resonates. Wally, Booster Gold, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Blue Beetle are all damaged goods to a certain degree, but you care deeply about the characters because of the little details that King puts into his story. What elevates the book, even more, is the ending had me excited for what comes next.

Overall, Heroes In Crisis was an up and down story but was definitely worth the price of admission.

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Review: HEROES IN CRISIS #9 - How Does Tom King Wrap Up His Epic?

Review: HEROES IN CRISIS #9 - How Does Tom King Wrap Up His Epic?

Review: HEROES IN CRISIS #9 - How Does Tom King Wrap Up His Epic?

Review: HEROES IN CRISIS #9 - How Does Tom King Wrap Up His Epic?

Review: HEROES IN CRISIS #9 - How Does Tom King Wrap Up His Epic?

Review: HEROES IN CRISIS #9 - How Does Tom King Wrap Up His Epic?

Review: HEROES IN CRISIS #9 - How Does Tom King Wrap Up His Epic?

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  1. One if the worst reviews I’ve read. It says nothing at all and is generic and obviously ass kissing Tom king and DC.

    Tell us the complexity you talk about. You don’t because it’s just a sentence trying to be positive. What about the continuity errors? Do you even know what they are?

    I know where I won’t be going to get reviews.

    • Thank you for reading the review ‘Dclife.’
      The goal of the review is to help you decide if you want to buy the book, not spoil the issue. As far as continuity errors, it’s a time travel story, so there will always be continuity errors. Avengers: End Game is full of them but no one cares.

      The ass kissing comment is funny because it’s wrong.

      I will work harder to be less generic in future reviews, the critique is appreciated.

      • Learn to code.

        The difference is people actually liked Endgame.

        Also, “Bros before heroes.”

    • Man, why do you have to be such a dick?? Obviously, you’re a Tom King hater, so just move on…but waste your time and be so negative and hate on someone’s review??

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