THIS WEEK: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths reaches its epic conclusion, and ushers in the Dawn of DC.

Note: the review below contains spoilers. If you want a quick, spoiler-free buy/pass recommendation on the comics in question, check out the bottom of the article for our final verdict.

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Daniel Sampere, Jack Herbert, Giuseppe Camuncoli & Cam Smith, and Rafa Sandoval
Colorists: Alejandro Sánchez, Alex Guimarães, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Matt Herms
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Cover Artists: Daniel Sampere & Alejandro Sánchez

When Dark Crisis kicked off, sans Infinite Earths, back in June, I praised the series’ first issue for its tight character focus and the way it brought threads from earlier stories together cohesively. We’ve now reached the end of the event, which throughout its run has managed to expertly walk that fine line between massive action set pieces and character-driven drama. Pleasantly, Joshua Williamson, Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sánchez, and co.’s concluding chapter offers more of that balanced storytelling, and may be the strongest concluding chapter to an event comic I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

The final issue is heavier on action than any issue before it, as the newly-returned Justice League joins the other heroes of the DCU in battle against the Dark Army on the steps of the Hall of Justice. What could be a chaotic story with dozens of characters all thumping the crap out of each other stays grounded in a few main characters or groups, all of whom thematically tie to the legacy concept that’s been a throughline for the series. At the core of that lineup is Nightwing, in a confrontation with Deathstroke that’s steeped in years of history and wildly enjoyable in its simplicity. Throughout the series Williamson has captured the emotional core of these decades-old characters in a way that’s respectful of what’s come before and accessible for people just coming to them, and his portrayal of Dick Grayson in this issue is a clear example of that. It’s a foregone conclusion in stories like this that the heroes are going to save the day, but the path by which we get there feels fresh and interesting.

The true star of this series has been the artwork. Daniel Sampere was a great artist already coming into this book, and over the course of its run it feels like he’s leveled up more than once. Paired with Sánchez’s colors, the visuals pop off the page, illustrating dozens of characters in a single scene without ever feeling cluttered or hard to follow. There’s a George Pérez-ian level of detail in many of this issue’s panels that begs to be pored over and studied – fitting for a story that’s a direct sequel to the original, Pérez-drawn Crisis event. Beyond the final battle, the issue’s other art teams do a nice job of maintaining the visual style of the series while still having their own distinctive looks. It’s not a jarring transition between them, as is sometimes the case in books with multiple wrap-up scenes, to the point that you might not even notice the change until you’re a number of pages in.

With expectations high after months of build-up, Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 unequivocally sticks the landing. The teases offered for what’s to come, and for where currently ongoing events fit into the timeline of the DCU, are appropriately enticing, but beyond those the issue offers what any great event comic conclusion should: a solid ending, and a new beginning. What more could anyone ask?

Final Verdict: BUY.


  • It’s a fantastic week for DC superhero comics, so let’s hit some of the highlights. The other big release of the week is Batman vs. Robin #4, the penultimate chapter of that series and the lead-in to next month’s Lazarus Planet storyline. Mark Waid, Mahmud Asrar, Scott Godlewski, and Jordie Bellaire present the best entry of the series yet, with the dark knight out of his element and fully immersed in a world of magic he can only hope to contain. This issue is non-stop action and it’s an absolute blast. Check out our interview with Waid for more scoop on this issue and what’s to come in Lazarus Planet.
  • Elsewhere in Mark Waid-written comics, Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #10 continues the Boy Thunder saga, and finally reveals something I didn’t even realize was a mystery to begin with: who David Sikela becomes when he grows up. It’s a fun twist that’s a cherry on top of an already great story. Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain continue to crush the art on this book. I hope this series never, ever ends.
  • The other big milestone book this week is Catwoman reaching its 50th issue, and the end of its unofficial crossover with the other Tini Howard-written DC book, Punchline. It’s a fun caper story that brings a lot of different elements of the series together in one neat package. Niko Leon and Veronica Gandini’s art is light and energetic, perfectly suited for the story, and the Batman cameo reminded me of old episodes of Buffy when Angel would pop back into town. Good times.

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