Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Daniel Sampere & Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer: Tom NapolitanoIt’s incredibly difficult to completely buy into an event. Not only are they hard to keep up with, but they also have a turbulent history when it comes to quality. So far, DC Comics actually has an entertaining event on their hands with Dark Crisis. While the tie-ins haven’t been exceptional, they are competently written if you are into the plot and characters. More importantly, they haven’t been mandatory reads so far. Of course, right now the most important book is Dark Crisis itself, with issue #3 keeping the momentum going. Following the disaster at Titans Tower, the remaining heroes are trying to regroup to form a new league in the name of hope. Joshua Williamson continues to handle the massive cast well, giving most relevant characters at least a line that fits their voices. While the first act of this issue is a power struggle between Black Adam and the rest of the team, the second is focused on the Lanterns. This is where most of the action is, and Daniel Sampere makes this sequence look fantastic. Alejandro Sanchez successfully adds tons of intensity to the panel with gorgeously drawn power signatures. The creative team’s panel layouts during these action sequences are creative, making the action look good while flowing through the pages flawlessly. The dialogue and action are great, but this issue falls behind the others when it comes to pacing. This issue jumps around between scenarios and none of them really gather the momentum they deserve. Dark Crisis #3 also fails to be as accessible to new readers as its predecessors are. It’s still a great comic for almost any DC fan to pick up, but it is missing some of what has made Dark Crisis great so far. Tom Napolitano does an exceptional job of lettering in this issue. Tons of creative uses of fonts and bubbles can be found in this issue, especially during the Lantern sequence. Dark Crisis #3 might not be as strong as the first two issues are, but it is still an enjoyable read in a solid event so far. The big reveals are exciting and are sure to excite longtime fans. If you have stuck around this long, it’s worth continuing.
- Lots of great character moments
- Fantastic Lettering
- Not friendly for new readers
- Suffers from chaotic pacing
Dark Crisis #3
Dark Crisis #3 is another solid entry, but it does have a few hiccups along the way when it comes to pacing and accessibility.