Dark Crisis: An event 30 years in the making

Joshua Williamson and Daniel Sampere Team on Dark Crisis Seven-Issue Event

A Special Prelude Is Available on Free Comic Book Day with Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition

One-Shot Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1 Will Be On Sale May 31

In the original Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, the homeworld of Pariah, along with the infinite Multiverse, was obliterated. Now this mad sole survivor has found a way to bring his homeworld and the entire infinite Multiverse back from the dead: Earth-0 must die. An ancient destructive force called the Great Darkness, first appearing in Swamp Thing by Alan Moore and Stan Woch, is the weapon Pariah will wield as he paves a path to rebirth and vengeance. In DC's next big event, DARK CRISIS, the heroes left behind must come together to combat this great evil and save the lost Justice League, but what happens when not everyone agrees to join the fight?
Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition cover (L) and Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1 cover (R), artwork by Daniel Sampere

Dark Crisis is a monthly event, written by Joshua Williamson, featuring art by Daniel Sampere, colors by Alejandro Sánchez and lettering by Tom Napolitano, that will kick off with Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition, available on Free Comic Book Day. A special one-shot, Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1, will be available at local comics shops on May 31.

“Dark Crisis is an epic DCU event about legacy,” said writer Joshua Williamson. “It will have all the giant, fun cosmic battles and Multiversal set pieces, but it’s not about reboots, retcons, or rewriting time and space. At its core it’s about the characters and the relationships that we’ve seen built over DC’s great history. Dark Crisis spins out of Justice League 75 'DEATH OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE' and connects all the story threads across the DCU since Infinite Frontier #0 in a major way. Unifying the new legacy of the DCU as we honor the classic. You can't miss it!"

Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition is a prelude to DC’s biggest story of 2022 and will be available to everyone for free on Free Comic Book Day.

“To me, Dark Crisis is a big celebration for all DC fans,” said artist Daniel Sampere. “It’s a huge event full of epic heart, an event that embraces the past while looking to the future. Joshua and I are the biggest DC fans, and this is our love letter to these characters and this universe.”

The one-shot Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1 will be available on May 31 and features some of the biggest artists and writers in comics—including Joshua Williamson, Dan Jurgens, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Clayton Henry, Emanuela Lupacchino, Stephanie Phillips, and more—showcasing what a world without the Justice League looks like to set the stage for the Dark Crisis event.

Dark Crisis is not only an epic battle of good versus evil with epic surprises in store, but is about showing how heroes relate to each other when faced with the impossible.

DARK CRISIS #0 FCBD SPECIAL EDITION

Story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON and more | Ar: JIM CHEUNG, DANIEL SAMPERE, and more! | Cover: DANIEL SAMPERE |
32 pages | Standard periodical 6 5/8" x 10 3/16"

Witness the rise and fall of the Justice League! The event years in the making is here with Dark Crisis. The Justice League is comics’ greatest super-team — made up of DC Comics’ legendary Super Heroes, they have saved the world countless times. No crisis was too much for them to handle … until now! The Justice League has been defeated by the Great Darkness and its army of DC’s most dangerous villains — now a new generation of heroes must rise to protect not only the Multiverse…but also the legacy of the DC Universe! A prelude to DC’s biggest story of 2022!

Includes a preview and art from Dark Crisis #1, coming in June! Don’t miss out on this Free Comic Book Day special featuring the blockbuster talents of Joshua Williamson, Jim Cheung, and Daniel Sampere! For free!

JUSTICE LEAGUE: ROAD TO DARK CRISIS #1

Story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, JEREMY ADAMS, BRANDON THOMAS, CHUCK BROWN, STEPHANIE PHILLIPS and PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON | Art: CLAYTON HENRY, DAN JURGENS, FICO OSSIO, EMANUELA LUPACCHINO, LEILA DEL DUCA and more! | Cover: DANIEL SAMPERE | Variant cover: CHRIS BURNHAM | 1:25 variant cover: RAF SARMENTO | $5.99 | 48 pages | One-shot | Variant $6.99 US (card stock)

The Justice League has tragically fallen in battle, and now we see the aftermath. How does the world react to the Justice League being gone? Which heroes rise up…and which villains try to take advantage? And what dark forces are lying in wait to attack? An all-star roster of DC talent showcases a world without a Justice League and sets the stage for next month’s Dark Crisis event!

Fans can pick up Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition on May 7, 2022, for free at their local comic book shop. Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1 will be available on May 31, 2022. Dark Crisis #1 (of 7) will kick off in June 2022 with a new issue each month.

  • Well, here's ... something ... Crisis-y. I don't know if this was part of the now-defunct 5G plan had in mind, but it certainly has all the earmarks: The Old Guard is moved out of the way, the next generation picks up the reigns, etc. I see you guys have already begun dissecting what information we have, so here's some more.

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Comment by JD DeLuzio on March 14, 2022 at 4:21pm

Wait... DC has a groundbreaking crossover event that will shake up their multiverse and change the course of comics forever?!?!?!?

Yeah.... no. If they just create consistently interesting and entertaining comics and stop stepping on their own Graysons, I might start reading DC again.

Comment by Richard Willis on February 13, 2022 at 1:16am

An ancient destructive force called the Great Darkness, first appearing in Swamp Thing by Alan Moore and Stan Woch.....

Don't tell Alan Moore. He'll just get upset.

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