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DC unveils scope of Dark Crisis crossover event (27 issues in total!)

Following 'The Death of the Justice League,' the full scope of Dark Crisis becomes clear

Dark Crisis #1 variant cover
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DC has revealed the full scope of its upcoming Dark Crisis event, the summer (and now winter!) crossover event that will be the main storyline of the DCEU line featuring the Justice League, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Young Justice, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Swamp Thing, John Constantine, Damian Wayne, and even the OTHER Batman (Jace Fox) and OTHER Superman (Jon Kent).

Dark Crisis #2 variant cover
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The inclusion of Swamp Thing and John Constantine is new, but fortuitious as it ties back to Dark Crisis' big villain the Great Darkness and their involvement in the classic Swamp Thing storyline American Gothic'. Swamp Thing, John Constantine, and Jon Kent (that OTHER Superman) will be exploring the Great Darkness's impact on the Multiverse in the newly announced Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green one-shot, scheduled for October.

Meanwhile, the Great Darkness' villainous supergroup will be taken down from within (or attempted to) by the unusual team of Damian Wayne and Doctor Light (along with some unnamed "ragtag" heroes). Their goal is to usurp control of the Dark Army from its appointed leader, Pariah. This spin-off story will be in November's Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1.

DC, surprisingly, are holding back details on who is writing and drawing these two one-shots.

DC has also revealed how deep into the DC comics line Dark Crisis will extend, with tie-in issues planned for the ongoing series I Am Batman and The Flash (four of the latter, in fact). In addition, DC has one-shots for several other major characters such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern, and Green Arrow.

Dark Crisis checklist
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Here's the complete list of titles (with one they missed, the Free Comic Book Day issue!), with the announced release dates (or at least release months) for each:

  • May 7: Dark Crisis Special Edition #0 (Free Comic Book Day)
  • May 31: Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1
  • June 7: Dark Crisis #1
  • June 21: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1, The Flash #783
  • July 5: Dark Crisis #2
  • July 12: Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League - Superman #1
  • July 19: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #2, The Flash #784
  • August 2: Dark Crisis #3
  • August 9: Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League - Green Lantern #1
  • August 16: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3, August 16: The Flash #785
  • September: Dark Crisis #4, September: Dark Crisis: Worlds WIthout a Justice League - Wonder Woman #1, Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4, The Flash #786
  • October: Dark Crisis #5, Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1, Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League - Green Arrow #1, Dark Crisis: Young Justice #5
  • November: Dark Crisis #6, Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1, Dark Crisis: Worlds WIthout a Justice League - Batman #1, Dark Crisis: Young Justice #6, I Am Batman #15
  • December: Dark Crisis: War Zone #1, Dark Crisis #7

Get up to speed for this big DC event with our Dark Crisis primer.

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