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Tom King tackling superhero trauma in new Heroes in Crisis miniseries

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Jun 13, 2018

It’s not every day you see a comic-book artist get the spotlight on one of the big late-night shows, but Tom King is not your everyday comics writer. And Seth Meyers is apparently quite the nerd. 

As you can see below, King appeared Tuesday night on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers to discuss his ongoing work on Batman and Mister Miracle, as well as his former life as a CIA counter terrorism officer. But while that conversation may have been revelatory, it’s DC’s post-show announcement about King that’s got us even more excited: He’s set to write Heroes in Crisis, a new miniseries focusing on Sanctuary, a trauma center for superheroes created by Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman.

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Differently than say, Crisis on Infinite Earths, or many of the other Crises in the DC catalog, Heroes in Crisis explores conflict far less galactic, and far more personal. 
“I feel like I’m part of a rolling generation of people who spent their twenties overseas fighting terrorism,” said King in a press release. “Millions of people cycle through that machine and come home to America. And I think that sort of experience of violence is shaping who we are as a culture, and as a country. And I want to talk about that. I want to talk about that experience, the experience of what violence can do to a person, to a community, to a nation, to a world.”

And fictitiously speaking, no one sees more violence than a modern-age superhero.

Fortunately, Sanctuary’s got the combined resources of Superman’s “Kryptonian technology,” Wonder Woman’s “Amazonian mysticism,” and Batman’s big bucks. But even such a well-stocked trauma center can fail its heroic patients, “resulting in catastrophic consequences for the DCU.” 

While that sounds like plenty to hang a story on, there’s more! Heroes in Crisis will also feature a murder mystery to move things along, involving the likes of the aforementioned Big Three, as well as Harley Quinn, Booster Gold, and “the rest of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.”  

King’s seven-part series drops Sep. 26 with art by Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey, and lettering by Clayton Cowles.