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Danger Street #1 (of 12)

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.

Joining the Justice League is a goal for any superhero, but what happens when a quest for membership takes a sinister turn?

Join Starman, Metamorpho, and Warlord as they look to prove themselves worthy by summoning and defeating Darkseid in battle.

Soon they’ll learn that calling upon a New God never ends well, and their world is headed for a crisis as a result!

The journey to save the day will be a treacherous one filled with princesses, knights, and all kinds of monsters.

Each person the heroes encounter plays a crucial role in this sprawling yet gripping narrative that is a little bit silly, a whole lot dark, and completely cool. Expect the unexpected with a supporting cast featuring Manhunter, Lady Copy, the Green Team, and the Creeper!

Inspired by the heroes and villains of 1st Issue Special, Tom King and Jorge Fornés (Rorschach) return for an unforgettable maxiseries that reimagines these characters and their stories.

A multi-character, multilayered crime drama starring some of DC’s most obscure creations.

No one will see it coming, but everyone will want to see where it goes!

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
35 pages
Language
English
Price
$4.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BMGTVJPL

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Cover Artist

15%
31%
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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Danger Street #1 is an ambitious opening chapter, serving as an excellent start to a 12-issue DC Black Label maxiseries by the creators of last year's Rorschach. King and Forns seek to put the limelight on the obscure, while also discussing topics that are poignant to todays conversation. Forns art highlights the mundane nature of the otherwise sprawling epic about to unfold. Social commentary and realism ground this otherwise fantastical book and serve to promise a story of nuance rather than spectacle.
  • 100

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Danger Street is simply fearless. It brings together a wild cast of characters, and a superstar team of creators, and lets beautiful chaos reign.
  • 94

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: This is a weird tale with interesting characters and situations and I love how weird, unique and engaging this story is. King takes some intriguing characters and puts them in a story that is completely unpredictable and thoroughly enjoyable. This first issue has already gotten my attention and I cannot wait to see how weird this story looks like it is going to get. The Art: Fornes delivers some beautifully detailed and visually engaging art. I love the style and how it calls back to classic comic book visuals.
  • 93

    Zona Negativa

  • 90

    AIPT

    If you're looking for something that feels nostalgic and that will command your attention, give Danger Street #1 a shot. The creative team is up to something that feels wholly original yet emblematic of a different time in comics. It's also a social commentary with ideas about superheroes in a world that feels quite real and lived in.
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Tom King’s series are always a little afield of center, especially when they take place outside of or just afield of continuity. However, they’ve never felt quite so strange as this unusual tale reinventing dozens of C-list, D-list, and Z-list DC characters. (...) It has the same energy as those Coen brothers movies where the hapless con artists put together the perfect heist. You know it’s going to go sideways, but you don’t know how yet. (...) It has the same energy as those Coen brothers movies where the hapless con artists put together the perfect heist. You know it’s going to go sideways, but you don’t know how yet.
  • 85

    Graphic Policy

    Tom King and Jorge Fornes‘ latest, Danger Street #1, is Stand by Me meets Network meets Seven Soldiers focusing on seemingly unconnected DC B and Z-listers like the Danger Street Dingbats, Starman (Not Jack Knight), Metamorpho, Warlord, Creeper/Jack Ryder and more. Fornes’ art and Dave Stewart‘s colors give the book a kind of late Bronze Age/early 1980s vibe to go with King’s multi-layered script that combines satire with superhero shenanigans all held together by omniscient, fantasy style narration.
  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    Danger Street #1 is ultimately a very strange comic, much in the spirit of its inspiration, the indelibly weird 1st Issue Special. It introduces readers to more than a half dozen, largely disconnected plot threads focusing on some of the least-remembered figures in DC Comics' history, and it does so in an utterly enticing fashion. What the story is about remains largely unimportant when set beside the curiosity of following such strange figures down their various rabbit holes. It's a shaggy dog tale of exploration with no promise of a satisfying conclusion, but with an abundance of character, style, and wit to savor. Whatever comes next, Danger Street is bound to be one of 2023's most memorable comics.
  • 77

    Graphic Policy

    Danger Street #1 is an interesting start. It’s characters are second tier making it hard to really connect with them and none really stand out as any I care about. It’s all about the story of revenge it’d seem. But, it’s a start that has me wanting to see more of what’s coming. Is it exciting? No. But, it does deliver the opening chapter of what feels like a tale of revenge with a crime and fantasy spin about it all.
  • 65

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    When I finished reading Danger Street #1, I wondered what the point of this mini-series (and this issue) is. Is it just a way for DC to hold on to the copyright of these obscure characters? Is it an attempt to portray Z-grade characters in an edgy dark story and strike gold with a Watchmen-type story again? I really don’t understand why this mini-series even exists. I wish they would have just done a Creeper mini-series and tossed out all the other characters, but so be it.
  • 65

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Danger Street #1 kicks off an odd, slightly surreal drama about a collection of characters who intersect through opportunity and tragedy. The artwork is acceptable, and the plot (such as it is) is unpredictable, but the overall reading experience is mired in drab characters burdened by angst and misery.
  • 60

    Major Spoilers

    The concept of Danger Street #1 is one that I’m interested in, but unlike his work on The Human Target, King’s gritty realism doesn’t serve all these characters well, leaving the art and a clever framing sequence to carry more than it feels like they should, earning 3 out of 5 stars overall. I’m still in for the long haul at this point (Danger Street has been solicited as a 12-issue Black Label mini) but I’m hoping these creators have some surprises up their sleeves as to where we go next.
  • 50

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

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About the Author: Tom King

Tom King (born July 15, 1978) is an American author, comic book writer, and ex-CIA officer. He is best known for writing the novel A Once Crowded Sky, The Vision for Marvel Comics, The Sheriff of Babylon for the DC Comics imprint Vertigo, and Batman and Mister Miracle for DC Comics.

Early life

King primarily grew up in Southern California. His mother worked for the film industry which inspired his love of storytelling. He interned at both DC and Marvel Comics during the late 1990s. He studied both philosophy and history at Columbia University, graduating in 2000. He identifies as “half-Jewish, half-midwestern”.

Career

King interned both at DC Comics and Marvel Comics, where he was an assistant to X-Men writer Chris Claremont, before joining the CIA counterterrorism unit after 9/11. King spent seven years as a counterterrorism operations officer for the CIA before quitting to write his debut novel, A Once Crowded Sky, after the birth of his first child.

A Once Crowded Sky, King’s debut superhero novel with comics pages illustrated by Tom Fowler, was published on July 10, 2012 by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, to positive reception.

In 2014, King was chosen to co-write Grayson for DC Comics, along with Tim Seeley and Mikel Janin on art. After penning Nightwing #30, King, Seeley, and Janin launched Grayson in May 2014, featuring Dick Grayson leaving behind his Nightwing persona at age 22 to become Agent 37, a Spyral spy. King and Seeley plotted the series together and traded issues to script separately, with King providing additional authenticity through his background with the CIA.

A relaunch of classic DC Comics series The Omega Men was published in June 2015 by King and debut artist Barnaby Bagenda, as part of the publisher’s relaunch DC You. The series follows a group of rebels fighting an oppressive galactic empire, and feature White Lantern Kyle Rayner. The Omega Men, created in 1981, are DC’s cosmic equivalent to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, though significantly more obscure. King’s and Bagenda’s use of the nine-panel grid, popularized by Alan Moore‘s and Dave Gibbons‘ Watchmen, has been praised by reviewers.

In San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Vertigo revealed a new creator-owned project written by King with art by Mitch Gerads titled The Sheriff of Baghdad. The project, a crime series in the vein of Vertigo titles like Preacher and Scalped, was set to launch in late 2015, and was inspired by King’s time in Iraq as part of the CIA. Initially an eight-issue miniseries, it was later re-titled The Sheriff of Babylon and expanded into an ongoing series. The first issue launched in December 2015 to critical acclaim, with reviewers praising its “deeply personal” storytelling and the “intriguing” and “captivating” personalities of its characters. That same year, DC announced “Robin War”, a crossover storyline set for December that would run for five weeks through titles Grayson, Detective Comics, We Are Robin, and Robin: Son of Batman; King was set to orchestrate the crossover’s story-line and pen two one-shots to open and close the series.

As part of Marvel Comics’ All-New, All-Different relaunch, King was announced as the writer of The Vision, a new ongoing following the titular character and his newly created family, with artist Gabriel Hernández Walta, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and covers by Mike del Mundo, launching in November 2015. The Vision has been well received by the public, with reviewers calling the series one of Marvel’s “biggest surprises” and praising the narration, art, and colors.

In September 2015, DC cancelled King’s The Omega Men, along with four other titles, with the series ending with issue seven. After negative fan response to the cancellation, Jim Lee, DC’s co-publisher, announced that they would be bringing back The Omega Men through at least issue 12. Lee described the decision to cancel the series as “a bit hasty,” crediting the book’s critical acclaim and fan social media reactions as the reason the title would go on for the planned 12-issue run.

King penned a Green Lantern one-shot that ties into the “Darkseid War” Justice League storyline, titled “Will You Be My God?”, which James Whitbrook of io9 praised as “one of the best” Green Lantern stories.

King and co-writer Tim Seeley announced they would leave Grayson after issue #18, with King clarifying on Twitter that they were working on something “big and cool” and needed time. King and Seeley officially left the series in February with issue #17, with Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly taking over for its last three issues with issue #18 in March.

DC Comics announced in February 2016 that King had signed an exclusivity deal with the publisher, which would see him writing exclusively for DC and Vertigo. King revealed via his Twitter account that he would stay on The Vision as writer through issue 12, finishing the story arc he had planned from the beginning.

In March 2016, it was announced that King would be writing the main bi-weekly Batman series beginning with a new #1, replacing long-time writer Scott Snyder, as part of DC’s Rebirth relaunch that June. King has stated that his run would be 100 issues total, with the entirety being released twice-monthly, though this was later curtailed to 85 issues and 3 annuals, with a 12 issue followup maxiseries Batman/Catwoman to finish the story.

In August 2017, King and regular collaborator Mitch Gerads launched the first issue of their Mister Miracle series, with a planned total run of twelve issues. In June 2018 DC Comics announced King would be writing Heroes in Crisis, a limited series centering around a concept he introduced in Batman.

In July 2018, he received the Eisner Award for Best Writer, shared with Marjorie Liu.

In May and June 2019, King, DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee, and CW series actresses Nafessa Williams, Candice Patton, and Danielle Panabaker toured five U.S. military bases in Kuwait with the United Service Organizations (USO), where they visited the approximately 12,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in that country as part of DC’s 80th anniversary of Batman celebration.

In September 2020, DC Comics announced that King would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020. From 2021 to 2022, King was the writer on the eight-issue miniseries Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow with artist Bilquis Evely. Susana Polo, for Polygon, wrote that “with the final issue of Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow I can definitively say this book slaps front to back. […] The best thing Tom King’s done since Mister Miracle”. David Harth, for CBR, commented that since The Omega Men, “King has mostly stayed away from sci-fi, going for a more psychological take on superheroes instead”. Harth highlighted that Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow “is very much a sci-fi epic” and that the series is “even more imaginative than Omega Men’s sci-fi, as it has King flexing his muscles in different ways”.

Personal life

King lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.

[Latest Update: May 23, 2022]

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