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Danger Street #1 (of 12)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 15 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!

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Print Lenght
35 pages
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15 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.

  • 100

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Once upon a time in 1975, there was a little title known as 1st Issue Special. It would last 13 issue and was a sort of random Showcase wanna be title. Showcase had been packed up 5 years earlier only to return in 1977. What it did give us was a wonderful assortment of high end characters returning with strange bottom of the barrel characters. And everyone knows I love me an underdog (even back then). The New Gods got their second wind here, along with Doctor Fate, the blue alien Starman that became a regular character during Robinson’s run on Starman (1994), and Mike Grell’s Warlord began here. But more importantly, Lady Cop, Dingbats of Danger St, Atlas, as well as others showed up here for their first (and last) full comic title. And they are all back! All 13 characters! And the best part is that writer Tom King knows these characters and has come up with an interesting way to gather them together. And Jorge Fornes’s art add that unique not-your-regular-artist style that was the norm for 1st Issue Special. Nostalgia, great story and art, and maybe a little vindication for some long mistreated characters.

  • 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


    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.

  • 85

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 80

    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 has emerged as a beacon of narrative brilliance in the comic book world, weaving tales that resonate deeply with both long-time enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With a unique blend of emotional depth and complex storytelling, King’s work has redefined what it means to engage with the medium of comics. From his groundbreaking run on “Batman” to the introspective “Mister Miracle,” King’s portfolio is a testament to his ability to explore the human condition through the lens of the superhero genre.

Before becoming a household name in comics, Tom King embarked on a path far removed from the world of capes and villains. As a former CIA officer, King’s experiences have infused his storytelling with a palpable sense of realism and gravity, setting his work apart in a crowded field. His transition from espionage to comics might seem unexpected, but it’s this very background that enriches his narrative voice, allowing him to craft stories of heroism and sacrifice with authenticity.

King’s ascent in the comic book industry began with “The Vision,” a series that turned the Marvel android into a tragic figure struggling with the concept of family and humanity. This work, characterized by its melancholic exploration of identity, laid the foundation for King’s reputation as a storyteller capable of blending superhero action with deep, literary themes. His ability to humanize iconic characters, making their struggles and triumphs resonate on a personal level, has earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase.

However, it is perhaps his work on DC Comics’ “Batman” that has most profoundly impacted the comic book landscape. King’s Batman is a figure shaped by vulnerability and introspection, a departure from the invincible hero trope. Through arcs like “City of Bane” and the poignant “Batman Annual #2,” King explores themes of love, loss, and redemption, offering a fresh perspective on the Dark Knight’s mythos.

In addition to his superhero narratives, Tom King has ventured into the realm of creator-owned projects, such as “Strange Adventures” and “Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.” These works further showcase his versatility, delving into science fiction and cosmic drama while maintaining his signature emotional depth and complex character studies.

Beyond the pages of his comics, King’s presence in the industry as a thought leader and advocate for the medium is undeniable. His candid discussions about the challenges of mental health, the creative process, and the importance of storytelling in contemporary culture have made him a respected figure among peers and fans.

Tom King‘s contributions to the comic book world have not gone unnoticed, earning him multiple Eisner Awards and solidifying his status as one of the most influential writers of his generation. As he continues to push the boundaries of comic book storytelling, King’s legacy is that of a visionary who reminds us that at the heart of every superhero story lies a deeply human tale waiting to be told.

For those who seek to explore the depths of narrative artistry within the comic book genre, Tom King‘s body of work offers a rich, introspective journey into the soul of modern heroism, proving that within the fantastical, the most profound truths of our existence can be found.

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