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Danger Street #5 (of 12)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

What does a small-town murder have to do with the mysteries of the Multiverse? Lady Cop is on the case, but time is running out! Gods from beyond the stars are battling over the boy who could save all their lives, the Manhunter is stalking his prey, and, meanwhile, the Dingbats are tired of waiting for answers…and they’re about to take revenge into their own hands!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
34 pages
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Cover Artist
Variant Cover Artists

5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Graham Crackers Comics

    While my love of this title is well known, I am always amazed by what twists and turns Tom King and Jorge Fornes come up with. And yes, we will be needing to send out a ***SPOILERS ALERT*** for this review just because there is no way around it. As the story has been going so far, it seemed like we’d be coming to an epic conclusion soon. But no! Tom King does a 180 and drives us back into the unknown. With Starman and Warlord trying to recover the coffin from the graveyard, Orion attacks. and the battle is epic! Another Green Team member bites it at the hands of Manhunter. New deals are cut and is it possible that one of the Dingbats is a double agent? Only the Helmet of Nabu is telling! But most remarkable is the face off between Jack Ryder and Batman! And as much as I hate to admit it (as Ryder is a jerk in the series) he has a point. Introducing new and exciting plot points in issue 5 was a stroke of genius and is handled with King’s usual style.

  • 95


    Danger Street has been an excellent example of how any comic character, no matter how obscure, can be interesting with the right narrative and art. Who would have thought a character called Lady Cop and the kiddo gang named the Dingbats could be so riveting?

    The series is heating up with two significant plots at work in Danger Street #5. The first involves the death of one of the Dingbats and the revenge they seek, and the other has the Creeper having great success on a 24-hour conservative news program. Will these stories converge? Who cares, Orion is ready to kill some heroes to get to a dead body! As depicted on the cover, Alien and Orion fight to allow Barbarian a chance to sneak off with the body. Doesn’t sound very heroic, does it?

    Once you put this book down, you’ll be surprised at how much content is here. I kept turning the page, expecting it to end, only to find more scenes packed with captions from the Dr. Fate helmet or plot progressing moments. Characters are converging, conflicts are had, and Danger Street remains a can’t-miss comics series for anyone interested in seeing comics as a higher art form.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This continues to be the strangest book Tom King has ever put out, a series of loosely connected vignettes centering around some of the most obscure characters in DC history. If there’s a main plot thread, it’s the death of the Danger Street Dingbat know as Good Looks, the two misfit heroes trying to purge their sin by resurrecting him, and the three surviving friends who are trying to avenge him. That is complicated by the presence of Orion—the son of Apokalips and New Genesis, who is on a mission to Earth to save the multiverse and may be only able to accomplish his goal with the body of the boy. When that brings him into conflict with Starman and Warlord, a brutal fight ensues—one that pulls in other characters and threatens the whole world. Warlord’s descent into madness as this is going on is especially compelling, similar to what we saw from King’s take on Adam Strange.

    The rest of the characters often feel like they don’t quite intersect, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deliver compelling plotlines. As Lady Cop continues to try to unravel the mysteries, she starts finding herself in danger as well—but nothing like the level of danger the members of the Green Team face, being hunted down one by one by the Manhunter. Jack Ryder, currently employed as a radio shock jock and propagandist, is confronted by Batman who believes his conspiracies are inflaming tensions—or maybe, just maybe, revealing some of Batman’s dirty little secrets. We spend so little time with each of these characters that it sometimes feels like it’s hard to get any traction on them, but it also immerses us in just how confused and lost these characters are. They’re all raging against a machine that doesn’t care about them—be it on Earth, or across the cosmos. The overall structure is a bit confusing, but the world is fascinating.

  • 85

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 80

    Even for a series that has already featured multiple child murders, Danger Street continues to find new depths to its darkness as entropy intrudes on many plot threads and parallels to modern American politics are evoked. The image of a man seeking to be a hero while toting a child’s coffin over his shoulder is particularly striking in a splash that earns its space with abundant weight. Danger Street #5 is primarily focused on questioning the “knights” that populate its pages with many heroes having their actions and motivations alike called into question. This is crystallized in a conversation between Batman, DC Comics’ most beloved modern superhero, and Creeper in which the latter, essentially functioning as a Tucker Carlson stand-in, makes some uncomfortably good points about the impotence of the people’s self-appointed protectors. There are few obvious villains in the pages of Danger Street and those labeled as monsters remain so far removed from the action that their culpability is often secondary. In this fashion, the convoluted construction of a dozen different threads promises to craft a commentary on how individuals play into monstrously complex systems. The imagery and crushing encounters depicted in issue #5 make it clear that whatever the series’ final destination may be, it’s well considered and will offer plenty of action before arriving.

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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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