After the monumental events of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4, Pariah has successfully resurrected the infinite Multiverse… and all of reality is still reeling from the event.
Join Doctor Multiverse on a haunting journey through these newly re-formed realities, from The Jurassic League to DC: Mech… from Dark Knights of Steel to Batman ’89 and back again… in a guest-star-galore all-new epic by comics legends and DC architects Mark Waid!
Supergirl Comic Box CommentaryThis one-shot has the Dark Crisis trade dress but is just a one-shot of Waid giving us a snippets of all the known universes Barry Allen has visited while on a mission. It is very fun to re-visit some of the 52 Earths created by Grant Morrison in their Multiversity event. But Waid adds more, telling us we are in true infinite multiverse. It even includes a text page of these known worlds, including a bit in the back that really ... and I mean REALLY ... caught my eye. As for the art, I have nothing but love for Jurgens and Rapmund who bring their classic style to all the odd worlds we get a glimpse of. I also am very impressed with Jurgens' handle on the Flash. I wouldn't mind seeing Jurgens on a Barry mini-series. If you love the old DC multiverse, you should get this if only to see all the classics that are brought back into existence. I mean Earth-4, the Charleston Earth? I am thrilled to see that again.
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Get Your Comic OnDark Crisis is an arc that has been building over the collected issues, at times the story does get a little fragmented with it’s different off-shoots but now we are coming towards the finale this is proving to be an unmissable series.
Comic WatchDark Crisis: Big Bang #1 is a fascinating, well-structured follow-up to Crisis on Infinite Earths, more so than the main Dark Crisis title. Waids decision to build the story out from Barrys point of view, both as the cataloguer of the multiverse, and the man murdered by the Anti-Monitor, ensures theres a tight tension at the core of the one-shot even as it functions as a kaleidoscope of Elseworlds. Getting Jurgens and Rapmund for the art was a knockout decision, ensuring that the universes are rendered with a level of quality that has been honed over years of experience. The consistent fuses with the innovative use of color and paneling create not only an issue full of fan service for all the world visited, but as a strong epilogue to Crisis. This one-shot is a must-read for DC fans going forward, offering the premise of a blank slate, and a bright future for the DC Universe going forward.
Geek DadThe issue feels like a tribute to the past few decades of stories, and to Barry Allen in particular as he faces his greatest demon one last time and turns the page towards a new future.
AIPTDark Crisis: Big Bang offers readers a quick tour through the multiverse that serves as a tribute to Elseworlds old and new.
NerdlyThis was essentially a glorified travel guide, but Waid is a good enough writer to put enough meat on those bare bones and make this an entertaining read. Passing through those Earths gave us a little taster of things to come, and the Barry Allen notes at the end of the issue index all the known Earths. Would have liked to pop in on the Zoo Crew of Earth-26, but there’s always next time. There is still plenty of gaps in there too, so much more exploring to be done. The art by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund was superb, but then we expect that from them. Beautiful clean line art, classically drawn characters, and layouts that made fleeting visits to each Earth interesting. A must read for DC fans, or people wanting to understand the new status quo. There’s a long road ahead.
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The Comicbook DispatchAfter reading Dark Crisis: Big Bang #1 by Mark Waid, it had only one intention… to help create a summary of universes across the multiverse with distinct characteristics for fans to keep track of. That’s it. Dark Crisis: Big Bang #1 has ZERO connection to Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and makes ZERO sense with the current plot by Joshua Williamson. Why and how are Barry and Kid Flash doing any of this? I thought they were busy with the current Crisis. Barry just became free with the rest of the Justice League (I thought) and Kid Flash was helping Wally. Now, they’re together tracking down the Anti-Monitor and concerned with him instead of the Great Darkness? The issue makes no sense in conjunction with anything happening right now and truly isn’t worth the buy in connection with the Dark Crisis. Nevertheless, if you can decouple that hot takeaway from the ongoing Crisis and treat this issue as a standalone title with nothing to do with the Dark Crisis, it’s a fun, quick story that organizes DC Comics’ “work desk”, puts “labels” on some of the “files”, places those “papers” into nice neat piles, and gets things ready for what’s to come. It’s almost like an abbreviated, partial summary of the multiverse all in one place with an actual checklist at the very end. So, if you can look past the fact that Barry turns into One-Punch Man knocking the Anti-Monitor through the Multiverse, and can decouple the fact that this story has literally nothing to do with the Dark Crisis, you ultimately could have a lot of fun with Dark Crisis: Big Bang #1. You’ll have to be the judge of whether or not you can suspend your belief long enough for that to happen. Personally, I can find a balance when giving it a final score.
Major SpoilersIf you’re a back-issue boffin like me, you’ll love Dark Crisis: Big Bang #1 for the inclusion of the first DC alternate reality (Wonder Woman #59) and the various deep cuts referenced throughout, but anyone can enjoy the issue’s well-rendered art and clever story, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. If you’re hoping for more of the Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths story, you might be disappointed, but what you’ll get here is actually better.
Dark Knight NewsDark Crisis: Big Bang #1 is an interesting read. For those of you who are Multiverse junkies, you need to grab this issue. Despite its thin narrative it does a great job establishing the lay of the land post-Dark Crisis. However, if you don’t give a damn about the Multiverse, then this book isn’t for you. The entire story’s devoted to showcasing a wide variety of heroes from the Multiverse, and if that’s not your cup of tea, then you need to find something else to read. Final Verdict: It’s a fun romp with major implications for the DCU moving forward.
ComicBook.comDark Crisis: Big Bang operates on the same dream-like logic of the Golden Age. We get to see Barry Allen punch the Anti-Monitor through over a dozen different dimensions (which is probably cathartic for folks who were reading way back when Crisis on Infinite Earths first dropped) before taking him on with a multiversal team of heroes, all while taking yet another tour of various Earths. If you're on the side of fandom that feels an infinite multiverse within DC is the right call, this will likely be a fist-pumping one-shot as we move toward the finale of Dark Crisis and DC's next impending reboot. If not, it's at least cool to look at.