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Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1

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Mixed or average ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.

As Pariah’s Dark Army continues its march around the globe, Damian Wayne thinks he’s got an answer as to why Pariah is able to control the most dangerous cosmic villains of the Multiverse-and he’s taking Red Canary and Dr. Light on the road to see if he’s right!

Don’t miss this thrilling Dark Crisis tie-in with direct connections to the present and future of the DCU!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
39 pages
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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Dark Crisis is one of my top series out of the DC Universe and The Dark Army is definitely one of my favourite arcs, it has everything I would want from a DC comic and more.
  • 90

    Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 not only proves to be a fun romp advancing its ensemble of characters, but it proves just how much fun the larger Dark Crisis can still have before it comes to a close. This one-shot's all-star team of writers and artists craft a clever, small-scale story with cool elements – one that is just as plucky as the characters gracing its pages. While its significance in the narrative tapestry of Dark Crisis remains to be seen, Dark Army is a consistently entertaining scrap of that tapestry.
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    The latest one-shot coming out of Dark Crisis is another unusual one as a trio of writers team up to tell one cohesive plotline. Unlike the recent Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green, this issue identifies exactly who writes what, but it’s a smooth transition rather than an anthology. (...) Overall, this is a fun story that has a pretty big impact on the main narrative, but it is a bit lacking in its characterization of Damian. He seems to spend the entire issue snarking and insulting his teammate, losing most of the development he got in his solo series. It’s certainly a fun issue, but I’m just a little disappointed with where DC seems to want to take the character.
  • 75


    With solid writing and art, plus deeper DC Universe connections, The Dark Army #1 is mandatory reading for folks who are already on board the Dark Crisis train. Unfortunately at the same time, that makes this book hard to recommend for anyone other than the most hardcore DC readers.
  • 73

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 has a purpose, which is to supercharge a character in order to break some of these villains from the darkness. From that standpoint, the issue succeeds. However, from a more logical perspective, I left scratching my head as to why and how Damian developed this plan, why any of these people involved felt like trusting him, why we need multiple writers and artists, and why over half the issue was bickering. Fans get too much off-panel action, need-to-know story elements that readers aren’t even prevued to, and choppy tones and renderings that frequently threw this reviewer out of the story. Ultimately, it does its main goal. If you want to find out how the heroes will ”probably” free the villains from the darkness, this is how. Otherwise, you could probably just pop back into Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 and get the gist just fine without Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 or the next one-shot as well.
  • 65

    Multiversity Comics

    Uneven characterization, coupled with odd changes in art style, are somewhat decently held together by good coloring in this one-shot.
  • 60

    But Why Tho?

    Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 is a one-shot that struggles. From the beginning, it looked like an energetic and entertaining comic, and it absolutely has periods where it is. The character choices weren’t wrong, but I don’t think they all had the impact that they could have. Many going missing or are just not laced into the structure of the comic well enough. Maybe the multiple writers and artists created inconsistency within the issue, which would explain many of the issues I had with the comic.
  • 60

    Fortress of Solitude

    - Fails yo utilize the setting to its max potential + Shores up previous plots with the JLI - Both art styles are good, but don't gel well
  • 60

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    A fun one-shot, but it seems only to serve getting plot points and characters lined up for the main event series. Eclectic art teams whose transitions can be jarring at times. Nice to see JLI back and intrigued to learn more about Red Canary.
  • 56

    Comic Watch

    Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 is a lackluster tie-in for both Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and Batman vs. Robin which is inconsistent across the board. From a story that spins its wheels with an extended page count and character regression for Damian, to clashing art styles with visual discrepancies, the issue has little to offer beyond a few interesting character beats here and there. The bulk of this tie-in could be explained in an editor's note of Dark Crisis #7 and unlike previous tie-ins, doesn’t feel vital to an understanding of the plot for the main event.
  • 50


    This very much feels like a side story. From the character selection, to the plot, and even the presumed relevance to the overall event this book is generally a take it or leave it kind of title. The adventure doesn’t progress the plot forward very far, though it does add some elements into play that could be useful as the event nears its ending. e Dr. Fate’s new abilities in particular stand to play a larger role in the remaining titles of the event, but for the price I can’t confidently say this is a must read during this event.
  • 50

    Dark Knight News

    Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 is, in my humble opinion, a hot mess of an issue. For some, this will be a nostalgia-laced dance through the Crises of yesteryear, but any attempt at objectivity will expose some real problems with the issue. Despite having an impressive creative team, this issue suffers from having “too many cooks in the kitchen”. No one seems to be on the same page, and it feels like no one knows why they were commissioned to make this title in the first place. Final Verdict: I promise if you skip this one, you won’t miss a thing.
  • 50

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