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Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League - Superman #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

When Pariah and his forces of the Great Darkness laid waste to the most powerful superheroes of all time, all hope was lost…with the Man of Steel suffering the same fate as that of his comrades, join us for a look at a world of dreams he would never have thought possible while alive. Where there’s life there’s hope, and with that hope comes a deeper unraveling of the tapestry of DCU’s biggest event of 2022!

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33 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    If you’re a fan of the Tomasi/Gleason Rebirth era of Superman, you do not want to miss this issue. Just well done all around, from the writing, art, colors and lettering.

    Some event tie-ins can be hit or miss, but I think this is well worth the read.

  • 100

    DC Comics News

    If this issue is any indication, the upcoming Worlds Without a Justice League one-shots are going to be something really special. I can’t wait to see what worlds Pariah has created for the other members of the League. And the Superman story is like Tom King’s best stories usually are – heartbreaking but also somehow uplifting at the same time.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    When this monthly series of graphic novels were announced, no one was quite sure what to make of them—were they just tributes to heroes who were dead and gone? After the first issue of Dark Crisis things are a lot clearer—these stories of worlds that never were are artificial constructs that the heroes are trapped in by Pariah, caught between life and death as he uses their energy for nefarious purposes. So we start with Superman, as he gets to experience a world where Jon Kent grew up the way he was supposed to, and Superman and Lois get to guide him through his teen years to becoming a hero in his own right. No surprise given King’s last foray into the Superman family, it’s absolutely brilliant.

  • 95

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 83

    Zona Negativa

  • 80

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    I have to admit I sort of like what King did here. Of course, this is Tom King so there is trauma and cursing. A B-list character is mistreated, going against their history. But Kong does show us one timeline (or one story) where Jon was not aged up quickly. We get to peek at Jon’s adolescence. We see him grow, and rebel, and become his own person. And as a parent of young adults myself, seeing how proud Superman is in the end rang true. I also like that King gives us a Jon who doesn’t think Superman is doing enough (like in the current book) but turns that a little on its head.

    The art is by Chris Burnham, whose work I have always enjoyed. The work nudges up against that sort of beautiful/grotesque style that works well, especially in the more gruesome battle scenes. I feel like Burnham is a wonderful mix of Shawn McManus and Frank Quitely.

  • 80

    Superman Homepage

  • 75


    Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League #1: Superman is a fun exploration of growing pains with a Super Father raising a Super Son. We see how Clark would’ve reacted to Jon’s years spent growing up. We see how much Clark missed by being robbed of that time with Jon.

  • 74

    The Super Powered Fancast

  • 60

  • 60

    But Why Tho?

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

  • 60

    Multiversity Comics

  • 50

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

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