Fans in attendance at the DC’s Dark Crisis panel at San Diego Comic-Con were treated to an exclusive reveal of the full true name of the 2022 event: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. The blockbuster series from writer Joshua Williamson and artist Daniel Sampere was revealed to be a sequel to the original groundbreaking Crisis on Infinite Earths by George Pérez and Marv Wolfman.
Panelists Joshua Williamson, Daniel Sampere, Jeremy Adams, Meghan Fitzmartin, Tom King and Ram V were joined by moderator and DC executive editor Ben Abernathy to discuss what’s happened in Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths up until now and the exciting things to come, including a Super Swamp Thing! All 1,000 fans in attendance at today’s Dark Crisis panel received a convention exclusive enamel pin of Darkseid.
“We’ve kept the real name a secret from the start because we didn’t want to give away what was happening in the middle of the story, with the return of the Infinite Earths,” said writer Joshua Williamson.
“It means so much to me to be able to be involved in creating a sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths. It really is an honor and a dream come true for any comic book fan,” said artist Daniel Sampere. “Over the next few issues, fans can expect a big action explosion, with lots of epic, huge battles and a lot of emotion and surprises.”
Williamson added, “The first few issues of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths have been a mix of action and character moments and we’re turning it up to 11 with the last few issues. It’s going to be a roller coaster with some intense moments for DC fans, including team-ups that you won’t see coming and a fight scene that is probably one of the more emotional moments I’ve ever written for DC.”
DC announced that the first three Issues are being reprinted to feature the Newly revealed name.
DARK CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #5
WAR AT THE HALL OF JUSTICE! After the shocking events of the last issue, Pariah has won. And now his Dark Army is poised for the invasion of our world. It’s up to the Titans to rally the remaining heroes to defeat Deathstroke’s ever-growing forces and avert total destruction! An epic war starts on the steps of the Hall of Justice, and only a miracle could help the heroes now. But all hope is not lost, as the worlds without a Justice League have begun to loosen their grip…but can the heroes return to Earth if it means one member of the Justice League could be lost forever?
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art and cover by DANIEL SAMPERE and ALEJANDRO SÁNCHEZ
Variant cover by IVAN REIS and DANNY MIKI
1:25 variant cover by ARIEL COLON
1:50 variant cover by MIKEL JANÍN
1:100 foil variant cover by DANIEL SAMPERE and ALEJANDRO SÁNCHEZ
Identity Crisis homage variant cover by MATEUS MANHANINI
$4.99 | 32 pages | 5 of 7 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 10/4/22
DC will be reprinting the first three issues of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths to feature the newly announced name on the cover. Fans can order copies at their local comic shops starting today for delivery on August 30.
Making her first-ever San Diego Comic-Con panel appearance, Meghan Fitzmartin was on hand to reveal details of the penultimate issue of Dark Crisis: Young Justice. Arriving in comic stores on October 18, Dark Crisis: Young Justice #5 sees Mickey Mxyzptlk build his own perfect world; the Young Justice team needs to fight back to restore the DC Universe.
DARK CRISIS: YOUNG JUSTICE #5
HERE’S MICKEY! Mickey Mxyzptlk, son of Mr. Mxyzptlk, built the “perfect world” where he and the boys of Young Justice could rule without being criticized, without having to change, without ever having to grow up. Mickey has an ugly soul and too much power. The boys of Young Justice will have to overcome their shortcomings and defeat him to get back to the DCU they know and need!
Written by MEGHAN FITZMARTIN
Art by LAURA BRAGA
Cover by MAX DUNBAR
Variant cover by BELÉN ORTEGA
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 5 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 10/18/22
After making a surprise appearance on the panel, writer Ram V announced that he—alongside Joshua Williamson, Dan Waters, and Alex Paknadel with art by Daniel Bayliss—will be part of the creative team behind Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1. After a truce with the Great Darkness, Swamp Thing must work together with Superman to investigate how it’s spreading across the Multiverse. Introducing: Super Swamp Thing! Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1 will be available at comic shops on October 4, 2022.
“I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the magical side of DC’s incredible cast of characters from Arion to Zatanna,” said writer Ram V. “I’m thrilled to be working with Joshua, Dan Watters, and Alex Paknadel as co-writers to bring a little bit of ‘magic’ to Dark Crisis with characters like Alan Scott, the Swamp Thing, Jon Kent and John Constantine delving into the Deadly Green.”
DARK CRISIS: THE DEADLY GREEN #1
Superman and Swamp Thing uncover the secrets of the Great Darkness! During the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, Swamp Thing encountered and formed a truce with the Great Darkness, but this ancient force has been awakened by Pariah and now its influence is felt across the Multiverse. Now the Avatar of the Green must work together with new allies to investigate how far the Great Darkness has spread and why it would work with Pariah. If they want to stop the Great Darkness from swallowing the Green, they need some extra help…ENTER: SUPER SWAMP THING.
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, DAN WATTERS, RAM V, and ALEX PAKNADEL
Art by DANIEL BAYLISS
Cover by GOÑI MONTES
Variant cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA
1:25 foil variant cover by STEVE BEACH
$5.99 | 48 pages | One-shot
ON SALE 10/11/22
The reveals didn’t stop there! Fans were also treated to the first look at Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1, releasing on November 22, 2022. Damian Wayne, Red Canary, Dr. Light and a ragtag team of heroes cross enemy lines to steal control of the Dark Army from Pariah. But in the process, they uncover a secret about Dr. Light’s place in Crisis on Infinite Earths that rocks the future of the DCU! Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 will be written by Mark Waid, Dennis Culver and Delilah S. Dawson featuring a main cover by Gleb Melnikov and variant covers by Werther Dell’Edera and Taj Tenfold.
Dark Crisis: War Zone #1 is an on-the-ground look at the madness and chaos of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. The story will highlight Linda Park and Iris West’s points of view on what is happening around them and will feature writers Jeremy Adams and Stephanie Williams, with more talent being announced later. Dark Crisis: War Zone #1 will be available on December 6 with a main cover by Mario “Fox” Foccillo & Prasad Rao and variant cover by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund.
Lastly, it was revealed that Jace Fox will do battle with Sinestro in I Am Batman #15, arriving in stores on November 15 from Oscar-Winning writer John Ridley and an artist to be announced at a later date.
Fans are encouraged to attend the remainder of DC’s San Diego Comic-Con panels on Friday and Saturday for more breaking news, including DC’s Gotham Panel (Friday at 12:30 in room 6DE), Jim Lee and Friends (Friday at 1:45 in room 6DE) and Comics Are Fun for Everyone (Saturday at 12:30 in room 6DE).