Writer: Tom King
Artists: Mitch Gerads (pp.1,6-20) Travis Moore (pp.2-5)
Colorist: Mitch Gerads
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Heroes In Crisis #8 is a breathtaking look into the mind and soul of Wally West. Every page of this comic contains an answer to a question. Every image is significant. Tom King has been building to this since the beginning and it has been worth the wait. I understand that this event has been difficult for some people because it takes one of the most beloved characters (Wally West) and puts him in a dreadful scenario. Wally is suffering. He’s going through something no one else could possibly understand. This finally tells us Wally’s full story at sanctuary. We find out what happens that day. This book since the beginning has been a raw look at mental health issues of the heroes and villains of the DC universe. It covers addiction, loss of loved ones, abuse, feeling vulnerable, losing control, and being afraid. That’s what I appreciate about this issue. King explores what a person is capable of when they are pushed to the edge. All it takes is one moment to change everything.
I want to give a huge shoutout to Travis Moore who did the pencils on pages 2-5. The images on those pages told such a great story and had amazing callbacks to earlier issues. I got emotional quickly while reading this and that is largely due to the excellent job Moore did. The other artist on this book is Mitch Gerads. If you follow me on twitter you’ll know that it is no secret that I love his work. This issue is A+ Mitch. The way he demonstrates speed force energy crackling around Wally’s eyes is one of the coolest effects I’ve ever seen. A Mitch Gerads Flash book would be a dream come true and this issue demonstrates why. His use of color makes Wally jump off the page. King and Gerads really make you feel like you’re along with Wally every step of the way. We have one issue left after this and I can’t wait to see what Tom King has planned. Hang in there folks, and remember you are not alone.