DC Entertainment is in transition with both Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns out from executive positions. Writer Tom King is writing what he knows and what he knows is DC is in a crisis.
The publisher announced Heroes In Crisis, a new project from King and artist Clay Mann. The series will focus on Sanctuary, a mental health crisis center for the super-powered people of the DC Universe. King expanded on this idea in a press release.
"I feel like I'm part of a rolling generation of people who spent their twenties overseas fighting terrorism. Millions of people cycle through that machine and come home to America. And I think that sort of experience of violence is shaping who we are as a culture, and as a country. And I want to talk about that. I want to talk about that experience, the experience of what violence can do to a person, to a community, to a nation, to a world."
This crisis will be an inversion of most of DC's crisis which are normally on a cosmic scale. Heroes In Crisis is "a murder mystery involving Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Booster Gold, and the rest of the World's Greatest Super Heroes."
In talking about the idea of Sanctuary, King explained his plan of making superheroes something that children can look up to again.
"We're creating a place superheroes can go that mimics the good work people are doing for veterans around the world. So that your greatest heroes, who are inspiring our children, can say proudly: 'Yes, I've had some mental difficulties, and yes, working with people has helped me through them.' And we don't hide behind that."
Heroes In Crisis #1 is set to release September 26.