Dark Crisis is now a direct sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths

Dark Crisis #4
Dark Crisis #4 cover art (Image credit: DC)

Dark Crisis is taking over the entire DC Universe – and in September, it will even introduce a new multiverse tied directly to the Flash. Dark Crisis #4 confirms Pariah's Justice League hero-based "happiness prisons" and sees the birth of a new multiverse.

And that Multiverse connection and creation is such a key part of Dark Crisis that DC is now calling the crossover "a direct sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths."

Written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by Daniel Sampere, Dark Crisis #4 follows the Flash family's discovery that their lost member, Barry, isn't exactly dead – his essence has been used to build an entire world. But that's not all. Pariah has done the same with the Justice League members he killed, creating an entire multiverse from the essences of Earth-0's mightiest heroes. 

Dark Crisis #4 cover by Daniel Sampere and Alejandro Sánchez (Image credit: DC)

However, it doesn't seem like Pariah has been completely successful in his mission. In the solicit text for Dark Crisis #4, DC notes that "Pariah's attempt to restore the infinite Multiverse reaches a breaking point," which indicates a point of no return. 

Meanwhile, on Earth-0, Deathstroke continues his plan to eliminate legacy heroes for good, and Jon Kent's rag-tag Justice League replacement attempt to keep up with an ever-growing list of problems. 

But that's not all the solicit text for Dark Crisis #4 says. The text also states that DC is preparing a special announcement about the crossover for Comic-Con International: San Diego "that will change all you know about Dark Crisis!", per the solicit.

Dark Crisis #4 features two covers by Sampere and Alejandro Sánchez, as well as variants by Rachel and Terry Dodson, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund, Nathan Szerdy, and Brett Booth and Jonathan Glapion, which can be seen below.

Dark Crisis #4 hits shelves September 6.

Look for more news about new September DC titles and its full September solicitations later this month. 

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