Heroes in Crisis — Will a Lantern’s Light Extinguish?

One of the bigger events that’s on the comic book horizon is the next installment in DC Comics’ long spanning Crisis events — Heroes in Crisis. This Crisis is being penned by the most recent “it creator,” Tom King, and pencilled by Clay Mann. Of course this is coming post No Justice, which (in my opinion) was on of the more lack luster “mega, forever changing the DCU” events as of the last several years, so King needs to hit it out of the park for me.

Heroes in Crisis (HIC) was solicited as:

There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by C.I.A.-operative-turned-comics-writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD? Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It’s up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate—but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition?

Now, I for one, have been having more and more issues with the over politicization of comics, mainly for the reason that I’m a firm believer that comics are an escape from reality. Seeing political (and social justice warrior) buzz topics like sanctuary locations, and the essential need for a “safe space” to get over being traumatized (come on, they’re superheroes) is bleeding comics way too much into the polarization that’s occurring around us in everyday life (for those who pay attention to politics), and it’s feeling as if HIC will be driven by a political agenda instead of the politics organically appearing and driven by the story.

That aside, with know there will be a huge death in this event starts raising the question: Who’s going to bite the dust?

Amongst the fan community, there’s been chatter of something happening to Kyle Rayner. Whether it being (1) that he’s the killer with what’s going on in Dan Jurgen’s current run on Green Lanterns, or (2) what’s recently surfaced in regard to HIC. “What recently surfaced in regard to Rayner and HIC?” you might ask, well, allow me to answer that for you…

Heroes in Crisis — Will a Lantern's Light Extinguish?
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Recently, posted on Reddit, someone posted a supposed “spoiler list” of what will occur in and spin out of HIC with one of those things being Rayner will be (one of) the character(s) killed off in King’s Crisis.

The poster suggests (as does another), “Two deaths in Heroes in Crisis: Roy Harper and Kyle Rayner… Wally [West] gets accused [of Roy’s death] and kills Kyle by accident.”

Now, I want to say this so everyone understands… take anything from Reddit with a colossal grain of salt! Seriously, sometimes the things you read on Reddit are true, but sometimes (more so than not) they’re not. But in relation to the chatter and feeling amongst the community of something big happening to Rayner, I feel there might be some weight to this rumor. And let’s be clear, this wouldn’t be the first time something huge out of King’s projects has gotten spoiled (ie the Bat/Cat Wedding).

Heroes in Crisis — Will a Lantern's Light Extinguish?

There are some fishy things in the post, one being the break up of Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris. Despite the fact that it could make sense, I find it unlikely since Robert Venditti just reunited the two in his (and the series’) final issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.

This is where you get the feeling that a fan is just making educated guesses. And of course, that could very well be the case for the entire post. Though I believe that for an event with such magnitude as a Crisis, you’re going to need a beloved character (such as Kyle Rayner) to die in order for there to be a real emotional impact. It needs something that raises the bar, and has meaning for the long-term story — I believe Rayner’s death would accomplish that, and especially at the unintentional hands of another beloved character, Wally West.

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