Review: Justice League Dark #1

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Classic DC Characters are thrust into a mystery-thriller of magic and action

Magic is dying, and the whole of the magician community within the DC Universe is trying to figure out what to do.

Our opening story follows Wonder Woman post-“Justice League: No Justice” as she attempts to gather recruits. In another “fate of the world” story-line, we are faced with the idea that the originators of magic are trying to make a comeback for one last trick that will leave the world a bloody mess. To stop it, Wonder Woman must turn to the shadows and those who live in them for help.

From Zatanna and her out-of-focus magic, to Swamp Thing, and Man-Bat (who is thankfully now more man than Bat), the team begins to pull together. But it’s anybody’s guess as to how our hero’s of the dark underbelly between magic and horror will take on this foe. All we know is that they will do it together.

Paired with Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Raul Ferndandez and more, it seems a great real world team has been assembled for James Tynion IV’s classic Hellblazer style incarnation of Justice League. Needless to say, this version of the Hall of Justice will need some candelabras instead of invisible planes to go along with the undead cadavers and Swamp Thing’s noticeable odor.

Score: 8/10

As a classic John Constantine fan, I’m very interested in where this will go. It’s the dark world/hero crusader universe that they’ve been attempting in the live action films. This time, they are nailing it.

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