Writer: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Alvaro Martinez Bueno
Inks: Raul Fernandez
Colors: Brad Anderson
This run of Justice League Dark is quickly becoming my favorite comic on the shelves right now. The story remains immensely intriguing while the artwork is second-to-none. If you aren’t afraid of a little horror, this is one book worth picking up.
From the witches of Themyscira to the monsters in the lab, the imagery is disturbing in the very best way. This is the kind of artwork that makes you want to read the issue a second time just to catch all the small details you might have missed the first time round. For instance, there’s a great panel during the lab fight where Wonder Woman punches a monster into oblivion. While it’s easy to miss among all the pus and mutilation, you can clearly see a monster’s jawbone become disattached. It gives a new definition to the power Diana wields as well as make you feel a just a tiny bit queasy.
Our team of magic is shaping up nicely. Zatanna and Swamp-Thing are to be expected, but the addition of Bobo and Man-Bat are welcomed sights. I feel like a lot of people picking up this arc for the first time may be surprised to see how little Constantine actually plays into the plot so far. He only shows up for a couple pages in this issue, but it’s clear he’ll be sticking around.
I don’t mind Constantine’s exclusion so far. With a movie and TV show, I feel like most people are probably well aware of who he is and what he can do. It just gives the creative team behind this comic more time to develop characters like Bobo and Kirk.
If you like more macabre stories, then this is for you. While the art’s great, the story doesn’t slack either. Especially that great twist that will leave you chomping at the bit for the next issue.
Overall Score: 10/10
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