COMIC TITLE: Justice League Dark #1 (2018)
Raúl Fernández, Alvaro Martinez – Artist
James T Tynion IV– Writer
July 25, 2018
I was a little excited for this week’s New Comic Book Day only because there were not a lot of titles that I collect that came out. Nevertheless, there were plenty of titles that came out that I was happy to see to continue some storylines, but there was a title that I saw and I had to have it. One of my favorite DC Comics groups has always been Justice League Dark because it deals with a different side of the DC Universe with some of my favorite characters like Swamp Thing and Constantine. That is why when I saw Justice League Dark #1, I decided that it was today’s comic. The comic was written by James T Tynion IV (Batman/TMNT II) and it was illustrated by Raúl Fernández (Convergence: Booster Gold) and Alvaro Martinez. After the events of No Justice, how was the world of magic effected and who really has the magic still within them? Zatanna thought that she was still in control of her magic until something from the Tree Of Life in Salem started effecting her magic inviting beings from another world into the theirs. Along with Wonder Woman, Detective Chimp, Swamp Thing, and Man-Bat this misfit crew of magicians will try their best to solve this mystery, but what truly waits for them on the other side?
At this point, I kind of wish I had read Dark Knights Metal and the No Justice story line just to know the origins of the tree. Other than that, I think it’s a pretty simple story to dive right into and get right on the tracks with them. There are times when you are reading it and you’re wondering where certain characters will come in and what kind of role they’ll have in this one. The main focus of this issue is on Zatanna, Wonder Woman, Man-Bat, and Detective Chimp who I am seriously trying to get used to, but I do like his character. The story is pretty solid where they gave the issue and followed up with several subplot points and even some turning points. Visually, I think this comic book is right up my alley since I am such a huge horror fan and some of the visuals were cool especially the morgue scene. That was actually what hooked me on to this comic besides the fact that I absolutely love Swamp Thing. There were some parts of the comic when the visuals didn’t quite live up or could have been executed better like the opening sequence, but it’s a very good comic book and a good return for the team itself. I’m just wondering what part Jason Blood is going to play and will we see Constantine again? Check it out for yourselves and check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A
Entertainment Value: A