Justice League Dark #1 (2018) Review
Dance magic Dance! I do love me some Justice League Dark. There’s just something about a Justice League full of rebel magic users that’s always tickled my fancy. For those that are lovers of all things Justice League, Justice League Dark will have to do it for you for a while since Odyssey, or Justice League of the Galaxy as I’m going to call them has been delayed for a month or so.
In Justice League Dark #1 (2018) you have Wonder Woman in charge of recruiting members and she’s well, not doing so great. Magic has been ripped apart, scattering magic users all over the multiverse, none think Wonder Woman can lead a team to stop the death of magic. Even Zatanna herself turns down Wonder Woman’s request to join Justice League Dark, that is until she’s pulled in by the powerful forces of the Otherkind and the frightening Upside Down Man.
Do we ever grow tired of super hero teams or even super heroes battling the next problem that’s, “so powerful, it’s the most powerful thing we ever seen and will ever see. You must stop it or everything we know dies”? Does that ever get old? I think Kay from Men in Black said it best, “There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!”.
James Tynion IV writes a great Justice League Dark story. He shows Wonder Woman at a loss as to how to band together a team of magic users against an evil that she alone can’t punch in the face. It’s unfamiliar territory for the Amazonian. The unlikely cast of characters is also a nice change of pace, I think that’s what I’ve always liked about Justice League Dark. Siding hard hitters like Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, and Zatanna with Bobo the Detective Chimp and Man-Bat lead to very interesting conversations and even crazier battles.
Justice League Dark #1 (2018) is a familiar read with a new mix of characters that helps it feel fresh.
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