Writer: James Tynion IV

Pencils: Alvaro Martinez Bueno

Inks: Raul Fernandez

Colours: Brad Anderson

Letters: Rob Leigh

Publisher: DC Comics

 

If you are looking for a glance into the world of DC’s magical underbelly then Justice League Dark in the series for you. With interesting story telling combined with well-matched art it is sure to sit well with even the most inexperienced of magicians.

The two subplots in this issue work well together, following the point of view of Zatanna and Wonder Woman separately until it finally ties together at the climax of the issue. By following the two heroines we are able to have the basics of this series explained to us in an a way that keeps the issue fast paced and interesting rather than bogging us down with laborious dialogue and explanation.

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This series could grow into a great introduction for DC’s more magical heroes and villains, a side that is more often than not left at the wayside in favour of more traditional superhero stories. Many people think to start with the classic heroes of Batman or Superman but there is something far more intricate about magical supers that I think could intrigue people who are often unimpressed by the brash and action driven stories.

It features some unlikely characters who I didn’t expect to see in this type of grittier comic at all, and they don’t just exist for the purposes of comic relief. Without giving too much away I really enjoyed their appearances, and that they are important to the plot rather than just a throw away cameo. I would say that everything in this comic has been well planned. Not to mention the character designs featured here were wonderful, fitting in will with the tone of the comic.

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A fascinating plot combined with an almost cinematic art style. This series promises to live up to its name, creating a truly dark and disturbing Justice League that I look forward to seeing more of.

Overall: 7/10

 

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