Writer: James Tynion IV

Artist: Jesus Merino

Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Lettering: Dave Sharpe

Cover: Jesus Merino

Publisher: DC Comics

 

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Mystical, magical mayhem in the DC Universe? Usually a delight. The first issue of The Witching Hour is no exception. I adore the “team” they’ve come up with for this story arc…at least what look to be the key players around Wonder Woman. But I will leave the discovery of that to you, so as not to spoil the fun (and magic).

While not the most complex plot, I was really drawn into the story from the beginning. It’s a fun take for a short series set close to Halloween. Admittedly, I haven’t read any of the other Justice League Dark books, but I have heard that they are quite good, so I will probably be checking them out as well. I feel like the threat is a great supernatural trap for all of hour heroes and the stakes are high.

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Hecate, the witch goddess, often gets a bad rap, but she does make for a good villain. Her power in this book is chilling. Still, a more evened out view of witchcraft would be welcome sometimes, I think.

The major comic book event faux pas that I really was hoping would not happen rears its ugly head, and that made me grit my teeth. Points off for this boo-boo, but otherwise, I enjoyed the plot and the dialogue for the most part.

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The art was gorgeous, as can be expected. Sometimes, some of the characters seemed unnaturally elongated, especially the female heroes, but really that just adds to the spookiness. I did actually feel that the colors, while brilliant, maybe could have been a little darker, to up the creepy atmosphere. But that’s more of a personal preference.

This witchy tale was quite wild, and I am anxious to read the next one. Perhaps I can catch up on the rest of Justice League Dark while I’m waiting.

Overall: 8/10

 

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