Writer: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Alvaro Martinez Bueno
Inks: Raul Fernandez
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Rob Leigh
Release date: 4/24/17
We currently have three separate divisions of the Justice League throughout DC comics. There’s, of course, the main Justice League team we’re all familiar with. We now also have the space fairing Justice League Odyssey. Not to take anything away from these other amazing titles but without a doubt my favorite of the three would have to be Justice League Dark. Not only have I always been fascinated by the supernatural and all things considered magic, hell I even spent a period of time as a teenager learning street magic, but the unexpected team up of ; Wonder Woman, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Detective Chimp, and Man-Bat do make for one sensational comic book.
The Lords of Order have gathered and began their attack on the realms of magic! Led by the former hero, Dr. Fate, the spirit of the Helmet of Nabu has sidelined Kent Nelson and has assumed full control. The story starts off with a flashback, when Dr. Fate travelled to The Realm of Order in an effort to persuade his siblings in magic to join him on his crusade against the entirety of magic users across the multiverse. With the Justice League Dark split on two fronts, one of the most shocking revelations comes when Zatanna and Wonder Woman talk with Circe at her home on Aerea. What does Zatanna’s father Giovanni have to do with all of the ongoing chaos, and just who has been carrying on his work since Giovanni’s death? Between The Otherkind devouring every magic wielder on earth, and the Lords of Order with their plans now in action, things are looking dire.
The team of artists does a wicked job once again. Martinez Bueno, Fernandez, and Anderson create a bit of magic all on their own within the panels of JLD. An example that really made me stop to appreciate their artistic talent was when the Lords of Order acted effectively in breaking down the fabrics of reality. James Tynion has created a villain in The Otherkind truly worthy of their own horror movie, The Upside-down man especially. With enemies literally taking ground beneath our heroes’ feet, how will they ever be able to gain their footing and save every magical being in existence?