Justice League Dark #2
Writing - 9.0/10
Art - 8.0/10
Overall - 8.5/10
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Writer: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Alvaro Martinez Bueno
Inks: Raul Fernandez
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Rob Leigh
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: August 22, 2018
Chapter 2 of the Last Age of Magic immediately picks up where chapter one left off. The team is found doing battle in the Hall of Justice basement before turning to fate for answers.
Justice League Dark #2
In this week’s Justice League Dark #2 the new team continues to tear (literally) through clicker-esque magic zombies and unravel mysteries all while getting better acquainted with one another. The roster now includes Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Detective Chimp and Man-Bat. The team takes a trip to Salem to gain more insight regarding the impending magic apocalypse.
James Tynion IV continues to pull from the best aspects of multiple genres. From the science with Man-Bat, magic with Zatanna, heroics from Wonder Woman and the comedy and wit from Detective Chimp, he makes it so everyone will have something to enjoy in this book. It all shows his control over the characters and the knowledge of how to use them effectively.
With the team fully coming together this week we get our first taste of their interactions and team pairings. Which included my new favorite pairing, Man-Bat, and Detective Chimp. You might never have guessed you wanted their banter, but they leave you needing it. Doctor Fate makes an appearance to offer a rationale on why someone would try to bring about the last days of magic. Though the reasoning is similar to that of a certain Mad Titan, being that there are too many magic users, walls of reality have broken, people are too weak…you know general apocalyptic harbingers. It will still be interesting to see how Tynion uses our heroes to solve the problem instead of the magical council that was assembled in the last issue.
Besides being rewarded with more information about the apocalypse we are also fully introduced to the new villain, the Upside Down Man. First appearing in Chapter One during a Vision had by Zatanna, he makes a bone-chilling entrance in this week’s issue. Not much information is given about him. We only know he plays some part in the magic apocalypse. Also that he is hungry, but doesn’t know where to start with that problem.
The work done by Alvaro Martinez Bueno on this series has been an absolute treat. Discovering the small details in his character models have become such a rewarding experience. Details including individual strands of gold dripping off of a three-headed witch to a severed jaw bone flying through the air from an exploded enemy. Brad Anderson’s work, especially concerning the Tree of Wonder, continues to be enchanting. The only downside to focusing on the details in the smaller things means that the backgrounds in the panels suffer. For being magical landmarks they don’t reward much for hunting through the panel. It doesn’t do much to help expand the curiosity we have of the magical realms.
Justice League Dark continues to be a fun romp with a cast of loveable characters. It has been fun to see the ideas Tynion has for each of the characters and what their individual traits bring to the team. For example, not only does Man-Bat have a scientific mind, he can also fly through a column of enemies (literally, again). With the coming of the Upside Down Man, the stakes in the story have risen, making this a book you do not want to miss out on.
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