Review – Justice League Dark #5 (DC Comics)

Justice League Dark #5
  • Writing - 6/10
  • Art - 7/10
  • Overall - 6.5/10
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Justice League Dark #5

Writer: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Daniel Sampere
Inks: Juan Albarran
Colorist: Adriano Lucas
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Lucas DC Comics
Release: November 20, 2018
Detective Chimp has done some things he is not proud of and the Justice League Dark team is about to find out what those things are!


“Puff, The Magic Dragon” Justice League Dark #5


So, everyone in the DC Universe is pretty upset with the new Justice League Dark team after “The Witching Hour” event. So, upset in fact that they have banned them from meddling in magic. That is a pretty tough call as that’s like half the purpose of Justice League Dark. Well, in Justice League Dark #5 Wonder Woman and her team decide not to follow orders and that they can travel to the Magical Realm of Myrra. Which Detective Chimp just happened to inherit. That sounds all good and all until they find out Detective Chimp has done some not so good things and the Magical Realm of Myrra is not so welcoming to him and his friends!


James Tynion IV continues to do a pretty solid job with Justice League Dark #5. He starts to set up a new arc with this issue and brings some new things into play. I am not going to say I was 100% sure what or why everything was going on but I got the gist of the story. There are a lot of things going on in Justice League #5 and they all don’t make perfect sense. I liked the beginning and end of the issue, the mid part though was a little tough to get through.

I do continue to love this team. Detective Chimp is fantastically written my Tynion. He feels like the “old man” on the team and has a great dry humor to him. I also continue to love Man-Bat. Just how he is so scientifically fascinated by all this “magic stuff” yet here he is a giant man-bat creature himself. It cracks me up. Tynion has great dialogue throughout Justice League Dark #5 as well. I love the voices he gives to the characters.

I am growing a little weary of all the magic stuff though. It seems that is all the team has dealt with. It would be nice after this arc if they could switch it up a little bit. Maybe go on some supernatural adventures, add in some monsters or something. I know it is hard to do all that without talking about magic, but it is growing a little old.


Justice League Dark #5
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I really enjoyed Daniel Sampere’s layouts in Justice League Dark #5. He did some really fun things in the issue. The first part of the issue he uses the nine-panel grid set up to great effect to tell the story of how Detective Chimp inherited the magical realm of Myrra. It starts off the issue with a nice eerie tone with some darker colors by Adriano Lucas. He then uses some great angled panel work and layouts to really intensify the action toward the end of the issue.

Juan Albarran has a good bold inking style that adds some great detail to Justice League Dark #5. The dragon looks wonderful on the two-page spread. The art is all around solid good looking comic book art. Nothing superbly stands out as amazing, which isn’t a knock on the artist as everything can’t look amazing or show-stopping but it is still solid artwork.


The middle part of Justice League Dark #5 is a little rough, it is not bad but it was a little trudge to get through at times. The beginning in ending definitely pick the issue up. The art while not jaw-dropping, it is good art and fits the series well. I continue to love the team of this New Justice League Dark team. Wonder Woman makes a good leader; with Zatanna packing a magical punch, Swamp Thing adds a nice elemental theme and Detective Chimp and Man-Bat are two standout characters.

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