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52apolooza: Justice League Dark

Darkness falls on the DCnU, just in time for Halloween!  How does the book do?  Click and find out!


Welcome to 52apolooza, the Outhouse feature focusing on DC's September Relaunch.  All of DC's 52 titles will be reviewed by our pool of reviewers to point out the best and worst that DC's new comic book line has to offer.  To see how this book ranks among the other new DC titles, be sure to check out our 52apolooza Rankings!

According to an unsubstantiated and totally fabricated rumor, Justice League Dark was originally named "The Vertigo League".  With a cast ripped out of some of Vertigo's best titles, how will the cast fare in a mainstream superhero book?  Read on and find out!


DC Reviewer: TheGeek

Welcome to the theater of the weird.

I say that because that was exactly what I felt when I opened up Justice League Dark #1, one of the DCnU books that stars pretty much every magic-wielder of the DCU, both familiar and forgotten. When even the Justice League succumbs to an otherworldly threat, it's up to a motley crew of magicians and seers to save the day...or what's left of it!

jldark1Writer Peter Milligan writes with this sort of unhinged madness, tempered only by the effort to be as accessible to new readers as possible. A LOT of weird stuff happens here, from women melting to wax to vortices of rotten teeth tearing away at the Justice League...if this was Milligan's attempt to show how different in tone Dark was to the rest of the DCnU, it's working.

All this madness does move the story along, though, and as the world crumbles to the machinations of the Enchantress (the story's Big Bad), there's a sense of dread that comes from not really knowing what's going to happen next, and it's interesting how this Dark JL is going to handle this.

If there are any fears of any undue change done to the characters, Milligan dispels most of it here. Zatanna still does backwards-speak, Shade is still one messed-up man with that insane jacket, Deadman's still dead, Constantine still says bollocks and Xanadu...well, Xanadu's Xanadu (say that three times fast!). If there's anything I'll miss, it's Zee's iconic fishnet costume...funny how almost everyone escapes unchanged while Zatanna loses her fishnets and gains pants. Very Wonder Woman of her.

As for art, Mikel Janin does his job well. His pencilwork has that realistic feel to it that I like, and Ulises Arreola's colors help sell the realism. As much as I appreciate the straightforwardness of his sequential storytelling, it would have been cool if Janin could have matched Milligan's crazy storytelling with some creative art.

All in all, Justice League Dark #1 is a set up issue like JL #1 was, but this one has the benefit of having tons of weird and strange stuff happening, and having most of the team get face time in the first issue. Milligan is setting up something big and interesting, but I understand if anyone else wants a little something more out of it.

Writing: 18/25
Artwork: 19/25
Accessibility: 20/25
Enjoyability: 20/25

TOTAL:  77/100
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