Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Justice League Dark #9 - Review


Jeff Lemire makes his debut as the writer of the new arc of Justice League Dark this month and it’s a welcome shake-up for the title. In this story Steve Trevor approaches John Constantine to get the JLD back together for a covert mission against Felix Faust deep in the heart of the jungle. But Constantine isn’t doing it out of the kindness of his heart – there’s a deal in it for him that’s unimaginable.

When this series started I was really intrigued by the concept of having an occult Justice League team. The first run of this title was okay, but was lacking a certain charm that most of the other dark titles of the New 52 had. This new direction puts Constantine in the lead, gives the characters actually motivations, and is just plain way more fun.

Lemire not only captures the spirit of a young and brash Constantine, but also the personalities of Zatanna and Deadman. You get the sense that Zatanna wants to make something more of herself and that Deadman wants an opportunity to rise to the occasion as a hero.

The art by Mikel Janin was great in this issue. It had just the right balance of cartooning and realism that made it fun, dynamic, and well laid out on every page. I especially liked the way Constantine was presented in this issue. I’m usually on the fence with some of the interpretations of the surly smoking magician, but here I really enjoyed his mannerisms and his design.

This is the Justice League Dark I’ve been waiting for. Magical mystery, tricking villains with elaborate cons, and enough occult touches to keep horror fans wanting more.

RATING: 4.5/5

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