Justice League Dark takes on a surprisingly powerful Felix Faust while he, and John Constantine, seek the Books of Magic!
Justice League Dark #11
The JLD arrive at A.R.G.U.S. HQ to stop Felix Faust. While Deadman and Zatanna try to hold back the ghastly magician, Constantine, Steve Trevor, Black Orchid, and Dr. Mist head to the fabled Black Room to gather some magical items to stop Faust. Meanwhile, Madame Xanadu seeks out the only person pure enough to actually possess the Books of Magic – youngster Timothy Hunter. Unfortunately, she’s found out that he’s given up all his magical abilities. Back at A.R.G.U.S., Constantine confronts Faust and opens the map to the Books of Magic, but to his shock, he’s been betrayed… By Dr. Mist!
Jeff Lemire continues his solid work on this series. He’s really taken advantage of what Peter Milligan left him as far as these disparate characters forced to work together. It really shows in the attitude and personality he gives the book. This team is still not really a true “team” yet, but they are really figuring out how they can actually work together. The earlier books benefited from how well the characters didn’t really work as a team, but since taking over for Milligan, Lemire is just having fun with this group slowly coming together.
This book has always succeeded from the idea that the JLD will always have this horrific situations to fight against. For the regular Justice League, there will always be a big bad to take down that is more in line with their power set. However, for this team, having all these extremely powerful mystics, magicians, and supernatural beings around, the threats, while usually more hidden than the JLA’s typical threat, seem so much bigger and scarier. The idea of the Books of Magic being close enough for Constantine to grab, but knowing that if he does, it will corrupt him and destroy the world is a pretty damn big deal. These characters in these situations will always leave room for the reader to question what will happen next and it makes for an incredibly fun book.
What more can anyone say about Mikel Janin’s work? The art in this series, when he’s been there, is second to none at DC and is one of the most beautiful books on the shelves from any publisher. He gets so much to play with in terms of monsters, pretty ladies, heroic guys, and magical items, that the eye candy factor is way off the scale. I often find myself slowing down before turning the page to just take in the art, even if the exchange from one page to the next is something of a cliffhanger. I know the story wants me to turn the page. I know I want to turn the page to see what happens next, but I just have stop and look at the art for a tad bit longer.
Lemire is definitely giving Janin lots to play with, but he’s also packing the arc so full of classic ideas like the House of Mystery, the Books of Magic, and even bringing back Timothy Hunter. This book so just a ton of fun to read every month.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Great plot, great threat, and great art. Every month, I always look forward to reading the title and it has picked up the pace tenfold with Lemire taking over from Milligan who already did wonders with the book.||None.|
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