Title: Justice League Dark (2018-) #2
Script: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Alvaro Martinez
Inks: Raul Fernandez
Colors: Brad Anderson
Publication Date: August 22, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Plagued by a rash of otherworldly resurrections, the new JLD team begins scouring the shadowy corners of the DCU looking for leads. Turns out, this latest mystery ties back to the Tree of Wonder, last seen laying down roots in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE—and it bears poisoned fruit to boot. The Tree serves as a doorway from the Realm of Magic to our world, and the Upside Down Man is just the first of many all-powerful mystic entities looking for a new haunt. It’s gonna take a major twist of fate for our heroes to get out of this one…
After an unsettling trip into Wonder Woman’s past, Justice League Dark #2 kicks off with our newly-formed team cleaning up the basement of the Hall of Justice and eliminating the threat posed by the magic-gone-bad guys. From here, the team seeks out additional help from Doctor Fate and learn more about the issue at hand.
This new Justice League Dark series has, thus far, exceeded expectations. This magical tale is soaked in darkness and, surprisingly, some serious horror; overall, it entertains and provides readers with questions and ideas to mull over long after they’ve finished their reading.
Writer James Tynion is handling this new team with respect and it is evident that he realizes the potential that comes from exploring magic as it exists and functions in the DC Universe. Like any good mystery story, with every door that opens, two more close. Tynion is expanding readers’ understanding of magic, and he is doing it in a way that both entertains and unsettles.
Alvaro Martinez’ artwork is captivating. Panel after panel, page after page, Martinez manages to produce illustrations and scenes that are somehow more stunning than their predecessors. He does a fine job in bringing this book’s well-known characters to life, but more importantly, it is the subtle changes that he implements, it is his style, that makes this book unique. The last page of this book is one that readers won’t soon forget…
Justice League Dark is strange and surprisingly bold, but I’m enjoying it quite a lot. This is a good look for you DC–keep it up.
The Bottom Line:
This new Justice League Dark series has, thus far, exceeded expectations. This magical tale is soaked in darkness and, surprisingly, some serious horror; Justice League Dark #2 entertains and provides readers with questions and ideas to mull over long after they’ve finished their reading.