Title: Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: Witching Hour (2018-) #1
Script: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Jesus Merino
Inks: Jesus Merino
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Publication Date: October 3, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Just in time for Halloween, it’s “The Witching Hour,” a five-part weekly event that will rewrite the future of DC’s magical heroes! Hecate, the witch-goddess of magic, always knew a day would come when the monsters she stole her magic from would return. Now she must activate the Witchmarked, humans within whom she secreted vast stores of power. And the most powerful of the Witchmarked? Wonder Woman!
Despite being nothing more than a continuation of the current Justice League Dark story arc, with added focus placed on Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: Witching Hour (2018-) #1 is an impressive issue that adds interest and insight to events taking place in Justice League Dark.
Brimming with magical power, a witch-marked Wonder Woman is a scary Wonder Woman…For the sake of transparency, I don’t typically read Wonder Woman comics unless she’s featured as a member of the Justice League or is fighting along Batman and Superman; there’s no reason for this other than there are only so many comic book series that I can keep up with and she (along with Flash and Green Arrow and Nightwing and others) just hadn’t made the cut. With that said, James Tynion IV has penned an epic Wonder Woman story and has added a dark and exciting quality to her character that leaves me wanting more…
As one could expect, Tynion does a fine job in handling the task of writing authentic dialogue for multiple characters as they respond naturally in an over-the-top environment. Wonder Woman sounds like Wonder Woman, and Swamp Thing sounds like Swamp Thing; balancing the motivations of many different characters is, I’m sure, far from easy, and Tynion manages to do this with what feels like relative ease.
Jesus Merino takes full advantage of the opportunity provided to him to run wild with intense illustrations and beautiful detail-driven panels. Merino’s illustrations are something to behold and make Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: Witching Hour (2018-) #1 stunning visual spectacle.
With a witch-marked Wonder Woman added into the equation, I can’t help but think about what good–or evil for that matter–our DCU heroes could do with her newly found power. That, and, speaking of her newly found power, I can’t help but think of the damage that Hecate could cause if Wonder Woman falls prey to her power and loses control… Ah, the excitement!
The Bottom Line:
Here’s something you didn’t know about Wonder Woman: she’s a witch! Well, kind of…Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: Witching Hour (2018-) #1 is an impressive issue that takes readers on a dark, magic-laden ride into Wonder Woman’s past.