Title: Justice League Dark (2018-) #4
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Daniel Sampere
Publication Date: November 21, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Wonder Woman’s magic act…banned! The DCU’s magical community collectively freaks out and forbids Wonder Woman and the JL Dark team from meddling in magic anymore after the disastrous events of the “Witching Hour” storyline. The team seeks refuge in the only place they can think of: Detective Chimp’s inherited, magical realm of Myrra—but not everyone is happy to bow to the new Nightmaster! So how can things get worse for the sorcery super-team? One word: dragons!
“And the chimpanzee drinks…”
Justice League Dark (2018-) #4 opens with a funeral for a friend, and ends with epic skirmishes that involve our already-diverse cast of characters with some ‘new’ additions.
I was eager to see where this story would pick up after the “Witching Hour” arc, and I am glad that focus is being shifted to Myrra while after effects of what happened in the previous arc continue to echo throughout the DCU.
Justice League Dark (2018-) #4 is well-paced and, thanks to a combination of genuine dialogue, well-timed humor, and the inclusion of interesting character, is a pleasurable read. James Tynion continues to do a fine job in providing such a diverse cast of characters, some more well-known than others, with unique voices that sound authentic and true to the character to whom they belong. Also, by including characters like the Phantom Stranger and the Blue Devil in this series, and allowing them to play meaningful roles, Tynion expands upon a DCU mythos, paying homage, and reviving characters that can, and should, be more prevalent in modern DC comics.
The Bottom Line:
With the “Witching Hour” arc fading away in the rear-view mirror, Justice League Dark begins moves into a new arc that shows promise.