Title: Justice League Dark (2018-) #7
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Alvaro Martinez Bueno
Publication Date: January 16, 2019
Publisher’s Summary:First rule of magic: things can always get worse! Man-Bat learns that the hard way when he plays narrator and chronicles the nightmarish menagerie known as the Otherkind—horrific, monstrous entities such as “the Soup,” “the Rip” and “the Offspring”—that burst through the Sphere of Gods and invaded Earth. The JLD soon realize they’re no match for an invading horde of hellspawn, and to have any kind of chance, they’ll have to go down a darker path. But how much darker can this team get before they become monsters themselves?
“If I’m being honest with myself, I’ve grown rather scared of sleeping. The nightmares lately have been..something beyond what I had ever prepared for.”
Despite having all the makings of a filler issue, Justice League Dark #7 teases readers in all the right ways, offering glimpses at the horrors that the JLD faces, as Man-Bat reads through his files and reflects on his findings.
Frankly, I’ve never liked Man-Bat more than I do right now. Learning that he often stays up late to write and read and drink, makes him significantly easier to relate–easier for me, at least. But regardless of how I currently feel about the character, placing Man-Bat at the center of this story, playing the part of storyteller was a wise choice in that in a single issue’s time, James Tynion managed to add an extra layer to a character that, up until recently, has been interesting, but far from thought-provoking.
Although I did enjoy reading this book, and the short stories found within it, I found myself wondering why, other than to set up future issues, this issue was necessary. Thankfully, despite its necessity, or lack thereof, Justice League Dark #7 manages to entertain by including characters like Frankenstein and his Creature Commandos. Which, while we’re on the subject, I need more Frankenstein and the Creature Commandos like, now…
The Bottom Line:
Justice League Dark #7 manages to entertain and is certainly worth looking at, but it doesn’t do much for the overall story.