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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Justice League Dark #23

August 22nd, 2013 by Jake Tanner Comments

Written by Jeff Lemire

Artist: Mikel Janin

Colorist: Jeremy Cox

Letterer: Rob Leigh

Published by: DC Comics

The Trinity War has been building a full head of steam over the last month or so. It’s obvious that DC is looking to change the dynamic of a lot of their books, but especially their team ups. We’ve seen the man pulling all the strings from the shadows, but in part 5 of 6 in the event, our heroes finally come face to face with him!

This was my favorite issue of the event so far. Jeff Lemire is a master of layering emotion and it carries over into this book for the first time in the arc. Issue after issue has been filled with anger and action, a given for any war real or fake, but we finally get a good look at the third emotion involved in war…fear.

With a storyteller like Lemire at the helm, it’s important that the artist convey the emotion in their art. Mikel Janin pulls that off and then some. He adopts DC’s ‘house’ style and puts his own spin on it. The complexity of emotion in this book reigns supreme, but there’s a ton of big, beautiful action too. The art in this book, in my honest opinion, is only behind Capulo (Batman) and Jim Lee (Superman Unchained)…that’s some pretty big company!

We’re almost to the end of DC’s first big event of the New 52 and I’ve loved it so far. It’s been awesome seeing the fissures driven between some of the most prominent Justice Leaguers, and seeing how fragile those relationships were in the first place. The events in this issue are sure to send ripples throughout the entire DCU, and there’s a big reveal at the end! (No spoilers, but you really need to read this!)

4.5 out of 5 nerds


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