Written by J.M. DeMatteis
Pencils & Graytones by Mikel Janin
Colors by Jeromy Cox
Published by DC Comics
In a sea of Justice League titles all dealing with the Forever Evil invasion, Justice League Dark has set itself apart from the pack by doing something very unique; instead of dealing with the Crime Syndicate, John Constantine, the Nightmare Nurse, Swamp Thing, Pandora, and the Phantom Stranger are facing a unique villain. They’re going after Blight, the root of the evil that’s in all of us. Without him, there can be no evil and Constantine knows it; what he doesn’t know though, is that taking on evil itself without the rest of the JLD is impossible! After faking their deaths to fool Blight, Constantine finds an echo of Deadman in what we can only assume is Limbo. Our make-shift JLD tracks him down to an ancient underwater civilization older than Atlantis only to find that Deadman has been trapped inside the dead body of the Crime Syndicate’s Sea King. Things just keep getting messier for Constantine and company!
J.M. DeMatteis has crafted quite possibly the most intriguing story in Forever Evil. Admittedly, I only started reading this title because I saw that Swamp Thing (my second favorite character in the DCU) was in it, but I’ll continue on with it even after he’s gone. I’ve really been enjoying the more mystical, magic corner of the DCU and this has quickly become one of my favorite titles. DeMatteis writes Constantine perfectly. He’s got just the right level of wit all while knowing his place in the world. I’d like to see what DeMatteis could do on the stand alone titles for Constantine and Swamp Thing. We’re racing towards the end of Forever Evil, and now with Deadman in tow, things are finally looking up for our rag-tag Justice League Dark. I just hope Constantine and his group get somewhat of a happy ending.
The art in this book is absolutely gorgeous. It’s always interesting to me to see another artist’s take on a character I love. Mikel Janin and his team have absolutely nailed what Swamp Thing should look like along with every other character in this title. Their take on the Crime Syndicate’s Sea King was absolutely bad ass and I can’t overstate how beautiful every part of this issue is. Whether it’s looking at the ancient underwater civilization or looking at all the wonderful creatures and characters this team can cook up, they’re hitting on all cylinders and it’s not something you should miss!
Read this book! The Forever Evil tie-ins are absolutely wonderful. Just because I started it because I saw Swamp Thing on the cover doesn’t mean you need a similar excuse. This series is spectacular and has carved a special place in the mystical corner of the DCU. J.M. DeMatteis really deserves credit for putting such a unique spin on the Forever Evil event and I don’t see the magic (pun intended) stopping any time soon, even after the event is over. Justice League Dark is a look into a part of the universe that blurs the lines between good and evil that you don’t want to miss!
5 out of 5 nerds