Written by J.M. DeMatteis
Pencils by Mikel Janin
Colors by Jeramy Cox
Published by DC Comics
The makeshift Justice League Dark has been dealing with Forever Evil in a way that’s totally different than the way their two sister groups, the Justice League and the JLA, have been. You see, when John Constantine is involved, things are never what they seem. While the JL and the JLA deal with the symptom of the Crime Syndicate’s invasion, Constantine wanted to go after the source of the problem; the darkness in each and every one of our psyches, something that’s manifested into a being that’s calling itself Blight. It’s a task easier said than done as we see that it’s going to truly take Divine Intervention if our heroes stand a chance of driving Blight back to wherever he came from!
With JLD J.M, DeMatteis has not only crafted my favorite of the Justice League titles, he’s crafted one of my favorite series over at DC. The major titles have all been really hitting their stride since Forever Evil started, but I think the standout has easily been JLD. The creative team has done a terrific job amping up the stakes in regards to what this team deals with. I just really love that when we see a character do something in this book, it feels like that action holds huge ramifications to the rest of the DCU. I’m really intrigued to see what DeMatteis has planned beyond the FE crossover but the potential is limitless, especially with him at the helm!
Three words describe my feelings towards the art in this issue: Oh My God! The creature Swamp Thing turned in to while Deadman/Sea King was riding him totally blew me away. I’d like to know if that was a note given to them by DeMatteis or if it was a little flair that Mikel Janin cooked up himself. Either way it was one of my favorite things in this issue. I’ll avoid giving away spoilers, but I feel the need to make a special mention to the pages towards the end of the book. I won’t give away what happens, but the colors were absolutely beautiful! Very rarely in comics do the colors convey what’s happening better than any other element in the book, but in those few panels Jeramy Cox was easily the star of this issue!
This is a book I picked up because of the tie in, but I’ll continue with it for as long as this creative team does. Just based on the few issues from Forever Evil alone this book has crept into my top 3 favorites from DC. It’s a look at the other side of the coin as far as heroes go. While Bats and Supes are saving the world from the threats we see, the JLD is saving us from the things we don’t, and you can bet your ass I’ll be there reading and enjoying every last bit of it!
5 out of 5 nerds