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Written By: J.M. DeMatteis Art By: Andres Guinaldo, Walden Wong, Chris Sotomayor Cover Price: $3.99 Release Date: February 25, 2015
Time To Give Up
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
When we last got our Dark on, we saw our heroes pulled from all the places outside of time to the Land Before Time where Zatanna had spent thousands of years exploring her magic and merging with the World Tree. After freaking out about how she's been stuck in a place where all your dreams come true........ dramatic much? We find out that time is in trouble and it could mean the end of all creation, so the World Tree puts the team up to the task of saving the Multiverse. To help them with this task, the World Tree either creates or recreates the House of Mystery........ It's a little sketchy due to all the weirdness of time in these stories and our team rushes off to find the heart of time being ripped open by black oozy time gremlins........ That's right, black oozy time gremlins. Let's see where we go from that in this issue of Justice League Dark.
Our issue begins exactly where we left off last issue with our Justice League Dark in the Heart of Chronos as all time begins to deteriorate. Even though I thought Zatanna's spell last issue did nothing, apparently it did seal up the holes in time causing all the problems but something else is continuing to mess with time and it looks like it might be out of our heroes hands. The entire story is narrated by the entity that is creating these thought form time gremlins and after our heroes fight them, lose and then fight them again............ only to continue to lose, Zatanna, Nightmare Nurse and Madam Xanadu cast a powerful spell to stop time throughout the Multiverse......... you know, to buy themselves some time against this relentless force that wants the destruction of everything.
Well, it looks like the spell Zatanna cast in the last issue and the one she helped cast here was just too much for her and instead of trying to find a solution to......... the end of time, Madam Xanadu and Nightmare Nurse have to make sure that Zatanna doesn't die and man does this part come off odd because Zatanna dying here and then being brought back almost instantly doesn't do anything for the story. What does do something for the story and is a little odd to me with all of time being stopped due to our heroes spell and all, the big bad comes out of the whirlwinds of time and is apparently the Goddess of The Void, the actual embodiment of nothingness: Pralaya. We already know that Pralaya wants to end all of creation because she's like the void of the universe and if the universe is expanding..... she wants it to contract back to nothing before it's time and you know what? She actually gets the JLD behind the idea of ending their pain and personal curses.
In the end, Deadman steps up and tells the Goddess of The Void to suck it because he knows how precious life is and is going to do all he can to make sure existence keeps on existing and he gets the team to snap out of their Gloomy Gus attitudes........ all except Zatanna. Apparently Zatanna was completely sold on Pralaya's pitch to end creation and our issue ends with Zatanna breaking the time bubble and our heroes falling into nothingness. All hope isn't lost though because we see that somehow the House of Mystery has survived.
That's it for this issue of Justice League Dark and while I haven't really enjoyed this whole "The Amber of The Moment" story arc, I did enjoy this one a little bit more. Some parts were odd though, like all the time our heroes spent to make sure that Zatanna didn't die just so she could completely give up a few minutes later just totally threw me for a loop and actually left me a bit pissed off. Even though I enjoyed this issue more than I have others, it still comes off as this over the top story where it seems to want to throw big concepts and words at you as a way to try and make itself more than it is and as of right now, it's kind of a bore. The art though was excellent as always but I fear that this title is just going to end and be quickly forgotten. See you next month where we find out the fate of our Justice League Dark heroes with their final issue.
Bits and Pieces:
While this issue improves on the others in this story arc, it's still not all that fun to read. Our heroes just go back and forth between fighting and losing and at this point I'm just kind of tired of this over the top, over your head story. Hopefully Justice League Dark will be able to go out on a high note but at this point I don't see it and even find myself disliking one of the main characters that I usually read this title for.