Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Justice League Dark #24 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Mikel Janin
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 23, 2013

Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em

Well this is less of a Justice League Dark, and more of a "It's a Horrible Life With Constantine".  Well I guess there isn't much to bring you up to speed, if you haven't been reading the rest of the Justice League titles, and haven't read Trinity War, you should't be here.

Explain It!:

Well what's there to explain really?  Constantine wakes up in House of Mystery, after the Crime Syndicate appears at the end of the Trinity War.  Before he knows what's happening, he's attacked by miniature versions of himself, I guess these are his personal demons.  He banishes them away, and continues to ponder what happened.  He realizes that the House of Mystery must have pulled him out of the attack, and brought him home. 

For most of the issue we have Constantine transported to different places seeing people with small bits of smoke coming out their heads, with eyes, and teeth.  Finally we find out that these are the sins of the world, creating more sin, and then feeding off the people that create it.  This goes on for awhile, until The JLD shows up and starts attacking Constantine.  He realizes that these are just manifestations of his guilt.  He banishes them all away, except for Zatanna, who tells Constantine that she is there to help him, and that all the things he is seeing are still the effect of Pandora's Box.  Zatanna's manifestation reaches into Constantine's chest, and pulls out the evil that was placed there by the box.

Constantine awakes now in his bedroom, next to Zatanna.  He's now free from the virus from Pandora's Box, but Zatanna is still just a manifestation (which is really creepy, and you get the impression, that this happens all the time.), and Constantine vows to find the rest of the Justice League Dark, and especially Zatanna.  The two kiss, and then Constantine zaps her across the room.  We find out that this isn't the normal Zatanna manifestation/sex toy, it's really Nightmare Nurse.  Apparently after the boning she was going to tell him, that she was there to help.  She was the one to pull the evil out of Constantine, and she's also brought some help.  Since she couldn't get the real Swamp Thing, she grew her own.

Bits and Pieces:

This was a very odd issue.  Really the weakest of all the Forever Evil tie-ins I've read.  Most of the issue was a LSD like trip for Constantine to understand the nature of evil, and how sin spreads from the apathetic, to the hate mongers, to the everyday person.  But it was really boring.  For what the issue was, it should of just been a filler issue of Constantine.  All in all the story falls short to impress, especially put next to the superb issue of Justice League, out this week as well.


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