Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Justice League Dark #25 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Mikel Janin, Guillermo Ortego, Vincente Cifuentes
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 27, 2013

There's Evil Inside You!  Quick Stab It.

So remember last month in JLD when the whole issue was Constantine seeing the black smoke of evil hovering around mankind?  Well I do and I wasn't impressed with the issue.  Yeah we have to have a build up to a story but it hardly felt like a JLD title, and more like a boring Constantine issue.  Luckily that all seems to be behind us, so let's go check out the beginning of Blight.

Explain It!:

We begin this issue with Nightmare Nurse and Constantine standing in front of a giant, hideous, multi headed Swamp Thing clone.  Yep that happened.  But it's very short lived as Swamp Thing 2 gives birth to Swamp Thing 1, and then our Swamp Thing we all know and love intends on killing Nightmare Nurse, and Constantine for their transgressions.  But before Swamp Thing can drown the two in himself, (gross) the House of Mystery puts an end to the shenanigans.  So now that that is settled the trio decide to team up and kill evil.  Of course.

This just in.  Turns out the Sea King survived, and even though he has no memories of who he is, or what's going on, he knows he's mad.  His rage will guide him.  Now back to our regularly scheduled review.

The trio conjure a doorway to pass into the collective souls of everyone who has ever lived, to find the darkness that lives inside mankind.  Unfortunately they find it, and the giant smoke monster Blight whoops their magic asses.  But Constantine being the right bastard for the job gets the others and him out of there.  So Blight 1 JLD 0.  So back at the House of Mystery Constantine realizes that they are going to need more power to go after Blight again.  So after what I can only imagine was a hardcore session of cutting himself and crying, Constantine emerges from his shame room with the answer.  If they want to combat evil they'll need the ones who understand it better than anyone.  The Phantom Stranger, Pandora, and The Question.  Oh yeah!  The stories going somewhere.  We've crossed the bridge, so see you next month for fun and excitement.

Bits and Pieces:

If you're anything like me, you were expecting a lot from this issue, and while we might not be stuffed, it was a nice appetizer to the main course which is to come.  I've had my doubts about the Blight story arc, but from reading this issue, I can't wait, and besides I enjoy Pandora, and Phantom Stranger so we get some good ole' tie in action from those two as well.  This is only the beginning and as a bridge it's a good issue, and it will keep me reading.


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