Monday, March 3, 2014

Justice League Dark #28 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Vicente Cifuentes, Dan Jurgens
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 26, 2014

The Love Of A Good Nick Necro, Er.. I Mean A Bad Nick Necro

In the last issue of Forever Evil: Blight, the JLD was captured and hooked up to the Crime Syndicate's magical weapon; Project Thaumaton.  But Nick Necro picked the wrong guinea pig when he chose Pandora as it's test battery.  We saw Pandora imbue the light of the universe, which damaged the device, and teleport away.  But when she reached her destination she saw she only pulled Phantom Stranger, and Cassandra Craft with her, and with the damage she caused to the Thaumaton, the rest of our heroes wouldn't be able to survive it's magical implosion.  Let's find out if they stand a chance.

Explain It!:

The issue begins on a little island somewhere in the south pacific.  Phantom Stranger, Pandora, and Cassandra Craft, and the thing on everyone's mind is; how the hell did Cassandra Craft teleport with them?  She claims she doesn't know, and that she's just a little psychic, but when Phantom Stranger grabs a hold of her to get some answers, she psyonically throws him back.  This pretty much leaves everyone speechless, but it reminds Phantom Stranger of a power, but whose power, we don't find out this issue.  This mystery we'll have to leave behind until a future issue.

Back at Nanda Parbat the Thaumaton device is going to implode on itself and kill everyone around it.  As you can image Felix Faust and Nick Necro are shitting themselves.  But they manage to come up with a plan to save the device and themselves just in time.  The two channel their power through Zauriel to use his heavenly power to tap into Nanda Parbat's energies.  The two manage to seal the breach in the Thaumaton device, and all is well.  Did you get all that?  But that's not the fucked up part, Zauriel tries to fight back with the little energy he has left, and to prove a point to him, Felix Faust rips off his wings.  Maybe we'll see Zauriel get metal ones like Archangel.  That hasn't been done in awhile, I doubt anyone would notice them ripping this off.  What do ya think?

During the torture of Zauriel, Constantine and Zatanna found a way to communicate with each other using astral projection to meet in the in-between.  We get the two talking about their feelings, and the only reason they can maintain contact with each other is because of the bond they share.  All the mushy stuff is ruined though when Nick Necro jumps into the in-between.  Necro talks about the three of them being bound together, and love, and other junk, but what it all comes down to is he offers them the chance to run the project with him.  There's a bigger bad coming and Nick wants people by his side he at least can tolerate on some level.  Constantine and Zatanna decline, but Necro doesn't take rejection well.  He snaps them back to reality, and he burns them alive over and over again, but each time he does their magics rejuvenate them. So it's the perfect torture.  This could of gone on a lot longer, but Faust puts an end to it and throws Necro to the ground.  Faust claims that such hate could only come from love, and Necro lays on the ground claiming he never loved them as a tear falls from his eye.

In the end we go to New York, where Phantom Stranger, Pandora, and Cassandra Craft are looking for Chris Esperanza, who single handedly defeated Blight, when he became the Spirit of Redemption.  But they're search is halted when Spectre makes a gigantic appearance, talking about it wrath as always.  See you next week in Phantom Stranger #17

Bits and Pieces:

Forever Evil: Blight keeps rolling along, we have our ups and downs in this event, and we get both in this issue.  While there were a couple things that made you think WTF, we also had a lull in discussing the three-way between Zatanna, Constantine, and Nick Necro.  But this is a completely competent issue.  It moves the story along, and keeps you interested.  Towards the end of the issue there's a really cool use of the panels, that looks great.  Overall the book's just lacking a wow factor I look forward to in reading these Dark books.  Maybe I'm just getting tired of the nonstop Blight each week, I don't know, but that's probably it.  But get the issue, and continue your Blight saga.


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