Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Justice League Dark #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Andres Guinaldo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 23, 2014

Dead Man Don't Wear Plaid

Last issue of JLD we saw Nightmare Nurse possess Zatanna, which the entire team took great offense to.  Constantine opened a portal to "The Between" to try to suck Asa out of Z, but ended up sucking the entire House of Mystery in instead.  Nightmare Nurse finally let's Zatanna go and was willing to sacrifice herself to the living consciousness of "The Between" to see her friends escape.  Thankfully it didn't come to that and before Nightmare Nurse escaped we found out that the living consciousness is her father and in the end of the issue with her old host Alice Winter's permission she allowed Asa to re-enter her.  So all is well and it seems like the team can get back to normal and even take a little break.  Hopefully nothing bad happens here, let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Everyone in the House of Mystery seems to be enjoying their time off from magical disasters and other worldly riffraff.  That is until Dead Man has a vision of Nanda Parbat and people screaming, which begins a new quest for the Justice League Dark.  Even though Nanda Parbat moved to anther dimension in the conclusion to Forever Evil: Blight, Dead Man knows that he must somehow make his way back there.  Even with the collective magics of Nightmare Nurse, Zatanna and Constantine wherever Nanda Parbat went, it's not letting these magical powerhouses find it's location.

So a little frustrated that he couldn't find the location to Nanda Parbat, Dead Man travels to his old circus to reflect on the life he used to lead and the death he leads now, when his deep thoughts are interrupted by Brahma Dass the man from Nanda Parbat that gave him the choice to stay in the world and do some good or take his chances on an afterlife.  Now I thought that was Rama Kushna was the deity that spared Dead Man a hellish afterlife, but it looks like things might be changing with next month's Secret Origins featuring Dead Man.  Anyway Brahma Dass transports Dead Man to where Nanda Parbat once was in the Himalayas, where we find out that a mystical dragon will transport all children of Nanda Parbat home.  So yeah Dead Man rides his luck dragon like Bastion in the end of Never Ending Story through the dimensional rifts to make his way to the magical city.

In the end we find out that the Brahma Dass isn't really Brahma Dass, but a collective of souls that make up the entity Pantheon, that gave Dead Man the vision of Nanda Parbat and hid within his consciousness so that they could travel undetected to the magical city.  It seems that the luck dragon would of destroyed them if they were out in the open.  Now that Pantheon is here it intends to destroy the city as retribution for something that we don't understand yet.  Also the Justice League Dark follow Deadman's trail and also make their way through the dimension rift and find that Nanda Parbat is already destroyed and have to fight their way through a horde of Pantheon's thought forms.  As the issue closes we see Deadman one last time as he comes to inside a dungeon and to his and our surprise he's alive.

Hope all you complainers out there that say Dead Man doesn't have enough to do will quiet down now because it looks like this on going story is going to be very Dead Man-centric.  Make sure you're back next time and check out next month's Secret Origins to get the latest info on what drives our ghostly acrobat.  See you then.

Bits and Pieces:

While DeMatteis has been on the title awhile it seems that the collective of Andres Guinaldo and him is the greatest thing to happen to this title in awhile.  I love DeMatteis's stories and Guinaldo draws these characters better than anyone in the title's run, so just make sure you go get issue 30 on because they're just beautiful.  This issue is no exception as we jump into a very heavy Dead Man story, that will leave all you Boston Brand lovers asking for more.  So get out there and pick up JLD so you too can enjoy all the magical excitement that only this title can offer.


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