Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Justice League Dark #11 Review

Run For The Hills

Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019

Let's head on over to the Dark side of the DC Universe and watch as magic itself is destroyed.  Not only that though, but it's a mercy killing to save everyone else in the world because if there's no magic, there's no Other Kind and Doctor Fate and the Lords of Order seem hellbent on making this so....... It's really a toss-up about which side is right because there's so many magical being and worlds within the DCU and Zatanna and Wonder Woman are currently on a trek to find Mordru to see if they can count on a Lord of Chaos' help in all this.  Lines are being crossed, but in a world where they face an impossible enemy......... are there even lines in the first place?   Let's jump into this issue and see how far the magical world has fallen.  Let's check it out.

For this issue of Justice League Dark, we end up doing a lot of the same that we've seen from previous issues.  The majority of our magical characters are still on the run from the Lords of Order, who are sworn to tear down all the magical worlds, while also offering a choice to those who wield the magic........ Either give up their magic and be forced to forget all about it...... or die.  Really though, there isn't much to this segment of the story as we've seen this all before.  That being said, it's still the most interesting part for me and it's a tad disappointing that we don't get more from it.

The other side of our tale here focuses on Zatanna and Wonder Woman finding Mordru so that they can find out what Zatara had planned for his daughter with him and the Ruby of Life and while we eventually get somewhere interesting, the majority of this segment is a bit of slog to get through in my mind and really only shows us our characters sitting at a table talking.  With that being said though, there are definitely some scenes in here that show you just how despicable Mordru is, which only leave me wondering how bad our heroes are going to make him pay by the end of all this.  With that though we come to a cliffhanger that continues to leave me interested in this title, it's just that it took way too long to get there.

All in all, the art continues to be the strongest part of this book, where I love just to page through and admire the work put into it, but as for the story itself there are some decent gems within both legs of our story, but both do too little to really impress me overall.  I like where we're heading, but things seem to be padded out to get there and while I'm still interested in this story, this issue was had too much filler to keep me really happy.

Bits and Pieces:

The magical world is in danger...yeah, we've been there and done that, but besides for an awesome cliffhanger and some scenes showing our heroes being demoralized, there wasn't too much to add to the story here, especially for the majority of our magical characters.  The art is fantastic though and there's enough here to keep fans going forward, it just seems to be padded out a little too much.


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