Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Justice League Dark #15 Review and **SPOILERS**

Take it Back to the Start

Writer: James Tynion IV
Penciller: Alvaro Martínez Bueno
Inker: Raul Fernandez
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover: Guillem March and Arif Prianto
Variant Cover: Clayton Crain
Editor: Brittany Holzherr
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: September 25, 2019


Alright folks! It’s part 2 of “The Witching War,” and I’m interested to know just how witchy things will get! Let’s check it out in my review of Justice League Dark #15, commencing now!

Explain It!

So now that we, the readers, know, per the end of the last issue, that Eclipso is about to be unleashed by Circe and her crew, it’s time for the members of Justice League Dark to acknowledge it as well. And…they don’t. But plenty of other things happen, including the dispensing of Swamp Thing by the Floronic Man, who chucks a bit of Rot on him. After appealing to the Parliament of Flowers, and by that I mean after eatng the Parliament of Flowers, the Floronic Man simply touches Swamp Thing with the cooties and it looks like ol’ Swampy is down for the count, Being mind-controlled by Klarion, Kirk Langstrom injects himself with a nuclear concoction that turns him into the older, grosser sibling to the monster from John Carpenter’s The Thing. And it looks like Wonder Woman is infected with Eclipso herself, or something is up with her. She was acting real funny when she coaxed Kent Nelson and Bobo down to check out the Black Diamond herself.
The only thing bugging me out was that Eclipso is depicted as a kind of bug-eyed Lizard character, which is certainly a new version to me. I am familiar with the one that looks like Ricardo Montleban in a two-toned skull cap. This series continues to be a visual delight, with all the real goopy stuff depicted in appropriately gross detail. There’s also a spooky scene near the end of the issue with gigantic beings that looks dynamic as hell. Too bad comic books are printed in such a small format, because I’d love to see a few of these panels at a larger trim size. The story, however, continues to largely stand in place. A dead/dying Swamp Thing and a monstrous Man-Bat are pretty enticing lead-ins to a story that has yet to unfold.

Bits and Pieces:

Anoither visually-arresting issue with a few gross-out panels worth seeing, but the story moves too slowly to be considered exciting. Let’s just call it enthralling.


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