Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Justice League Dark #20 Review

The War Of The Parliaments 

Written By: Ram V, James Tynion IV
Art By: Kyle Hotz, FCO Plascencia, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 26, 2020

You thought that magic was in trouble before, well you haven't seen anything yet because now it's time to get the forces of nature and life on board with the new status quo of magic and to do that we have to go after the many avatars of the different Parliaments of our world.  Let's jump into this issue and see if our Justice League Dark team can pull everything together so that the different Parliaments don't tear the world apart as their war for dominance begins.  Let's check it out.

For this issue of Justice League Dark, we see a new problem for our team to focus on, where spores are infecting people and then controlling them to go off to infect others........ The way they infect others is by having their heads explode.  Thankfully, we had Animal Man right at ground zero, who then alerted our team of the problem, but throughout this oddly told issue, we discover that this is just the start to things getting even worse because ever since magic was changed, it seemed that the ancient rite that brought the different Parliaments of the world together into equal factions has broken down and now they're just warring for dominance.

Even though we have James Tynion IV co-writing with Ram V this issue, it doesn't really feel like James is even here because of how different everything feels, including the new artist.  I'm not saying that this is a bad issue per se, but it feels off from what we've been getting lately and by the time I got used to not only the look but the storytelling, the issue was over and I was left torn about how I felt because while I think the scope of the story is huge and find the idea exciting, I don't know if we're even going to go that far with it because even though five Parliaments are mentioned, The Red, The Green, The Rot, The Divided and The Grey, once the story gets started since our heroes now have Floronic Man and Animal Man, their only concern seems to be with finding Abigail Arcane, who's been the Avatar of The Rot.

All in all, I thought the art in this issue was decent but wasn't a fan of the washed-out colors that were used.  It made the issue come off kind of dull looking and flat.  As for the story, I'm a huge fan of finding out what the fate of the different Parliaments of Earth is, but the story felt halfway told by the time we start because Animal Man is already involved and now it seems that the only thing that we really have to deal with is Abigail Arcane and a possible twist that we had as our cliffhanger.  Hopefully, things pick up in the next issue because I'm all about this story idea, but it feels like it should be bigger than what was presented here.

Bits and Pieces:

This is the story that I've been wanting forever since Hecate destroyed the Parliament of Trees and the Parliament of Flowers took their place, but sadly it feels like kind of a weird start, where the scope should be huge, but the focus here comes off kind of small.  The art like the story felt off at times, but the biggest problem for me is that the colors just didn't pop off the page and it left the book feeling kind of dull to look at.


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