Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Justice League Dark 2021 Annual #1 Review

Sitting Around And Telling Stories

Written By: Ram V, Dan Waters
Art By: Christopher Mitten, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: November 30, 2021

It's time to get not just a full issue of Justice League Dark, but an extended Annual issue to get us some full flavor to what our heroes are going up against in their fight against Merlin...... The only problem is... Because of delays or some other nonsense, this Annual issue takes place after issue #71 of Justice League, which depending on when you're reading this, is two issues ahead of where we currently are in our story so there's going to be a bit of a learning curve to this issue. Let's jump into this and see what's what.

While I was looking forward to this issue because it was more than just a backup to a book that I don't enjoy, plus we'd be given the time to get some real storytelling done, this issue presents to us an issue that's just kind of boring as hell. Yeah, we have our JLD safe and secure after their defense of Atlantis against Merlin.... but we don't know what exactly happened since this takes place after that and now our team needs to talk about what is happening and what needs to be done and to accomplish this, they sit around while Wonder Woman out of nowhere tells them that she witnessed a vision from the Goddess of Time and Space, Hauhet that warns Wonder Woman about an abomination god that's up and around because of Merlin...... and once that story is done we get back to Randhir Singh, who Elnara and Batman previously saved from Merlin and his old ass tells us a long story about how something bad is coming.

Once Randhir's story finishes I was thinking that it was about time we start getting to some sort of solution and have our team do something because we're told right from the get-go that at some point Merlin is going to destroy the Tower of Fate and we obviously can't let that happen but instead of doing something we now have Mr. E show up and tell us another story about Merlin, where we also see another connection in this story, being the father of Darkseid, Yuga Khan and while by the end we might have something to do going forward, we're left with a convoluted issue that was presented in a boring way.

All in all, I didn't mind the art in this issue and love to see all our members, even if they are just sitting around and bitching at each other, but they had absolutely nothing to do here and the idea that we're missing two backups still to get to this story just made me feel lost right away even if all we did was add characters and keep the Upside-Down Man at bay. That aside though, our entire issue is our characters essentially sitting down and hearing people talk about visions of the end of time, where they're all standing around listening to other people tell them stories with backgrounds that aren't very exciting or detailed and because of this we're left with a drab, boring issue all around that just waits until the end to give our heroes something to not suck by the end..... and I guess this added Yuga Khan to the story but how and why is still left open. I was looking for more here than what we've previously been given, but the more that we got seems almost overwhelming by the end.

Bits and Pieces:

In this issue, we have our heroes sitting around listening to stories of when our storytellers had a vision or saw something, where they themselves stood around and listened to someone talk about something, and while the end definitely seems nigh with all that was said, the way this Annual was presented came off as boring as hell, not to mention that it takes place ahead of issues that we've been able to read so we're lost right from the get-go. This is a weird Annual that I was looking forward to that just really left me disappointed by the end.


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