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Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America)) Paperback – October 16, 2012

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"Worthy of the adjective, but in a good way."—The New York Times

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Irish writer Peter Milligan joined Vertigo with SKREEMER in 1989 which led to several other works including SHADE THE CHANGING MAN and ENIGMA. For the DC Universe, he has written Batman in DETECTIVE COMICS and is acknowledged as the driving force behind the Knightfall event. He began his comics career with England's 2000 AD, notably its Bad Company serial. He was named one of Entertainment Weekly's "it" writers in 2002. Currently he is the writer of HELLBLAZER and RED LANTERNS.

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  • Series: Jla (Justice League of America)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237042
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tiger CK on October 17, 2012
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The premise behind Justice League Dark is nothing new but the series itself really works thanks in part to its rich character development. Like in numerous other super team stories, a powerful existential threat to the universe forces a group of heroes with different powers and conflicting personalities to come together and fight to save the planet. In this case it's the enchantress who defeats the original Justice League and unleashes dark, supernatural forces throughout the planet. This calls for a new super team with more magical abilities. The team that ultimately comes together includes many intriguing albeit lesser known characters from the DC Universe. These include Madam Xanadu, Deadman, Zatana and John Constantine.

Peter Milligan's character development is extremely strong. I was never a diehard fan of the former Vertigo comics and I did not know that much about some of these characters when the series launched. I picked this up because it looked interesting and I have been trying to get into some of the best series in the New 52 lineup. The members of the Justice League Dark are more anti-heroes than heroes; they see their abilities as a burden rather than as a gift. Their use of magic and the occult often force them to physically harm their own bodies or live in altered states of existence. I found myself empathizing with these "anti-heroes" despite the morally ambiguous ways in which they govern themselves because the very nature of their special abilities seems to thrust them into one unenviable scenario after another.

Michael Janin's artwork is ideal for capturing Milligan's surrealistic imagination. He adds just the right effects to the ghouls, ghosts and magical realms that play a prominent role in the series.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Hector Montemayor Jr. on October 25, 2012
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I was not expecting too much from this collection to be honest. Boy was I pleaseantly suprised! The storyline is great & well paced in my opinion. A few people have complained that it unfolded too slowly but I disagree. The time taken to tell the story enhances character development. And the art is perfect for this story. Janin has a classic style. Not too flashy, but it comes across beautifully in these pages. Overall, I would say a strong 4.5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this collection to anyone who has ever enjoyed any of these characters. I especially like the idea of Deadman & Constantine in this group. Great story, great art, great read!!! You need to check this one out!
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Based on its supernaturally-fueled concept and offbeat characters, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK was my early dark horse going into DC's New 52. I'm still not sold on DC's whole reshuffling gimmick, but I can't deny that there are some outstanding new titles out there. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK Vol. 1: IN THE DARK collects the series' first six issues. Peter Milligan writes these six issues and then two more before amscraying. Artist Mikel Janin exhibits greater lasting power. This new series threatens to be the most interesting Justice League iteration since the bwah-ha-ha League. It's certainly the edgiest.

Blame long-lived clairvoyant Madame Xanadu, and then, I guess, pat her on the head (but do that at your own risk). Madame Xanadu's meddling has deprived the Enchantress of her human half, June Moone, and without June's stabilizing presence, the Enchantress has gone bat-guano crazy. Not even the Justice League can stand up to her homicidal rage. I knew I was in good hands when I got to that incredible splash panel in which Superman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg can do nothing but cower under the assault of a swarm of witches' teeth. It dawns on Madame Xanadu that something different is called for, something less cape and tights. She sets out to gather a different kind of team. She may as well have recruited from a trashy daytime talk show. She ends up with the most messed-up sort of meta-people. On the other hand, the Doom Patrol's tagline of "The World's Strangest Heroes" just lost some credibility.

"Most of them are a danger to themselves. But that doesn't mean they're not a danger to others," remarks Madame Xanadu, and that's not exactly the strongest vote of confidence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott William Foley VINE VOICE on February 1, 2013
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Justice League Dark has a fantastic premise. I have to admit, when I heard about this book, I became giddy. I've always loved DC's magical characters, especially those with a bit of an edge. And while I love their depictions at Vertigo, a part of me rejoiced that they were rejoining DC proper. Furthermore, by putting "Justice League" in the title, these characters would enjoy a certain level of celebrity, allowing new readers to discover their charisma. Interestingly enough, the team is comprised of three characters I hold very dear (Deadman, Zatanna, and Constantine) and three characters for whom I'm not all that invested (Shade, Enchantress, Madame Xanadu). Finally, there's a character I've never heard of (Mindwarp) which frankly surprised me because I've been reading DC off and on for the last several decades.

So as you can gather, I was fairly biased before I even opened the first volume of Justice League Dark. I wanted to like it. And, honestly, I did like it.

But it's not perfect.

The premise is a bit clichéd. The world is at risk, and only by these seven joining forces can this destruction be averted. Of course, the Enchantress is already destroying much of the earth, and so the future cataclysm seems a little unimportant. And as entire cities are dying, only the seven members of Justice League Dark seem to be doing anything. This is where the book lost me. After brief appearances by Superman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg, the rest of the world's heroes are nowhere to be found. I thought Milligan overreached with the wholesale destruction of cities. Toddlers are killing caregivers, brunettes are killing blondes, nuclear power plants have decided to quit - it all became a bit much to the point of almost being silly.
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