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  • Series: Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237042
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

About the Author

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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One would hope for a more readable story with more enjoyable characters.
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I recommend this collection to anyone who has ever enjoyed any of these characters.
Hector Montemayor Jr.
The JLD is the best and the most well written team book in the new 52 universe.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tiger CK on October 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 15 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Two readers on July 10, 2013
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Milligan has taken a bunch of C list character and frankly did what I thought was not possible: he made them work well. I will be waiting for Vol. 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael H on March 15, 2014
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Like another review said, The writers do not do that good of a job at introducing the characters, who they are, what they do, and how they got to this point. I thought that was the whole point of the New 52 line is to reboot the characters starting with their origin stories and going from there.

Now as for the story itself, It's a bit slow at times for overall it's not that bad, Especially when compared to some of the other junk in the New 52 line. The characters are some-what likable but again, It all comes down to how the book is written and in the near 150 page book, They just don't do enough to really make them compelling characters. Only 1 or 2 characters really stand out from the bunch. Still, The potential is there because each character in the Justice League Dark is unique and original and this could easily turn into a good reboot of the franchise or they could ruin it.

Now it all comes down to price in my opinion. It's wasn't worth buying at 15 dollars and it's not worth buying at 10. I got it on sale for 3 so I'd just wait until the price drops to 6-7 bucks before taking a chance on it or better yet borrow a copy from a friend to see if you'll like it. It's not that it's a bad comic, It's just not worth putting that much money into.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Trotter VINE VOICE on May 22, 2013
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I love Zatanna. I have most of Constantine's books. The others I'm less familiar with, but this series... wow. I know they have to push the plot along but this went fast, had no character development, and kind of sucked. Ok, more than kind of; I was bored and annoyed when I finished it. It only got finished at all because I felt a sense of duty. There was one bright and shining pannel, when (spoilers, of course) someone tried to possess Constantine - that was the lone bright spot in this book. The rest was angsty drivel.

If you're a devoted, dedicated fan, go for it. If you're not, don't start with this. Try the other vertigo classics - the original Hellblazer stuff, the Alan Moore Swamp Thing. This wannabe-dark new 52 is forced and goes nowhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul on May 26, 2014
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this is Peter Milligan ripping off Neil Gaiman and Jamie Delano when they were imitating Alan Moore. honestly, that would not be a deal breaker in itself. the problem is that while Moore kept it intense up to the climax and Gaiman kept it interesting to the anti-climax, Milligan barely keeps it coherent to reach a non-event that could have been wrapped up in a third of the time. truly sad, considering he was one of the few original voices from the wave of late 80's early 90's comics that this recalls.
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