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Familiar Premise Enlivened by Great Characters,
This review is from: Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America)) (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. The inks and colors all give this book a great look.
Aside from the recycled nature of the book's premise, the only other weakness for me was that it unfolds at a rather slow pace. The characters drift slowly together rather than assembling swiftly (like say the Avengers). But the distinctiveness of the characters and Milligan's great handling of their interactions made this well worth reading.
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Initial post: Apr 27, 2013 5:03:02 AM PDT
Excellent Review THANKS!
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