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Justice League Dark #12 - War for the Books of Magic, Part 1 Review

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Doctor Mist has betrayed JLD! Madame Xanadu searches for answers while meeting with Timothy Hunter. Faust searches for the Books of Magic.

The Good

I'm usually not a fan of more mystic based comic books, but JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK is not only a fantastic mystic-based team book, but it's a book that I find a lot more accessible to non-mystic comic readers. It contains a lot of elements from the DCU that you may or may not be familiar with but it's very new reader friendly.

One thing I love that Jeff Lemire is doing on this book, since he took over writing duties, is how he introduces all these great, unused elements into this book. Since the run began, we've already seen The Books of Magic, The House of Secrets, and the House of Mystery. This issue we get a couple more cool unused ideas from the DC Vault. This is adding a lot of depth to the mystical side of the new 52, and I'm extremely happy to see these ideas incorporated, especially with Jeff Lemire writing them.

Mikel Janin (pencils) and Ulises Arreola (colors) are one hell of an art team here. The pencils are solid, consistent, and dynamic within each panel, and the colors are top notch. The colors are really the driving point of this book, no offense to Janin who truly has some great work here. There's lots of different pages and panels I could talk about, but a stand out one, for me, involves the reintroduction to a mystic character that not only has beautiful colors, but also a brilliant amount of detail. From page one, if you don't mutter to yourself "so pretty," then you may be blind.

Great ending to this issue. It's a bit of a shocker. No spoilers for you though. You'll have to read it.

The Bad

Although it's a new story line, in a sense, it's not a jumping on point. You need to start at issue 9, when Lemire started writing, to get a better sense of what's going on now.

The Verdict - Pick of the Week

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK 12 is my pick of the week! What a fantastic issue, and what a fantastic series since Lemire took over. I love everything he's putting into this book and how the line between DC and Vertigo elements is becoming so blurred. This book has wonderful writing on it as well as wonderful art. It's a match made in Limbo.

The only downside, at all, is that if you want to read this book, I highly recommend jumping on at issue 9.

Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

9 Comments
Posted by lifeboy

ok, im on board for this issue. i miss milligan and janin team though and as you say the colorist is great. i also miss 'shade'. they should not have dropped him after issue 7. fyi milligan is now writing the red lanterns.

Posted by Twentyfive

Mist is awesome. Shame he turned bad...

Can't wait to pick up.

Posted by longbowhunter

Another good issue. If I've got one rule in life it's whatever Lemire writes, I read. The brief history on Dr. Mist was interesting. Wouldn't mind seeing more of him in future issues. Like him better as a good guy though. Slaughter Swamp is the phrase of the day. This book, All Star Western and it's back up all featured this odd Gotham location. Weird!!

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Posted by _jackbauer

I love this book.

Posted by ApatheticAvenger

Freaking love this series, been even better since Lemire took over. Really hoping we see Animal Man, Swamp Thing, and Frankenstein become members.

Posted by CombatSpoon86

Just finished reading this and I was in awe. Lemire makes this book 10 times better than Milligan. No knock on Milligan. He's a great writer but his run on JLD was avg. at best. Lemire just gets it with these types of books or any book for that matter.

Posted by derf_jenkins

@longbowhunter said:

Another good issue. If I've got one rule in life it's whatever Lemire writes, I read. The brief history on Dr. Mist was interesting. Wouldn't mind seeing more of him in future issues. Like him better as a good guy though. Slaughter Swamp is the phrase of the day. This book, All Star Western and it's back up all featured this odd Gotham location. Weird!!

I also will read anything by Lemire. I was on JLD from the start, but after 3 issues I dropped it. When Lemire took over the writing at 9, I had to start back up. I might still grab 4-8 if my shop has them. Just so I can have the complete run.

Posted by Booster_Bronze

Bit confused by the cover. If you're following the story, then you already know how it is misleading, and after I read this issue, it feels like maybe this should have been the cover for issue 13. Anyone else get that impression?

P.S. Love how Constantine is being written. He finds one redeeming use for a cigarette in this issue, at least.

Posted by Rise2Ragnarok

LOVE what Lemire has done to this book