Jeff Lemire started his run on JLD last month with a really strong debut issue, and I have to say that just as everyone would hope (and expect) he continues that in his next installment. The JLD visit the House of Mystery and we learn about the Books of Magic in this installment, and Lemire continues to show his ability to make this team work.
Read on for my review!
I have to say that I forgot about how awesome the last issue of JLD was because of the fact that for the first eight months of the series’ existence it didn’t really leave an impression on me one way or another. I guess I’m just not used to it being a series I anticipate reading each month, but I’ll have to get used to that, because it’s finally just as awesome as I’d hoped it would be when it was first solicited.
Last we left off the League found out that Dr. Faust was trying to gather the Books of Magic, a relic from far in the past of the DCU. In this issue we visit another piece of DC lore, the House of Mystery. As it turns out John Constantine himself has come into ownership of the House of Mystery, and he brings the League here to further investigate their current affair with Faust.
Lemire definitely succeeds in his story here in that he not only understands how to make this team work together, but he’s also weaving an incredibly interesting story thread that, like I’ve said, is going into some long lost pieces of DC’s past. It’s rather exciting because even with a renewed focus on their supernatural past DC still has neglected tons of characters and devices that has disappeared over the years, and it seems like Lemire is intent on resurrecting a lot of those pieces and work them into something big. It really seems like he’s leading into something large when we get another look at the vision that Madame Xanadu had back in the beginning of the series. If this is Lemire teasing a line-wide Dark family crossover then I’m more then excited to see what he’s got up his sleeves.
As I mentioned in last months review for this series, Lemire has spot on skills with the dialogue between characters in this series. There’s a definite team feeling here, but there’s also the feeling of a team who’s just been formed, and against their own will. There’s reluctance to work with each other, in-team fighting, and snarky speak aplenty from the self-appointed team leader John Constantine.
We continue to see that JLD is in great hands with Lemire writing the title, and it seems like we’ll be taking a break from all the dialogue next issue for good deal of action that harkens back to the Constantine stories of yore. Demons and all. I’m glad to say that this series is highly recommended, and anyone who calls themselves a fan of any of DC’s older supernatural comics would do well to be reading this title.
GO Rating: 4.5/5
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