The search for the Books of Magic continues as Constantine leads his team against Dr. Faust and his demons. Yeah, it’s awesome. Jeff Lemire continues to turn Justice League Dark into what it should have always been; the quintessential ‘Dark’ title from DC Comics.
Read on for my review!
My constant question with this series is “Why didn’t Peter Milligan do it this way?” Milligan’s stories on the series just didn’t make it what I was hoping it would be upon solicitations, but Jeff Lemire is doing exactly what I want. He’s made this an actual team book rather than a book about a bunch of characters just stuck together seemingly by fate, and he’s using it as a catalyst to reintroduce all sorts of old, forgotten elements back into the DC Universe. This month he brings back Timothy Hunter, the former wielder of the Books of Magic.
Those who want some supernatural action won’t be disappointed here as we have plenty of demon-on-golem fighting as well as action sequences with Deadman, Constantine, and more. Lemire certainly knows how to show us how powerful of a mage John Constantine really is, and it leads me to hope he might write the Hellblazer series for Vertigo in the future so he can let all out with the character.
Lemire certainly ups the ante in this issue. He also delivers some twists as well which will allow the reader to know that this story still has a way to go before it’s concluded. I think what he does best here is foot-holing a place for supernatural characters in the DC Universe, which is something that had been absent for years prior to the relaunch. Not only is there a place for the characters, but we also know just how powerful these characters are and this could lead to some pretty big stories in the future (imagine Faust against Superman, or even if Constantine had to fight against Clark for some reason).
Mikel Janin shines in this issue like he hasn’t been able to before. He’s got a real knack for portraying magical powers and he’s able to do that in spades here. I think that any and all complaints that were had with his artwork on this series in the past should be thrown out the window, because his work seems to get better and better with each issue. I just can’t wait to see what’s next for him.
This book has certainly risen up the ranks as far as my favorite DC titles go, and it’s all from Jeff Lemire’s involvement. This is really one title to check out, and I look forward to it more and more each month now. Any fan of the supernatural side of DC would do well to pick this title up, especially if you’ve been missing anything that’s gone absent in the past couple of decades.
GO Rating: 4.5/5