Justice League Dark #2
Reviewed by: Robbie Rowe
Rating: 7 out of 8
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Alvaro Martinez Bueno
Usually in DC comics, superheroes are more focused on. Fighting madmen, serial killers, Gods, monsters and just super-powered criminals, like Flash often faces. But there’s a darker side to DC, a more magical side, where people like Swamp Thing, the Green (plants), the Red (the living/animals), tricksters like Constantine and even more sinister creatures reside.
This is the side of DC explored by James Tynion IV here, with a team consisting of Swamp Thing, Detective Chimp, Wonder Woman, Man-Bat, Zatanna...and maybe another player, if the world or the team aren’t torn apart before that can happen. One of my favourite parts of the last two issues has been Constantine popping up now and again, talking to Zatanna in a crisis of confidence, or Swamp Thing when he chooses one path, even if John isn’t so sure of it himself.
Constantine’s a character with a lot of potential, many dark, stirring and creative
stories and he’s one I always welcome being explored, especially in the darker,
more supernatural side of DC. I probably prefer this issue to the last, as there
wasn’t as much going on in issue 1, with a lot more to set up via the story, the
team and the kind of tone Tynion IV is likely going for.
The issue begins in a very twisted, scary way and I’m curious just what torment
that the Upside Down Man will bring to the table – the Justice League Dark may
regret having ever gotten involved. While Scott Snyder’s Justice League is far
more cosmic, very ambitious and more focused on villains sometimes, this brings something refreshing to DC, that I feel hasn’t been explored for a long time. I hope it expands even more in time to come.