I never thought I’d ever call myself a fan of a mystic based comic book, but Justice League Dark has been a must read ever since Jeff Lemire took over writing duties with issue #9. I can honestly say (with full confidence) that each issue that Lemire and artist Mikel Janin deliver has been better than the last. Issue #12 is no exception.
One of the coolest aspects of this series is that Lemire continues to incorporate seemingly forgotten mystical elements from the DCU. Justice League Dark has essentially become the end all be all for the mystical side of the new 52 and long time DC fans will be thrilled to see that Lemire has re-introduced readers to The Books of Magic, The House of Mystery and, in issue #12, the House of Secrets!
Issue #12 packs all the excitement that JLD readers have come to expect from this phenomenal series. The book picks up right where we it left off in issue #11. We quickly learn the motivation behind Dr. Mist’s betrayal of JLD and the fact that even Dr. Mist thinks his name is ridiculous. It’s moments like these that Lemire really connects with his readers. He admits that something is absurd, makes light of it and, for some reason; it makes it all the more acceptable. Faust and Mist escape JLD and take off in search of the books of magic. This leaves the JLD members to bicker amongst each other before inevitably splitting up in an attempt to find the books before Faust and Mist. What the JLD members don’t realize is that they’re walking into a deadly trap!
While I’ve spent the majority of this review gushing over how great Lemire’s writing has been, Mikel Janin (pencils) and Ulises Arreola (colors) deserve just as much credit! This team ranks amongst the best that DC has to offer. I’d even wager to say that they stand amongst the best that the industry to offer. Every panel is so meticulously detailed that the story simply unfolds before your eyes. The effects of Faust’s magic on Deadman are also done incredibly well in this issue. I’d love to single out a specific panel and praise it, but I think it would be doing a disservice to the rest of the book! It’s that good.
Justice League Dark has consistently been one of DC’s best books. I highly recommend picking up issue #12 and, if you haven’t been reading JLD, then I urge you to hunt down some back issues and jump on this incredible series at issue #9! You won’t be disappointed!
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