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To QUOTE Henry David Thoreau: 'We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect'.
In this story, entitled 'The Haunted Seas', John and the gang go in search for their missing team-mate, Boston Brand, only to inadvertently stumble across a certain deceased 'Sea King' accompanied by his ancient minions. Furthermore, to bookend this tale, their is this whole sub-plot involving Blight, the Phantom Stranger, plus some kid called Thirteen, which is a right cock up I can tell you. Ha!
Overall I'd say this installment of 'Justice League Dark' was a fairly good read. As always, the stand-out for me would have to be Mikel Janin's amazing artwork. In my eyes everything he draws just leaps off of the page due to his very stylish and expressive characterizations.
Moreover, I have to complement J. M. DeMatteis story telling ability too. Despite some of it being somewhat hit or miss for me -- which is a point I'll touch upon later -- in general he knows all to well how to imbue his characters with real attitudes and real sensibilities, whilst telling a tale that was rather progressive by default.
Oh! And as for the tale in itself, well, I did enjoy certain aspects about that I suppose. Like the frigidly team-dynamics for instance, plus how Aquaman and
oh... no... I'm not giving that one away. Next section please!
My biggest problem with this issue -- and for that matter, the last one as well -- would have to be how it was paced very-very slowly compared to what it actually achieved throughout its telling. Now don't get me wrong, if you've read what I've said up above, you know I got right kick out of reading this yarn. However, in the same breath, all it did was nudge the story along a bit in the right direction, whilst shedding a lot of unneeded and lengthy dialogue which had absolutely nothing to do with the larger story-line.
Take that scene where John needed to confirm if he saw
for example. In a couple of pages all we got were a couple of panels of Pandora
blinking, and Night Nurse taking a sample of John's blood, to confirm something
we all knew never needed confirming in the first place.
In 1995 the R&B trio, named 'TLC', relinquished me of my puberty by singing a great song entitled, 'Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls'. Today, though, I'm going to relinquish you of your purity, dear readers, by presenting you with this rather jovial and alliterative comparison. Please enjoy.
Haven't you ever noticed how versatile seaweed truly is? Not only can you eat it, wear it as a make-shift wig, and dry it out for ornamental purposes. But in addition to this, this plant-like algae has the ability to meld into the ether, just like the dead Aquaman did during this said-same adventure.
To be complexly honest with you, dear reader, it was rather difficult for me to write this review without giving away any spoilers in the process. You see, I'm not a big fan of spoilers myself, and I wouldn't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment of a book by telling them something they shouldn't have known beforehand.
Having said that, though, how else can I write about an adventure without telling you a bit about it too? Oh! Wait a minute! I know what I can do. I can present you with a parable relating to how this tale ends! That might work.
'A man goes in search for some missing treasure only to figure out that his gain is lost within a sea of troubles. However, instead of him confronting his dilemma head on, the man then questions the nature of his gain by sealing it within a sea of troubles'.
Hmmm. I'm not too sure about that parable really. Although it does sound rather nice if you say it out loud and in a pious accent! Go on. You give it a try. And if anyone overhears you, and thinks you're a nutter, you tell them some English idiot told you it was a way of un-spoiling a spoiler.