Beware, comic book fans. Be very ware. Or else J. M. DeMatteis and Mikel Janin will scare the fish out of you within this slippery story. Well, they didn't do it for the shear halibut in February, 2014! That's what DC Comics told me, anyway. Just before they ran out of Cod awful aquatic based puns.

To QUOTE Albert Einstein: 'The world is a dangerous place to live. Not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it'.

Hey gang, come gather round, because this is what I want you to do.

  • You, Deadman and Swamp Thing, I want you two to attack the Blight head on. No messing about. Just keep on punching this creep in the face like the b*tch he is.  
  • You, John Constantine and Night Nurse, I want you to attack the Blight on a more magical front. You know. Do you're hocus-pocus thing. Alright?
  • And you, Phantom Stranger and Pandora, I want you to try to pries away Blights inner most power by removing his human host. What's-his name. That kid with the bald head.

Now I hope you've got all that, cause while you're getting on with the job at hand, me -- Zaurel -- can have a nice chat with God about hope and shit.


Or maybe not.

Even though I was none too keen on how 'Redemption' came across as a tale in its own right, generally speaking it wasn't a bad issue to follow.

For a start, Mikel Janin's artwork was as bold and as wonderful as ever. And I especially got a kick out of how he drew those monstrous scenes with John and Night Nurse battling Blight. Also, I was rather fond of how 'the gang' inadvertently divided themselves up into teams, and found different avenues to attack their foe from.

Granted, I was slightly taken back by Zaurels sudden appearance. No. Not because he's a man of color now. But because I haven't read any of the other parts of this cross-over event, and it was rather surprising seeing him smack-bang on the very first page.

Oh! And while I'm on the subject of 'the other parts', I must say I was very happy with how DeMatteis managed to doff his cap to these other sections, without them feeling wedged-in as they normally do. Honesty. Sometimes in a multi-part story-line, some one would say 'Hey [insert name here]. Please remember how we did X and Y over in Z, but was stopped by the forces of Q?' .

As I mentioned up above, there were two aspects within this adventure I wasn't very keen on. Firstly, I'm not a great fan of an all-action tale, mainly because they seem to dilute the premise by taking away any form of characterization and plot. And secondly, I was none too happy with the concept of evil being transmogrified into a physical being, because it isn't, is it.    

Quite a few years ago Stevie Wonder sung a great song that defines this story in a very precise manner. Evil. Say no more.

Now if you've read my silly synopsis and looked at the picture provided, I'm sure you'd be able to guess what I felt about this story from a structural point of view.

Yes. That's correct. It reminded me of a game of American Football because of how each of the 'players' attempted to attack their opponent.

OK, so as you might have guessed by now, I wasn't completely won over by this issue of 'Justice League Dark'. Still. No biggie. It wasn't a bad story-line overall. And I did like the artwork as well as how the cliff-hanger led onto whatever is going to happen next month.

Well. It goes like that sometimes, doesn't it? You can't expect to enjoy every single comic book you pick up every single month. Or else we'd be living in some sort of parallel dimension where the New 52 never happened, and at the end of the day comics are free and movies come on tap.

Having said that, though, I can't help but wonder where this title will be headed in the near future. At the moment it seems to be fairly cancel-free from the powers at be over at DC Comics. And despite my own tone towards this particular tale, I am very happy with the current creative team too. J.M. has always managed to make me happy with most of this tales. And Mikel is one of the best artists I've seen over the last couple of years.

Nuff said.

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #27 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #27 Reviewed by David Andrews on February 18, 2014 Rating: 5
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