Now I know what some people say about me. They say I'm a no good English punk who lucked his way into becoming a magician. But to those people I say, Ha! You know nothing, my friend. I'm much more than that. I'm also one of the characters seen in this comic book created by J. M. DeMatteis, and Vincente Cifuentes; Published by: DC Comics, in April, 2014.

To QUOTE A Fairly Well Known Film Title: 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'.

Hey! Stop messing about you two f*cking idiots. You're both getting on my bloody tits. All I want to know is which one of you the real John Constantine!

Is it you: the nice one? Even though you do seem like a bit of a self-centered coward. Or is it you: the evil one? The one who's just stolen Felix Faust's corrupt power, and now wants to mold the world into his own image!

Come on. Own up. I haven't got all day. The rest of the Justice League Dark and I want to shoot one of you down before we accidentally blow up Nanda Parbat, whilst battling Trigon's three devilish brats!

Boy! Doesn't my life suck? Woe for me. Me... Zatanna.

From my perspective there were three things about this tale I didn't mind following.

Firstly, I thought the bold and dramatic artwork on display was bloody amazing to see. Plus it did surprise me when I eventually realized that it was Vincente Cifuentes great artwork, and not Mikel Janin's, after reading quite a bit of this book

Secondly, it was very nice that this tale was told from Zatanna's perspective. Not only because I'm a big fan of hers, but in addition to this, it also showed an evolution of the team plus her character for a personal viewpoint.

And finally, as much as I'm not too fond of Trigon's three brat's, that's not to imply I didn't like seeing their head's kicked in within one of the most mystical and intriguing places seen in the DCU -- Nanda Parbat.

Hmmm. More on that later, methinks.

My biggest problem with this adventure is that it's clearly a tale of two halves. With one of the halves concentrating on of the whole 'who's Johnny?' sub-plot. Where as the other half concentrate's on a battle that kind of 'popped up' out of thin air.

Now don't get me wrong. By in large I'm normally very compliant with this sort of thing. And generally I don't mind it from happening, but only if there is an obvious logical reason behind it. This time though... no. There was no obvious logic I could find.

I've got to do it, don't I? I've got to pair-up this story with the soft-cell classic, 'Tainted love'. Cause in essence, that's what's at the very heart of this adventure.

Aesthetically this tale reminded me of a doomed celebrity relationship, one possessed by hardship, betrayal, external forces beyond anybodies control, and all of that type of sh*t.

In my eyes 'Nanda Parbat' is one of those 'historical locations' that always has a secret up its sleeve, a secret that will always need exploring.

Granted, it wasn't explored very much in this issue. As the only thing that happened to it is that it went, BOOOM! But then again, this adventure wasn't directly about 'Nanda Parbat', was it? It was about a failed romance and an evolution of a team.

Anyway, before I get too distracted from the matter at hand, I just want to mention my feelings towards this fictitious lo-cal. For a start, this is where Deadman originates from, and that's always a good thing to keep in my book. Furthermore, this is where Ra's was reborn, the Question died, and a whole host of mystical hocus pocus happened too.

So come on, DC. Stick your fingers out. 'Nanda Parbat' deserves some respect, not another gargled overhaul! So please don't mess it up like you have some of the other places seen in the DC Universe. It would be a crying shame to see it waste away.

Nuff said.

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