Hocus-Pocus, alakazam. Eye of newt and brain of man. Mix them altogether in a petrol can. And what we end up with is this comic book Published by DC Comics, in June, 2014, Created by J. M. DeMatteis and Andres Guinaldo. What? We're you expecting something else, perchance?

To QUOTE Larry King: 'I've made a lot of mistakes. I've bonded with some people who use you, and some people that take advantage of you'.

On a conceptual level this installment of 'Justice League Dark' is a unified story-line of two halves. In one half we get to see Zee mystically figuring out that Asa was once possessed by her evil mother. Whilst in the other half John actually joins forces with the possessor in question -- 'Night Nurse' -- thus setting the course for both factions of the team to eventually collide.    

Results? To be continued...

I'd say this was one of the better chapters of 'Justice League Dark' within recent months. It didn't have anything to do with cross-over events or story-lines wafting in from other comic books. Instead, it tried it's best to take us a step further to redefining the team, whilst garnishing us with a story I think I've read before.

No. Not in this series, dear reader. But in the page's of the 'Suicide Squad' from back in the day. When the spirit of the Enchantress went a bit funny in the head and... and... errr... no. I don't want to spoil anything for you by running my mouth off.

Yet what I can say is that this issue was very keenly illustrated by the three artists involved. Plus I best mention getting a right kick out of how DM's suspenseful tale made me ask the all important question -- who's right and who's wrong where 'Night Nurse' is concerned? Is it Zee? Is it John? Or is it -- as I suspect -- something else that'll pop up next month.

Let's see, shall we?

The only thing I had against this adventure was how Deadman and Swamp Thing were underused in it, and only seemed to be present to justify a minor part of the overall narrative.

Now please don't get me wrong. I rather enjoyed those few scenes they appeared in together. Especially that part where Boston told Swampy the 'House of Mystery' was trying to seduce him. But apart from that, though -- no -- not enough for me. Maybe next time we'll see more.

In a round about way this tale was about an abusive parent that did something bad to her own daughter. So with that in mind, folks, how about paring it up with the Crystal Bowersox song, 'Farmer's Daughter'!

I'm going use something Zatanna said in this story-line for this month's comparison, folks, and compare it to a second-hand dress. Well, let's face it. In the past Alice Winter was used by her evil mother as some sort of shabby garment. Put on and taken off whenever she so wished.

At the end of this issue something happened to Zee that was very-very strange. 'But what could it be?' you may ask yourself. Surely she didn't...

  1. Shave her hair off and pretended to be a hick version of Britney Spears.
  2. Dance to the Crystal Bowersox song I mentioned previously... but naked.
  3. Quit the team and start-up her very own 'one woman' mariachi band. 
  4. Get possessed by forces beyond her control.
  5. Pull a politician out of her hat... I said 'hat'.
  6. Use her fishnet stockings to go fishing.
  7. Pay her taxes.
  8. Kick John in his nuts.
  9. Star in a porno with Wonder Woman and Power Girl.
  10. Sleep with a carrot.

Ha! Nuff said.

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #31 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #31 Reviewed by David Andrews on June 18, 2014 Rating: 5
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