Comic Vine News

75 Comments

What's Happening in this DC "Abandon All Hope" Image?

We break down the two page spread in the back of every DC issue this past week.

Since the start of the New 52, there's been a heavy focus on the dark and mystical side of DC. The stories contained within these books even leaked their way into main series i.e. Trinity War. This past week, the Channel 52 ad at the end of each DC comic contained this two page spread featuring a slew of DC's dark characters on boat. Let's try to make some sense of this and figure out what's coming up for the future of these characters.

3609370-dark.jpg

There's a lot to look at here, but my eye went right to Aquaman's hand coming out of the water, covered in vines. Vines that may or may not be coming from Swamp Thing, who just happens to be holding his trident. What are these two characters going to be fighting about? In between them is Pandora, so maybe she has something to do with this, as her back is turned to the King of Atlantis.

Constantine is tied up by Sargon the Sorceress. Does the Cult of the Cold Flame finally capture him? On the boat behind them is a few Justice League Dark members, including Zatanna, Deadman, Nightmare Nurse, The Question, Frankenstein, Etrigan, and Madame Xanadu, as well as a few others. Why are they all on this boat? Could this be the new team, after the fallout of Forever Evil?

Finally, in the background, is Phantom Stranger and Spectre. Phantom Stranger seems to be caught between two different worlds, like he has been in the past, whether is was juggling his life as the Stranger and his family or being caught between life and death. However, this picture suggests that maybe the Spectre is behind this. since he has a bit of history with Stranger and blames him for becoming the entity he is today.

There's a lot to talk about within this picture: "Who's that cat?" or "Why is Etrigan grabbing onto Frankenstein?" What we can gather is that this is going to be a new age for the Justice League Dark and the Dark characters, in general. So make sure you keep an eye out on these characters in the upcoming months. We want to know what you guys think. What is interesting about this picture to you and what conclusions can you draw from it?

80 CommentsRefresh
  • 80 results
  • 1
  • 2

Avatar image for kingxpain
Edited By kingxpain

I doubt it's Sea King, he wore a purple shirt, I don't believe that's an orange lantern construct it looks like a spell from Sargon, does anyone know who is stand behind John? As for Specter, I bet hes upset that he has to deal with this new "Spirit of redemption" thing.

Avatar image for kilowog52
Posted By kilowog52

I recognize (from left to right) Zatanna, Phantom Stranger, Deadman, Spectre, Nightmare Nurse, Pandora, Frankenstein, Etrigan, The Question, Madame Xanadu, Amethyst, Swamp Thing, Black Orchid, Sargon the Sorceress, and John Constatine. I do not however recognize the short-haired (presumably female) character to the immediate right of Deadman, left of Etrigan, below the Spectre, and above Nightmare Nurse. I was thinking this might be Shining Knight, but am not at all certain. I also do not recognize the long-haired (presumably male) character wearing a blindfold on the far right of the picture, who is apparently attacking John Constantine alongside Sargon the Sorceress. I too assumed the cat was Teekl, by the way. And I think I saw a Swamp Thing appearance mentioned in the solicitations for one of the upcoming issues of Aquaman.

Constantine is apparently selling so poorly, that I don't see his title lasting too much longer. Then there are the rumors of Pandora's title closing soon. If these two get cancelled, that would leave only JLD, Phantom Stranger, and Swamp Thing in the Dark Family. After seeing the Young Justice Family completely wiped out, and the The Edge Family reduced to just The Movement and All-Star Western, neither of which show much promise of continuing, things look grim for the The Dark Family. However, hopefully whatever this image is teasing will help it. On a side note, I'm guessing DC will launch just one Young Justice book, and maybe even call it Young Justice and make it part of the Justice League Family.

@asjmooney: The FE: Blight crossover, as well as the main Forever Evil series, and the three tie-in minis all end at the end of March. Meaning, in April, the minis will no longer be continuing and the four series involved in the Blight crossover will either return to wherever they were prior to the crossover, or take off in new directions.

Avatar image for rulerofthisuniverse
Posted By RulerOfThisUniverse

Interesting.

Avatar image for fantasgasmic
Posted By Fantasgasmic
Avatar image for al_capown
Edited By Al_capOWN

Considering how swamp thing 27 ended, I could see him and aqua man crossing over, OH SNAP!!! SH1T BOUT TO GET REAL WITH THEM TWO AFTER WHAT SWAMPY DID AT THE END OF LAST ISSUE!!

Avatar image for mangakid1995
Posted By mangakid1995

Etrigan and Amethyst are really the only two things I care about In this teaser.

Avatar image for dickdastardly
Edited By DickDastardly

@dondave: Its pretty clear to be aquaman.. Seakings armor is different colours. Purple and blue if i remember correctly..

Avatar image for jeanralphio
Edited By JeanRalphio

I hate the paranormal/sorcery/supernatural side("Dark") of DC but hopefully this'll change it

Avatar image for z3ro180
Posted By z3ro180

Interesting.

Avatar image for clayscarface
Posted By clayscarface

Ah crap. I just made the decision to drop Swamp Thing and now this...

Avatar image for ando123
Posted By Ando123

Cool pretty exciting stuff for sure

Avatar image for matchesmalone21
Posted By matchesmalone21

@vsg413 said:

Grant Morrison has an obsession with putting cats into his books. I would like to see Grant dive into some Dark, supernatural, horror themes.

@vsg413 said:

Grant Morrison has an obsession with putting cats into his books. I would like to see Grant dive into some Dark, supernatural, horror themes.

Maybe he wil bring ''Cat'' Grant. LOL!!

Avatar image for vsg413
Posted By VSG413

I'm very convinced Grant Morrison is writing this now. Judeo-Christianic symbolism and lore combined in comics mythology, Zauriel is not in the picture... Why? He was just introduced why would they take him out so quickly. It looks like Phantom Stranger is going to be caught in some type of heavy situation. Spectre seems pissed. Oh yeah, and that random ass cat!

Avatar image for vaeternus
Posted By Vaeternus

Nice, looks cool. Just another sign of why DC is beating Marvel right now, JLD archs turned out to be a lot better then expected.

Avatar image for escgamer
Edited By EscGamer

How did Swamp Thing get a hold of Aquaman's Trident is my question of the day. I like how he's attack the boat that has the JLD members on it, and how it seems like (and this is just me) that everyone is against him.

Avatar image for jonsmith
Posted By JonSmith

I know. I'm just saying I didn't know he was on the JLD. I just didn't bother adding the word "Dark" because I thought it was pretty obvious.

Ah, sorry. My bad. And yeah, he's with the JLD now... Presumably. Constantine said he'd like to go punch God in the face, and Stranger promptly said, "Sure, off we go to Heaven's Gates." So I assume they're all pretty tight now.

Avatar image for jonny_anonymous
Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

@jonsmith said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

Oh, I didn't know he was on the Justice League.

... Are you.... Are you being intentionally obtuse, or is this an honest misunderstanding? He's not on the Justice League. He's on Justice League Dark, which deals with magical threats, and due to being lead by John Constantine, does not at ALL get along well with... Well, anyone really, but the real Justice League in particular.

I know. I'm just saying I didn't know he was on the JLD. I just didn't bother adding the word "Dark" because I thought it was pretty obvious.

Avatar image for jonsmith
Posted By JonSmith

Oh, I didn't know he was on the Justice League.

... Are you.... Are you being intentionally obtuse, or is this an honest misunderstanding? He's not on the Justice League. He's on Justice League Dark, which deals with magical threats, and due to being lead by John Constantine, does not at ALL get along well with... Well, anyone really, but the real Justice League in particular.

Avatar image for m3th
Posted By M3th

THey realized How ironic tHe image was so tHey scrapped it, tHat's wHat Happened.

-ABstract4$$#073-

Avatar image for jonny_anonymous
Posted By Jonny_Anonymous
Avatar image for jonsmith
Posted By JonSmith
Avatar image for jonny_anonymous
Posted By Jonny_Anonymous
Avatar image for tdk_1997
Posted By TDK_1997

This teaser doesn't interest me even slightly and it seems like after Blight I will be dropping this book.

Avatar image for jonsmith
Edited By JonSmith

Might not be a boat so much as an ark. Perhaps the Spectre is doing something and they're all fighting for survival... Like him trashing all magic again. This time to get back at the Stranger and his new team. Though how Aquaman would be involved I haven't the slightest.

Avatar image for lyrafay
Edited By LyraFay

I really like that picture. Whose the artist?

Avatar image for the_titan_lord
Edited By The_Titan_Lord

Nice.

Avatar image for asjmooney
Posted By asjmooney

Justice League Dark used to be one of my favourite titles but I dropped it when Blight started as couldn't keep up with another even as I'm reading the majority of the FE main tie ins as it is.

Will pick it back up when blight ends. Does anyone know when that is?

Avatar image for transformers1024
Posted By Transformers1024

Swamp Thing is apart of it so I'm sold!

Avatar image for laabitres
Posted By laabitres

this looks dope

Avatar image for darkbeam
Edited By darkbeam

This looks good can't wait to find out more about this.

Avatar image for makkyd
Edited By MakkyD

Really reminds me how much behind Marvel is when it comes to their Magic side....

Anyway, besides anything already mentioned: Though it's probably wishful thinking, could Zatanna's distance from the others signify a solo? After the Forever Evil tie-ins end, there is 4/5 spots open after all.

Avatar image for jwalser3
Posted By jwalser3

The roster is amazing.

Avatar image for longbowhunter
Posted By longbowhunter

After Animal Man wraps, Swamp Thing will be the only Dark book I'm pulling. The line started strong but just petered out.

Online
Avatar image for citizenjp
Edited By CitizenJP

Eyyy Etrigan! I miss Demon Knights. :/

Avatar image for dagmar_merrill
Edited By dagmar_merrill

@fhiz said:

Also worth noting, that like the Batman: Eternal teaser image, this too was based off a classic painting, this time it's the bottom right corner of Michelangelo's "The Last Judgement"

What was the Eternal teaser based off of?

Avatar image for vitalius
Edited By Vitalius

@jonny_anonymous:

Zatanna on Trinity War was with Justice League, possibel because close allie of Batman and there were dealing Shazam (a magical character). Maybe Trigon and Raven is with Young Justice Titles. Like how previous were all about Batman tittles (possibel that Batgirl was her solo and Birds of Prey Titles.)

Avatar image for samuel_simmons
Posted By Samuel_Simmons

@dondave yeah but also Sea King is dead, only through deadman is he alive and deadman is also in the pic. plus swampy and aquaman are about to crossover.

Avatar image for perfect_10
Posted By Perfect 10

@crimsonfox69: that's capucine, an ally of swamp thing you can catch in his book. she's french, immortal and a badass fighter

Avatar image for dondave
Posted By dondave

@dondave said:

I doubt it's Aquaman, but rather Sea King

Sea Kings armor is purple, not orange

Ehh, he could always get another costume

Avatar image for perfect_10
Edited By Perfect 10

i dont think anything about this other than: AMETHYST!!!! when i saw this last week in my comics was super excited. maybe the cat is teekl but honestly didnt pay attention to it, sometimes a cat's just a cat

Avatar image for samuel_simmons
Posted By Samuel_Simmons

@dondave said:

I doubt it's Aquaman, but rather Sea King

Sea Kings armor is purple, not orange

Avatar image for jonny_anonymous
Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave said:

I doubt it's Aquaman, but rather Sea King

I don't think so since Aquaman and Swamp Thing will be having a crossover

Avatar image for kidchipotle
Edited By kidchipotle

Here's my speculation: Weekly series #3.

Avatar image for MadeinBangladesh
Edited By MadeinBangladesh

I hope DC dark titles get better after FOREVER EVIL is over.

And DC needs to use QUESTION better!!!!!!!

Avatar image for al_capown
Posted By Al_capOWN

Isn't that cat the one from animal man? and who is that woman between deadman and etrigan behind nightmare nurse and frankenstein?…

Capucine??

  • 80 results
  • 1
  • 2