Comic Vine Review


Justice League Dark #18 - The Death of Magic, Part 4: The Last Stand


The Death of Magic story line wraps up here.

This review contains spoilers

The Good

Constantine still can't lie, Xanadu is progressively aging, and Timothy Hunter is leading mystical beings on a war against science.

By far, the best part about this book, during this story, was the art. Mikel Janin (art) and Jeromy Cox (colors) do a stellar job on this issue. It's really the stand-out for the issue as a whole. From start to finish, Janin and Cox's art is beautiful, and it truly stands out in the action sequences, which is the majority of the issue. Cox's colors during these fight scenes are awe inspiring. There's a lot of mystical elements to this sequence and it shines through as magic meets fire and lightning.

By the end of the issue, it seems the world is and will become a bit more aware of the Justice League Dark. In no way are the covert justice league, but they do keep in their own little pocket of the DCU. After they turn down A.R.G.U.S., it seems they may have a new enemy, and therefore, will be a bit more in the spotlight.

I'm a little bummed out with where this ends with Timothy Hunter, but it's for the better. His story comes to a close and this team can move on. Timothy's story, from average boy to powerful magician, throughout this arc, was an interesting one. The character was developed very well, especially in this issue, as he goes to war. Once Timothy realizes the pain and suffering war causes both sides, he no longer wants any part of it. It's something he no longer wants. I really hope it's a character we get to see again in this series.

The Bad

Overall, this hasn't been my favorite story, and I'm glad it is over with. It's a fine introduction to Timothy Hunter, but the war between magic and science just wasn't doing it for me. The things that were at stake didn't really feel at stake. In addition, it felt a bit anti-climactic to me. Lots of good storytelling for almost no payoff. The only thing we get out of this story is that this team refuses to work with A.R.G.U.S. at the end of the story. The whole arc could be plucked from the book and it really wouldn't make any difference.

I'm being a picky jerk about this, but in previous issues, within this story, it's clearly stated that Constantine can't lie. In fact, he's giving away information to the enemy while talking to them instead of not saying it. However, after the team falls towards the Earth. Constantine jokingly says he thinks he sees an angel coming towards him to Black Orchid as Deadman floats towards him. I thought he couldn't lie though and joke or not, it's still a lie. I know it's nit-picky, but it really rubbed me the wrong way.

The Verdict

Even a mediocre issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK is better than any other book with "Justice" in its title. It is still a very good issue, but the ending was a bit of a let down. I'm very excited to continue on with this series though, and Lemire and Fawkes has done a great job with the writing so far. Janin's art is amazing here, and we get treated to some beautiful fight scenes.

Overall, I give this a mild recommendation.