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"Justice League Dark #13" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics


Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Mark Buckingham and Daniel Sampere
Inked by Mick Gray and Juan Albarran
Colored by Adriano Lucas
Lettered by Rob Leigh
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 24th, 2019


There's no rest for the wicked. The Justice League Dark may have survived the recent brush with the Lords of Order, but not without a price. Magic is broken and this team has to find something to at least hold together what's left with all the threats approaching. This issue serves as an epilogue to the recent arc, checking in on a number of characters as they grapple with what they've been through and where they could possibly go next.

There's a definite feeling of dread throughout Justice League Dark #13. These characters have been through a lot lately and they've sacrificed quite a bit. Kent, the last person to wear the Helmet of Fate is in a particularly rough patch. He wants to help, however he can't bring himself to wear the Helmet again. If he puts that on his head, there's no telling what he'll lose this time. It's already taken over his body for ages and destroyed his family, not to mention playing a hand in magic's destruction. There's a tremendous burden on this poor man.

We get a glimpse into his origin, finding the imprisoned Nabu in the Valley of Ur years ago as he traveled with his father. It's a tragic tale that is gorgeously illustrated by Mark Buckingham. The art style used is perfect for the flashback, as it has a classic look and feel to it, harkening back to a simpler time in the life of Kent and the DC Universe as a whole.

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The young, naive Kent contrasts well with the gristled old man he's become. Inker Mick Gray highlights the weight that he's been carrying around with some course lines on his face. The light given off from the Helmet of Fate makes for some nice shadows, creating a gloomy tone. It's clear that although Fate has been sidelined, he's not out of the game yet. He's still very much a threat.

Colorist Adriano Lucas makes this light crackle on the page, filling the scene with a startling yet unsettling energy. You can't deny the power within the Helmet of Fate, but it's a dangerous strength that could destroy everything if unleashed. There's a definite foreboding mood here.

The second chapter shifts the focus to John Constantine and Zatanna as the two argue in the Oblivion Bar. Writer James Tynion IV provides an interesting perspective for both characters. They know each other so well, although some secrets have been revealed that have changed this relationship considerably.

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What stands out here is how Constantine wants to do good but breaks everything he touches. Artist Daniel Sampere brings out a tremendously sad face for the character, with a look of deep reflection in the eyes. If it was up to him, he'd crawl into a bottle and never come out, but Zatanna isn't letting him off that easy. She's going to hold him accountable for his actions and that's just one of the reasons I'm a big fan of this character.

Justice League Dark has moved from one epic storyline to the next. This issue gives us a moment to catch our breath before diving into the Year of the Villain, which is shaping up to hit this team pretty hard. They've already been through some tough trials and tribulations, so I can only imagine what's in store for us next. This is what we get when we explore the darker side of the DC Universe.


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Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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