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"Justice League Dark #22" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics


Story by Ram V & James Tynion IV
Written by Ram V
Illustrated by Alvaro Martinez Bueno & Amancay Nahuelpan
Inked by Raul Fernandez & Amancay Nahuelpan
Colored by June Chung
Lettered by Rob Leigh
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 2nd, 2020


When pure evil threatens to tear the world apart, it's a job for the Justice League Dark. The group is split up to handle the various sides of this battle, but that might not be enough. The Rot has made its presence known, taking over hundreds of innocent people, marching them towards their demise. This requires the Parliaments of not just the Green and the Red, but others as well. That's right, folks. There are more Parliaments than you can shake a stick at and they're all needed to stop this threat.

Justice League Dark #22 introduces some pretty big concepts with a ton of potential. It was easy to understand the Red (animal life) and the Green (plant life), not to mention how they stood against the Rot (Death). With these other Parliaments introduced, we dig deeper into the fundamental nature of what makes this world tick and how this team is connected to it. Writer Ram V has some great ideas to play with here.

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Since this battle is being fought on multiple fronts, we're getting a few different perspectives. The artwork is split up between Alvaro Martinez Bueno and Amancay Nahuelpan, although I don't know who handled which pages, as they're not credited that way. All of the artwork is pretty solid, so there are no complaints here. Bueno is also aided by inks by Raul Fernandez.

The standout in Justice League Dark #22 comes when John Constantine reaches Abigail Arcane. He has to wake her up from a dream and save her from the Rot. This leads to some pretty trippy scenes as reality shifts around them. The images shift from their fully colored forms to only the pencils and inks. This is a brilliant effect that can only be done in this medium.

The Rot-infected beings are hideous with disturbing growths forming all over their body. At the heart of it all is Anton Arcane, appearing like a strong zombie ready to eat your brains at a moment's notice. He's shown in a disgusting grey shade. Colorist June Chung really nails the undead quality of the character.

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This is just part of the adventure in Justice League Dark. Animal Man is negotiating with bacteria and Dr. Fate is seeking help of the elements. This piece can be a lot to take in as we're dealing with some rather heady concepts. This is also rather exposition heavy, so it kills some momentum, because we are moving quickly with the other aspects of the story. Letterer Rob Leigh guides us through these big ideas despite the bulky text.

Justice League Dark is swinging for the rafters here, bringing in some major new concepts that can have big ramifications for the DC Universe at large. It's funny to think that the likes of Superman and the Flash are dealing with villains in brightly colored costumes, but none of that will matter if the forces of life itself revolt against them all. When you have to fight the very idea of Death, you know it's a big deal.


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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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