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Justice League Dark, Vol. 1: The Last Age of Magic

(Justice League Dark (2018) #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  43 reviews
The new Justice League Dark is here! Led by Wonder Woman this team of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat and Detective Chimp (?) must bring the fight against all supernatural foes too big for the World's Greatest Super Heroes!

From the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE comes writer James Tynion IV's epic new series JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK! Earth's magic once belonged to them. Now
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by DC Comics
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Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, edelweiss
Tynion takes more of a horror approach with this new incarnation of Justice League Dark. The creators of magic are returning from beyond the source wall and are looking to take magic away. Wonder Woman is heading up this new team, playing up her magical roots. The book is the closest thing DC has to a Vertigo comic in the DCU. The villains are creepy and a long time DC character is working with them. It's all done very well. My one complaint is that The Witching Hour story isn't included and it ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc, best-of-2018
I have covered my thoughts on most of this volume in my review of The Witching Hour, but here I'll just say — despite Witching Hour feeling quite rushed, I still am very much enjoying James Tynion's Justice League Dark. It has an awesome cast of some of DC's best and yet criminally overlooked characters, and it works together so well that most of my other complaints feel insignificant. But I'll still say this: Tynion's storytelling here is very dense and there's a lot of buildup to a bigger stor ...more
Wing Kee
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really nice start to the series, sure Witching Hour is not in this book but it's still pretty great.

World: The art is fantastic! The splash pages, the characters, the colors, the action, the art looks gorgeous. The first three issues are way better but this is still a lovely book to look at. The world building is pretty dense and there is a lot of info dumping here but wow do I ever like it. This is a travel into DC's magical realm and all the pieces are here at play and all of it is unified a
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted this to be good, but unfortunately it's not. Here are a few of the problems with this:

Magic isn't working right, magic has a cost, and magic is going to die because of the big bads. This is the exact plot of the recent Dr. Strange books over at Marvel.

Waaaaaaay too much talking, flashbacks, and general digression. Very little action.

The cliché where someone says "They are coming!" just before they die. DC loves to use the ambiguous "they".

Zatanna reads some carvings in some fl
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
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What happens when magic is on the brink of extinction? Fear takes over among those who wield its powers and embrace its existence, death surges from realms that none has ever thought existed and war settles in to test everyone’s fate and determination. Following the aftermath of DC’s latest cosmic event Dark Nights: Metal, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV teamed up to deliver Justice League: No Justice to introduce the latest ramifications of th
Chris Lemmerman
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonder Woman assembles a new team of mystic defenders as a threat from beyond our dimension threatens all of magic, and only she, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat, and Detective Chimp have any chance of stopping them.

I was a big fan of the previous JLD team, and I was thrilled to bits to see the excellent creative team of James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez Bueno transplanting across from their Detective Comics run. This volume's a bit of a hodgepodge, since there are two issues missing in the midd
Shannon Appelcline
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
It's hard at this point to keep track of how much magic superteams DC has failed to launch. The writing on the titles has often been middling to good, but DC can't be trusted to keep them going for much longer than two years ... so why bother?

Anywho, this is the newest attempt, likely to fail in 2020 or so. This time around DC is trying to make it more relevant by starring Wonder Woman. And, if that seems like a weird inclusion for a supernatural comic, author James Tynion IV agrees, and spends
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love weird hodge-podge teams like this.

And, if you're assembling a magic-based Justice League team that is firmly based in the mainstream DC Universe, who better to be the superhero representative than Wonder Woman?

I've been taking a hard pass on most of DC's recent output. In fact, I've pretty much given up on all new comics coming from Marvel and DC in favor of picking up tricked-out collected editions of old favorites or storylines that I regretted missing the first time around. But the
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A solid start to this series. It definitely leans to more of a horror style novel. I felt at times the dialgoue was to heavy. I enjoyed it for what it was but will wait on reviews for the next installment.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Basic Plot: Wonder Woman forms a magickal team to try to save magic from being ripped away from the world by the Otherkind.

Great story, great art. I really like the idea of WW teaming up with some of the magickal characters from the DCU. So far, her team has some really great characters. Who knew that Man Bat could be comedy relief? The bad guys are really creepy looking, too, which is well done.
Will Robinson Jr.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Spectacular! This review is going to be short and sweet. Tynion is coming to this book with a strong run in Detective comics. What he does best is write a ragtag group of heroes without anyone over shadowing each other. Every character shines in this book and the easter eggs to past DC comics lore is done perfectly. I pick up this collection and would not put it down. The artwork and colors are also superb on this book. There are just some panels that are just marvelous to look at and this is ve ...more
Jaclyn Hillis
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This wasn't a graphic novel I would normally pick for myself, but I enjoyed the familiarity of most of the characters and was introduced to some new (to me) ones. The realm of magic in the DC universe seems very complex, so it took me longer than usual to get through these comics.

Thank you NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of these comics.
Jamie Connolly
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not really a 5 star book. More like 3.5 stars. But I’m super excited about the return of the JLD. Off to a good start. I hope they don’t eff it up like they did last time. That’s all I’m saying. 3.5 stars.
Changing my rating of the separate issues to the volume, because I think it's neater this way.
I read this because I was on a Wonder Woman kick at the time and I wanted to read everything she's in it, including this. I don't normally enjoy horror, but I ended up really liking this anyway - I loved the characters, I liked the art and I thought the story was really well-done.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Bizarrely, this volume skips a sort of mini-crossover with Wonder Woman that happens right smack in the middle of the issues collected here. I'm not sure if I'm more annoyed at DC for deciding to collect those issues in a separate volume, or with Tynion for structuring the story that way. From where I sit after finishing this volume, he could have shifted that story later, so there'd be a full volume of issues first and we wouldn't have to skip around.

Anyways. This is a very horror-tinged take o
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I little muddled, but Justice League Dark has always been one of my favorite concepts. Swamp Thing (Alec) and Zatanna have been two of my favorite DC characters and I liked how they were portrayed here. I missed something in the middle - there was a crossover event that must be in the Wonder Woman title that this just basically skips entirely. 🤬😨 Like why would you do that. . . . Anyway that’s why it loses a star.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
First thing I have to say is my major complaints aren’t about the writing or the art, but the set up of the book, issues 1-3 and 4-7, I would rather it be a bigger trade and cost more than to miss an issue. I was weary of the team with Wonder Woman as the lead, seemed like she was going to be out of place, but they mentioned it during the story how they didn’t really like an outsiders in the world of magic. It was also a good surprise that Constantine was in this story, based on the cover and wh ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc
This book is very interesting and I highly recommend you read.
If you like magic things or things like that, I'm sure you'll love this book, and even if you do not like these things, and you love the characters, you should read it.
Excellent writing and beautiful art.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great new installment in a revived series.
Dakota Morgan
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading a few of these post-Dark Nights: Metal books, including the abysmal Justice League Vol. 1: The Totality, I absolutely expected this Justice League Dark volume to be a brilliantly illustrated slog through text boxes. Consider me quite surprised then that The Last Age of Magic is quite pleasant to read! The art is brilliant and the text is dense, as expected, but the majority of it clicks together neatly, and there are actually some terrific character interaction scenes that aren't 1 ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I've always wanted to get into the DC magic stuff, so I jumped at the chance to snatch this from NetGalley.
DC's magic titles have always intrigued me but I've never been able to get in to them. It has been hard to find good hop on points, even in the New 52 era. I'm happy to report that I found Last Days of Magic, to be a great starting point. The characters referenced events from stories I hadn't read, but it was intriguing instead of off-putting. Overall I found this to be a very successful st
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
More like 3.5 stars.

Wonder Woman sets up a new Justice League branch to tackle magical threats, particularly some very nasty things that are coming to destroy all magic and magical beings, and that would potentially end all life on Earth. Her team? Herself, Zatana, Swamp Thing, Detective Chimp, and Man-Bat. And Man-Bat doesn't even use magic.

So, I'm not thrilled with how Tynion writes Wonder Woman, and much of what is happening here seems to be some very powerful magical things walking all over
Lillian Francis
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great artwork and storytelling in equal measure.
This is almost a completely different team to the last JLD I read but I really enjoyed the dynamics here and the introduction of some characters I wasn't overly familiar with. As much as I loved the previous JLD I read, it was very Constantine heavy and felt less like a team book than this one.
The main storyline is quite complex and convoluted and I may need a refresh before reading the next volume, but since rereading this won't be a hardship I d
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, this just hit me at all the right spots. As I rate by my personal enjoyment, that earns five stars. You may or may not enjoy it on your own merits. Technically it's competent, coherent, and has good pacing. However, if you like your magic more fanciful and whimsy than this is not for you.

This is more my kind of magic, where it's wondrous yes...but with that wonder comes an unease. It's not natural, it's powerful, and it comes with a cost. Think more in line with LORD OF ILLUSIONS magic
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Wonder Woman, Bobo - Detective Chimp, Swamp Thing, Zantana, and Manbat are the Justice League Dark. They are tasked with fixing magic. The problem they find is that there is an outside force that is seeking to steal back all the magic and destroy humanity in the process. The art work is very good, the plot is decent DC, but this volume is missing a part (found in a recent Wonder Woman volume), so the story line seems lacking and uneven. But if you are following the current DC story arc, you will ...more
Andy Zell
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I really wanted to like this. I liked Tynion's run on Detective Comics quite a bit. I like many of these characters (Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Wonder Woman, etc.). I like stories about magic. But this was just okay. I'll give it a chance to get better, but it felt less character driven than I was hoping. Lots of action and plot, but not enough of the character moments I crave (and had on Detective Comics).
Max Z
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's New 52 JLD all over again.

With all it's problems. Heroic Constantine is throwing fireballs (once in a second half of the book but once is too much in his case) again, epic events happening (this time it's all magic going wrong for everyone) and supposedly creepy Otherkind is invading. The whole idea of JLD is meh and I don't like Zatanna's new design and face which somehow never look good except on alternate covers by Capullo.
Travis Hartman
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Justice League Dark, Vol. 1: The Last Age of Magic is a tremendously fun book with great artwork. This new team, featuring Wonder Woman, Detective Chimp, Zatana, Man-Bat and Swamp Thing, are a fun grouping and writer James Tynion IV doesn't shy away from the horror aspect. Great start to a new series and I'm on board for what comes next. Recommended.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Disappointing. The team is a cast of established characters with a lot of potential, which is utterly squandered by the story. None of the characters seem quite right, and the dialogue and plot are almost completely without interest.
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Prior to his first professional work, Tynion was a student of Scott Snyder's at Sarah Lawrence College. A few years later, he worked as for Vertigo as Fables editor Shelly Bond's intern. In late 2011, with DC deciding to give Batman (written by Snyder) a back up feature, Tynion was brought in by request of Snyder to script the back ups he had plotted. Tynion would later do the same with the Batman ...more

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