Justice League Dark #9 Review

Writer: James Tynion IV
Pencillers: Alvaro Martinez Bueno & Miguel Mendonca
Inkers: Raul Fernandez & Mendonca
Colorist: Brad Anderson

The latest issue of Justice League Dark feels like a chess move. A few pieces get moved around, but there’s no substantial change in the game. Bobo and crew learn Doctor Fate is now evil, and he has a posse of wizards who all center around magical artifacts. My personal favorite is The Boots of Dalphi because those kicks are straight fire.

Meanwhile, Wonder Woman and Zatanna continue their adventure away from their group except now, they get an unannounced visitor. Circe, who has apparently been trapped in 1983 for a while, comes to illuminate some key information for the team. While Circe does seem to have something to mention, that story arc ends abruptly, and we’re back with Bobo.

There’s a piece of dialogue in this issue that really sums up my feeling towards it.

Zatanna: “I don’t like the fact that every step we take feels ordained. Like there’s a greater story here that I’ve only been given pieces of. I don’t have time to be led around by the nose, Circe.”

That’s kind of what it has felt like for a while with Justice League Dark. The reader is getting slowly led by the nose to some greater arc, but we’re not quite there yet. There are pieces of a great story here, but as a reader, I’m still struggling to see how they fit together.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoy some mystery, but at a certain point, I want some immediate gratification. There are always a few weeks between issues, and with no major developments, it can feel as though the story is slogging along. Hopefully some payoffs will come in the near future, and we can get some awesome conclusions to this arc.

Overall Score: 8/10

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