Justice League Dark #9

Justice League Dark #9

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 23, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 2
8.3Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

New series writer JEFF LEMIRE introduces a new team roster and a new mission! Featuring JOHN CONSTANTINE, ZATANNA, DEADMAN, BLACK ORCHID and more! Constantine and the team must steal a map to the source of all magic out of the clutches of FELIX FAUST! The first of a four-part story that will have lasting implications for the entire DC Universe.

  • 10
    Examiner - Michael Seigler May 23, 2012

    Speaking of looking excellent, it deserves special mention that Mikel Janin is back in action on the book after a 2-month hiatus. If this man isn't regarded soon as a superstar artist and a rising star of comicdom, then there is officially no justice in this world. His beautiful interiors are all that's kept me going on the book through the rough period, and now that we've got a bitchin' story to go along with it, the art seems to soar to even greater heights. JL Dark and Aquaman have long been the two prettiest books in the relaunch. Now, thanks to Jeff Lemire, Dark may soon be able to count itself among the best books in the relaunch as well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle May 24, 2012

    Of course, the return of Mikel Janin is almost as exciting as that fast paced story. Yet again, Janin kills this book in every frame on every page. It doesn't matter if he's drawing Steve Trevor and John Constantine having a chat, Andrew Bennett shifting from humanoid vampire into a werewolf, or a truly creepy-ugly Felix Faust, his art is dynamic and exciting in every shot. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 7, 2013

    This was a brilliant issue, and I'm very happy that I've started to get this series. It's very fun, exciting, and full of action, and Lemire handles that dark magical elements of the book perfectly, giving us something that both enjoyable, and mysterious. I would easily recommend this issue, and look forward to reading more of the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson May 26, 2012

    Well, it turns out that in defeating Felix Faust, the JLD would also be able to retrieve a mystical artifact lost to the government before it turned up in Faust's hands. After a cunning sleight-of-hand maneuver, Faust is defeated and the team takes a look at the real focus of their trip: the map to the ancient Books of Magic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal May 29, 2012

    If you passed on Justice League Dark initially, give it another chance. Lemire and company have it solidly on track to be one of DC's best books going forward. It's a great time to jump on and enjoy the darker side of the new DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 23, 2012

    Mikel Janin remains on board as regular artist, which definitely helps smooth the transition. At his best, Janin delivers some of the most amazing moody and detailed work you'll find in a DC book. That level of detail doesn't remain consistent, however, and late in the issue the figures become annoyingly stiff and muddled. But for the most part, this issue looks as good as it reads. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Tim Vinton May 28, 2012

    When all is said and done, if Justice League Dark has to end, I am certainly glad it gets to end like this. There are definite problems in the writing and art both, but they are middling in comparison to what this book gets right. After the festival of bland that was the previous story arc, Lemire and Janin's combined effort makes it even harder to say good bye to my personal favorite of the New 52. Of course, we still have one book to go before the end. If it manages to be even better than this one, then I think we'll have something to truly remember. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker May 24, 2012

    Overall, it's a pretty good new start, and Lemire has more than earned our trust that he'll be doing very cool things with the Justice League Dark - a name he actually introduces in this issue, and a name to which Constantine reacts very badly. That's fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson May 25, 2012

    "Justice League Dark," from the beginning, has been one of the new DCU books I was most excited for and most wanted to like, but it never quite hung together right. It's good to see that DC realized they had a great concept and great characters and made a few tweaks rather than canceling the title outright or doing a complete overhaul. So far just changing out the writer has given the book a new look and feel, and a direction I'm excited to see play out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 25, 2012

    Justice League Dark #9 is surprisingly good, channeling both classic superhero comics and the Vertigo mystique into a coherent agglomeration, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. This is as good an issue of this comic as I've seen so far" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 28, 2012

    It seems fitting that I repeat a statement I made on another Justice League title and say that this is what the series should've been from the very start. Let's hope it doesn't come too late. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff May 25, 2012

    While I was reading the issue I stopped for a second, turned to my girlfriend, and told her “Jeff Lemire has delivered exactly what I've been wanting from this series since issue #1.” It doesn't mean too much to her given that she doesn't read JLD, but I think she got the idea that this meant it was a really great issue to me. Plus, I had a really excited reaction to the last page reveal/teaser that makes me really excited for what's going to come in the following months. Lemire may have had to leave Frankenstein for this book, but I think it's well worth the sacrifice, and this series is definitely going to be one of the best from DC as we go forth. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gilbert Short May 24, 2012

    If you were looking for a different sort of super-hero title from DC, this is certainly one of the stronger titles that features lesser known heroes and one of the more promising plots out there. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin May 26, 2012

    There are some moments that are a bit of a slog to get through, but as I said, it's clear that Lemire is bringing his signature great ideas to this comic. With so much exposition out of the way, I imagine we'll get a lot more of the good bits in the coming issues. I know I'll be giving them a look to see what comes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 26, 2012

    Under Jeff Lemire, this book could be the title it should be. Justice League Dark #9 is a fun and intriguing look at the possibilities lying in the dark. Read Full Review

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