Justice League Dark #2

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Alvaro Eduardo, Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 22, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 35 User Reviews: 54
8.7Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Plagued by a rash of otherworldly resurrections, the new JLD team begins scouring the shadowy corners of the DCU looking for leads. Turns out, this latest mystery ties back to the Tree of Wonder, last seen laying down roots in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE-and it bears poisoned fruit to boot. The Tree serves as a doorway from the Realm of Magic to our world, and the Upside Down Man is just the first of many all-powerful mystic entities looking for a new haunt. It's gonna take a major twist of fate for our heroes to get out of this one...

  • 10
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Aug 22, 2018

    All around, Justice League Dark is finding its voice. This issue is superbly cohesive on every level, and that helps to convey important symbols, messages, and elements within the plot. From vital surprises to important connections to continuity, this series is delivering. Im hopeful for what will come next, even if the story is, well Dark. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Amit Malaviya Aug 29, 2018

    An effortless blend of story-telling, mood-setting, and world-building melded with lush, expressive art, Justice League Dark continues to be the best book spinning out of the New Justice line. This one earns the highest of recommendations. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Aug 22, 2018

    A real spine-tingler of a tale that's unafraid to go poking amongst the shadows of the DCU to see what monstrosities lurk within! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Aug 22, 2018

    Be afraid, be very afraid. It's already been prophesied that this new Justice League will either save the Earth, or destroy it. With the shocking betrayal by one of DC's most famous magical characters in this issue the latter is scarily becoming the most likely outcome. To find out who's gone over to the dark side, for more classic John Constantine shenanigans, and for the debut of a villain that's going to turn this series upside down, I have three words for everyone out there. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Mike Bedard Aug 22, 2018

    If you like more macabre stories, then this is for you. While the art's great, the story doesn't slack either. Especially that great twist that will leave you chomping at the bit for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 22, 2018

    This story is a master class in tension and worldbuilding, and is already one of the high points of Tynion and Martinez Bueno's careers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 23, 2018

    The artwork by Alvaro Martinez Bueno and Raul Fernandez continues to impress, showing the same craft and skill seen during their run with Tynion IV on Detective Comics. With Brad Anderson on the colors and Rob Leigh providing the letters, this book is a clear contender for an Eisner next year on every level. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Aug 22, 2018

    This new Justice League Dark series has, thus far, exceeded expectations. This magical tale is soaked in darkness and, surprisingly, some serious horror; Justice League Dark #2 entertains and provides readers with questions and ideas to mull over long after they've finished their reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Aug 23, 2018

    Things are still getting started in this book, but everything indicates that Tynion has put a lot of thought into the characters he is going to use, and how to most effectively play with them. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 22, 2018

    Tynion ends the issue with a creepy cliffhanger and I'm fully expecting this to be the norm from here on out. This book didn't take long to find its groove and is definitely one I'm anticipating each new issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Javier Ruiz Aug 24, 2018

    In JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #2, Tynion develops the end of Magic with a huge twist to Dr. Fate. Alvaro Martinez produces art with flair and realism. Raul Fernandez uses color to give new darkness to tone. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Aug 22, 2018

    Justice League Dark has found its footing. Tynion and Martnez Bueno keep you glued to the current panel, before revealing something exceedingly clever in the next. They are perfectly suited to take you through this tour of the dark, magic-fueled side of the DC universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 22, 2018

    A strong second issue that is jam-packed with entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Aug 22, 2018

    Pick this up confidently. Fans of the magic side of he DCU will enjoy this, as will fans of the individual characters of the book, particularly Wonder Woman and Swamp Thing fans. The art is incredible to say the least and I can’t wait to read more. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 22, 2018

    Bueno's art really accentuates the tone of the story and there are some really vibrant and beautiful visuals in this issue. Every page enhanced the story by giving a great contrast between the beauty and details in the light and great use of shadows. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Aug 22, 2018

    There's one thing I have missed very much about Justice League Dark as a series, and that has been feeling a true sense of terror from the story. These past two issues embrace the dark corner of the universe that this takes place in, and that is a refreshing change of pace from the usual. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Daniel Cheeseman Aug 23, 2018

    A satisfying follow-up to the first issue, Justice League Dark #2 propels the story forward whilst giving the reader a chance to get to know the oddball team better, all against a backdrop of magic and disgusting monstrosities. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Edgar O'Neill-Figueroa Aug 22, 2018

    Justice League Dark continues to be a fun romp with a cast of loveable characters. It has been fun to see the ideas Tynion has for each of the characters and what their individual traits bring to the team. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 24, 2018

    Justice League Dark #2 is another promising installment for James Tynion IVs take on the title. The stakes are high, the characters are engaging, and the pacing has been refreshingly swift. Martinez Bueno, Fernandez, and Anderson each put in top-notch work on the art, and the book earns a recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Holden Oct 11, 2018

    Justice League Dark #2 is expansive in its scope and momentum. It tells an action-packed story meaningful to the overall narratives of both the title and the DC Universe as a whole. Through this issue, James Tynion IV sets the stage for significant character development and exploration of the DCs magical realm moving forward in the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Aug 27, 2018

    Writer James Tynion IV has gone on record in stating that the UPSIDE DOWN MAN is to be the "scariest damn villain" DC has seen in a while, and I believe it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Chino DT Aug 23, 2018

    Far away Swamp Thing is watching the tree of wonder when suddenly he receives the visit of an old friend: John Constantine. Constantine realize that the former being known as Alec Holland is waiting for the coming of dark, unknown and terrifying forces, meanwhile Zatanna and Wonder Woman realize in a surprising way that Kent Nelson is not under Dr. Fate's antique helmet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Dispatchdcu Aug 22, 2018

    As long as Tynion takes the time to explain the origin of magic, as well as the Tree of Wonder, and why magic is all out of whack, readers will be mesmerized by this series, and it's potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Aug 22, 2018

    James Tynion IV's writing continues to be superb and the reluctant bromance between Swamp Thing and Constantine is a welcome sight for any JLD to withhold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Aug 24, 2018

    Tynion has made me a fan of this title, and I cannot wait for issue #3. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Indiana “Indy” Marlow Aug 22, 2018

    Its a true ensemble piece, dripping with Easter Eggs that made my jaw drop as we get to watch the evolution of an unlikely team thrown in at the deep end of another apocalypse. And after this issue, Im waiting with bated breath to see just how our new team is going to make it out of this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Aug 22, 2018

    For anyone that like a little scare in their comics, I fully recommend this read. Once it gets over the hump of exposition, we might be in for a golden age ofJustice League Dark. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 5, 2019

    With a nice subplot that brings Constantine in to deal with Swamp Thing and his retirement plans, there's a lot going on in this book. Langstrom and Bobo are kept to the sidelines with a few gags that land well and this lets the focus be on Diana and from there to others like Zatanna or Swampy as needed. I like the idea that's at the foundation of the story in that the magic is being reclaimed and larger forces are at work that may be incomprehensible. And the use of Nabu and Kent is always welcome as I have such long and fond memories of the characters going back to the 80s. Justice League Dark is a solid book but it's one that really insists on being binge-read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 22, 2018

    A new character brings some clarity to the story, instead of introducing a lot of new, confusing elements. How about that? It's almost like a story to be read sequentially. This issue is visually arresting and should impress everyone on that level. The story is picking up fast, and fans of these characters and the DCU magic trappings will be as happy as a pig turned by Circe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 22, 2018

    By committing to its team dynamic, spooky main plot, and goth-as-hell visual aesthetic, Justice League Dark #2 keeps the fledgling title exciting and entertaining. Tynion, Bueno, Fernandez, and Anderson take all the darkness and weirdness of the DCU magic characters and then add their own personal spin on it, making it feel both new and reverental to other "dark hero" books we have seen from the publisher. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Chris Terry Aug 23, 2018

    Justice League Dark #2 is not as fun as the first issue, but it is setting its roots and adding more characters to the fray. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Sep 30, 2018

    Overall the comic book stands to give it a try and read it. The cast of characters are interesting enough and this is something DC should have been doing storylines that deal with magical characters and the universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Aug 22, 2018

    Another enjoyable issue, although Kent Nelson fans may be annoyed, especially if this story arc returns the helmet to Khalid Nassour. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Aug 23, 2018

    With an eclectic cast of characters locked in a mystery clearly larger than them, "Justice League Dark" #2 is an example of how team books should be structured. While the art takes a few hits when slowing down to the more human members of the book, it truly shines on the supernatural scenarios and otherworldly creatures filling these pages. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Sam Philpot Sep 28, 2018

    By the end, there seemed to be a lot thrown around in this one issue. The story travels from past to present, and, while in the present, it follows the characters as they diverge on their own paths as they dont seem to stay together as a group. This new combination of heroes does seem intriguing, and could offer a different dynamic thatll be exciting to look forward to. Its just the beginning, and theyre definitely fattening up the story for there to be plenty of more to come. Read Full Review

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