Justice League Dark #3

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 26, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 30
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8.9User Rating

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Wonder Woman! Swamp Thing! Zatanna! Man-Bat! Um...Detective Chimp! The JL Dark team may not be strong or deep enough to stop the omnipotent Upside-Down Man from taking over our entire plane of existence. UDM takes the JLD apart one by one, but Wonder Woman might have enough mojo to keep everyone alive. Turns out Diana had a power not even she knew about that bursts to the surface, but will it be enough to turn the Upside-Down Man on his head, or is it just a lot of mystical mumbo jumbo?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Sep 27, 2018

    Tynion is doing amazing things with the magical DC Universe and the horror comic genre. This series is my favorite thing DC is putting out right now and I can't wait to see how it continues. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Sep 26, 2018

    The most chilling issue of Justice League Dark to date! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Sep 27, 2018

    Though the story does reach a resolution, there is a lot of groundwork that has been laid in these first three issues, an awful lot to explore and develop. I really hope this book is enough of a success to see the concepts get mined to their fullest extent. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Mike Bedard Sep 26, 2018

    It's clear this is just the beginning, so if you aren't currently caught up on Justice League Dark, this is a great time to get started. Wonder Woman has a far larger role in this than I was anticipating, so even if you're only a fan of hers, this storyline is right up your alley, provided you have the stomach for it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Sep 28, 2018

    This issue's villain isn't the only one with an appetite. "The Last Age Of Magic" was just the appetizer; a tantalizing and delicious entree, if you will. "The Witching Hour" which begins next issue, promises to be the main course. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Oct 14, 2018

    DC Comics has been creating this solid corner of horror within its universe and I could not be happier. Justice League Dark is a fantastic addition to it and it's just getting started. The Upside-Down Man alone is worth the price of admission for this first brief arc. Seriously, that guy is going to be haunting my dreams for a while. It's like if a tongue had teeth. Ugh. Anyway, Justice League Dark is diving into the supernatural with an awesome mix of characters, solid action, and jaw-dropping artwork. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Sep 26, 2018

    Although hesitant at first, I'm completely sold on a Tynion IV-helmed Justice League Dark book, and this title is definitely on you need to have on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Amit Malaviya Oct 3, 2018

    Though it's the conclusion of an arc, it's clearly only the beginning for Tynion, who seems to have plans for each of the characters and has deftly sown the seeds for those plans. Well-written, beautifully illustrated, with a great blend of horror, action, and humor, this is book comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 26, 2018

    Justice League Dark feels incredibly fresh with Tynion introducing and exploring many fascinating topics and adversaries. Issue 3 continues to be spellbinding and one of the weeks best reads. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Sequential Planet - Chris Terry Sep 26, 2018

    Issue #3 has just set the bar high for the series. If it can continue at this level, then DC will have a lot happy fans out there. This receives my highest recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 26, 2018

    The best Justice League title in years is James Tynion's unique horror-based adventure, which perfectly blends a-list and c-list heroes to uncover the dark magical history of the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Sep 26, 2018

    As this arc ends, you'll want to catch up and get ready for the tricks that Tynion has up his sleeves. It is a wonderfully inventive book with a lot of heart that is a pleasure to experience. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Luis Cruz Sep 27, 2018

    And just like that the Justice League Dark have fallen. If this is what's to come I'm afraid that The Originals of magic will take magic back and bring horrors to Earth that no one has ever seen. Writer James Tynion IV was night lying. The Upside Down Man is the "scariest damn villain". I've never seen such a team get wasted so fast in all my life. These are not upcoming new heroes, these are veterans, and their damn good at what they do, but they just got shrugged off like a child bothering his older brother. Readers should not miss out on this epic conclusion of Justice League Dark. Where the League goes from here now, only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Sep 26, 2018

    I like magic. I like Diana and Zatanna. To see how Justice League Dark #3 unfolds is a spectacle. I was already sold from the first issue, but now Im invested. The developments from this story should hopefully have a lasting impact on the DCU, and its great to see classic characters, but also a new understanding of who they are. Moving forward, I think this series can be monumental for cementing a major aspect of DC Comics and helping us understand why its important. Im excited for what comes next and everything that we will get to see unfold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Daniel Cheeseman Sep 28, 2018

    ‘The Last Age of Magic' concludes within only three issues and, thanks to Tynion's tight writing, we've already met the heroes, we've got to know some of them better, we've been educated about the world of magic in the DC Multiverse (but not so much as to bore us with unnecessary detail), we've encountered a memorable new villain, we've been thrilled by some awesome action, and we've witnessed the set-up for the next arc. There's no filler here; it's all magic. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Sep 26, 2018

    Justice League Dark #3 was the complete package of what you get when you mix magic with the stuff of nightmares. Magic in essence is bending reality to your will, and there was no better villain to take advantage of that meaning than the Upside-Down Man. He did not fail to make his presence known, and I hope this isn't the last we see of him. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Impulse Gamer - admin Sep 27, 2018

    So while we get some more answers, there's plenty of more questions needing resolution but all in all, Justice League Dark is headed in an interesting direction… just don't bench Kent Nelson after his 2016 return James or make him the new Nabu for Khalid Nassour. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 26, 2018

    It was a well done conclusion that leaves the door open for some even better stories to be told in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 26, 2018

    A strong third issue due to a major reveal about Wonder Woman and the introduction of a new villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Sep 26, 2018

    Hold on to your teddy bears, this issue might give you the heebie-jeebies. Everything fans of DC's line of "dark" characters is on full display here, and there is even a moment of uncertainty. I hadn't felt that while reading a comic for some time! If you're curious about the seedy magic side of the DC Universe, then here's the book you can use to bone up. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Oct 1, 2018

    "Justice League Dark" #3 is a creepy, strongly written and drawn conclusion to the eventful "The Last Age of Magic" storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Sep 26, 2018

    The story ended, or rather didn't, very abruptly but this is one of the most gorgeous stories of the year. Do yourself a favour and pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Sep 28, 2018

    Justice League Dark is definitely worth it. This story is only going to get better as time moves along. Jump on the bandwagon now before it is too late! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Indiana “Indy” Marlow Sep 26, 2018

    It felt like a bit of a gamble at first, but it works so well to deliver what has clearly been an incredibly well thought out story, and one that will keep any fans of the last incarnation of the JLD happy. It keeps throwing curveballs at the reader to keep them on their toes, while dropping huge storyline bombs along the way. Ive been purposefully vague about these bombs so as not to spoil them, but its also partially because theres still so much left unknown about this new and terrifying threat. A villain whose aura is on par with the unsettling feeling I got reading the Batman Who Laughs. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Word Of The Nerd - Edgar O'Neill-Figueroa Sep 27, 2018

    Justice League Dark #3 is a good book. Despite this issue not making full use of its cast of characters is does a fantastic job of setting up what's to come. Which I can only hope is more adventures while putting the team in the forefront. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Samuel Almeida Sep 26, 2018

    Another month, another awesome JLD issue! The Upside-Down Man is terrifying and im happy to read the development of this team's stories every month! And what is this art! Every panel is just Freaking gorgeous!!!

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  • 9.0
    Nihilist Sep 27, 2018

    This is, most likely, the best issue from the series you've seen so far. It's tense, the villain is interesting, terrifying and unpredictable, and each character has their purpose - bigger or smaller.
    I truly enjoy the mystery our heroes face. Magic can truly be horrifying, the more, the less of its rules we comprehend. That's what H.P. Lovecraft captured once, by saying "the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown". We don't understand this kind of magic, nor the nature of the Upside Down Man, making them so much more entertaining.

    Still not a fan of Zatanna's braid, though. It has to go.

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  • 9.0
    DarePool53 Oct 7, 2018

    Having an absolute blast reading this series.

    Tynion’s intriguing plot is enhanced by the excellent art - combining to create a creepy, atmospheric thrill ride.

    Anyone remotely intrigued should do themselves a favour and give this a try!

  • 8.5
    egon244 Sep 27, 2018

    "We are horror itself"

    I'm just going to say it. The Upside-Down Man is the creepiest thing/being/whateverheis that I recently saw in a comic book. He event beats Batman Who Laughs. And it really seems that JL Dark is no match against him, not even it the slightest.

    This is the conclusion to the opening arc "The Last Age of Magic" and it was a great start. It ends with a twist and promises "magical" ride in the coming issues. This issue also solidified my belief that the team lineup is perfect. Man-Bat or Detective Chimp (I love this guy!) might have seemed like an odd choice at the beginning, but no longer. Sure, not every member is doing as much as Wonder Woman or Zatanna, but no one feels redundant. I wonder if Doct more

  • 7.0
    ohhaimark Sep 29, 2018

    THE GOOD:

    -Alvaro Martinez Bueno's art is great. It is the perfect fit for both Tynion's writing and the tone of the series.

    -The Upside Down Man was a great villain. I have a feeling he will become an instant classic in the world of comic books.

    -Tynion captures the characters (for the most part-see section below) pretty well. No one has had that great of a character arc, and they're nowhere near as good as the characters in his run on Detective Comics, but they're compelling, and have good dialogue.

    -I love the trippiness of this comic. That is what makes it stand out from the other Justice League series, is its weird, unique visual style.

    -I think this series feels really cinematic, more

  • 6.0
    daddyT Sep 27, 2018

    wow, I am shocked to see such high ratings here. for me, it was just a book with Wonder Woman that wasn't bad. it wasn't a compelling plot, there were no moments that made me ooh or ahh or have feelings.

    from a base of 6, this gets a rating of: 6.


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