Justice League Dark #7

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 16, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 45
8.9Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

First rule of magic: things can always get worse! Man-Bat learns that the hard way when he plays narrator and chronicles the nightmarish menagerie known as the Otherkind-horrific, monstrous entities such as "the Soup," "the Rip" and "the Offspring"-that burst through the Sphere of Gods and invaded Earth. The JLD soon realize they're no match for an invading horde of hellspawn, and to have any kind of chance, they'll have to go down a darker path. But how much darker can this team get before they become monsters themselves?

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 16, 2019

    As always, Justice League Dark continues to be one of my favorite reads. Its a special blend of excellent characterization, fresh ideas and gorgeous art. While this issue was a one-off, its a great reminder of why this book continues to be so special. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 16, 2019

    Given how naturally the mainstream Justice League and Justice League Odyssey books seem to dovetail, given their shared interest in sci-fi and space, it'd be easy to overlook Justice League Dark - but if this issue is any indication, that would be a big mistake. Tynion seems to be gearing up for a monster sophomore arc, and is expanding his cast to match, making this story feel inherently weightier and full of potential. What other denizens of the dark can Tynion conjure up? And what other atrocities can the Otherkind commit in order to make their bones as frightening villains? It only feels like Justice League Dark is warming up - which might be a bad place for our heroes, but is a superb place for their readership. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 18, 2019

    A perfect jumping on issue for new readers, or anyone who enjoys horror. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Feb 13, 2019

    While I am finding Justice League Odyssey intriguing, and Justice League a heck of a lot of fun, both books are blown out of the water by Justice League Dark. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Mike Bedard Jan 16, 2019

    The stories themselves are all unique, terrifying, and weird in their own special ways. I love how the team isn't resting on their laurels and continues to put together new, interesting monsters that will terrify your nightmares. My favorite is in The Conjoined story when we actually see the conjoined. They spend a full page building it up, and it does not disappoint. The panel I'm talking about looks like a Renaissance painting made by Slender Man. It's horrific and fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Holden Jan 16, 2019

    Justice League Dark #7 masterfully introduces The Upside-Down Mans cadre of villainous cohorts, presenting the evil Otherkind in a manner both memorable and menacing. In the issues penultimate tale, Wonder Woman remarks to Frankenstein(s Monster), There is power in stories, particularly the ones whispered in the dark. The more people believe in these creatures, the harder it will be to get rid of them. Much to her chagrin, this issue succeeds in giving power to The Otherkind, providing the characters with compelling starts, and imbuing the audience with a desire to see more of them, which is something she and the rest of Justice League Dark, should truly fear. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jan 16, 2019

    I cannot wait to go out and grab a physical copy of this issue. In fact, thanks to the Kelley Jones alternate cover, I may even break the habit of a lifetime and buy two copies. In all seriousness this book is a joy to read every single month, and I absolutely love it. If you've held back on getting this series because of the crossover just three issues in, I strongly urge you to reconsider. James Tynion's Wonder Woman is exactly like the one depicted in her own title, and the rest of the Justice League Dark characters are great. Finding out who Kirk is talking to, and the ending to the issue are moments of dark joy. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 16, 2019

    The pace of the story is entertaining as well. The issue is broken up into four separate stories with one overarching theme and it is done extremely well. Each story builds on the tension of the previous one and the horror of the stories are punctuated by some amazing art by Alvaro Martinez Bueno. This is a great issue and I cant wait to see where this story goes and what happens next for this team. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Amit Malaviya Jan 22, 2019

    Justice League Dark is, simply put, masterful storytelling at its best. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 16, 2019

    Tynion and Martinez Bueno stepping onto this book after their long run on Detective Comics may have seemed like an odd fit, but creatively it's turning into one of the best decisions DC has made in a while. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Jan 24, 2019

    In the end, Justice League Dark #7 is probably my favourite issue so far due to the well-written elements of this story, exploration of the darker side of the DCU plus the truly beautiful art of Alvaro Martnez Bueno who creates a very dynamic and supernatural tale from start to finish and his pencils perfectly accompany the writer. All in all, another stunning issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jan 16, 2019

    An EC Comics-style anthology of creepy stories involving the Otherkind, and the real surprise here is that they're genuinely creepy. Anyone curious about the book can check out this issue without reading any previous, and I recommend that you do. This book is right in the wheelhouse of fans who like horror and DC Universe magic stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 16, 2019

    Justice League Dark #7 is yet another issue which cements JLD as one of the go-to books for a rush of horror from DC. This creative team taps into everything nightmarish about the Otherkind and lets it loose within these pages. If you thought the Upside-Down Man was the scariest sight to come across, then you were gravely mistaken. Or maybe you were treated to something wonderful if horror is your cup of tea? Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jan 16, 2019

    This was a great issue of Justice League Dark. I loved that it leaned heavily on the more horror themes. It felt right out of something like Tales from the Crypt or other golden age horror comics, while still driving an ongoing story. The whole creative team did a fantastic job throughout the issue. Justice League Dark #7 is well told, laid out, and plotted. The art team does a superb job of keeping the creepiness of the series throughout each page and the book looks great. This also seems like a pretty solid jumping-on point for new readers. Maybe not the greatest, but it is a solid starting point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jan 16, 2019

    All in all, this interlude feels like an interlude. We get a much broader glimpse of the stakes and we spend a little more personal time with Man-Bat, who has appropriately been mostly an observer in the Justice League Dark series thus far. There's no doubt that Tynion IV and Martnez Bueno are having fun, and I'm looking forward to their arc and a little more direction about what the team has to do to confront the Otherkind. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Jan 16, 2019

    If you happen to be looking for a comic that will scare the daylights out of you, this one is it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Jan 16, 2019

    One of the scariest and most entertaining issues yet,Justice League Dark #7 is a great take on the classic horror comic that could serve to be a little less wordy. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jan 16, 2019

    Justice League Dark #7 manages to entertain and is certainly worth looking at, but it doesn't do much for the overall story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Jan 18, 2019

    This is a decent issue between arcs. The next arc is about the Lords of Order. So, I am pretty excited about what is to come. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Jan 16, 2019

    This was a disappointing issue from a plotting standpoint. Tynion's experimentation simply didn't pan out, but the entire art team, from the penciller to the inker, did a fantastic job. Read Full Review

  • 10
    cincyfan Apr 13, 2021

    This book continues to be brilliant. The writing is amazing so is the artwork. I am fully invested in this story I can't say enough about James tynion I love his writing style he is without a doubt my favorite writer right now

  • 10
    Miracleman92 Dec 6, 2020

    Best issue yet! This story narrated by Dr. Langstrom is basically a love letter to H.P. Lovecraft. JLD is beginning to rival Immortal Hulk for best Superhero-Horror comic.

  • 10
    I Review Comics Nov 25, 2020

    I'm a big fan of classic horror magazines like Erie, Creepy, and Tales from the Crypt. Justice League Dark #7 is the first mainstream comic I've seen that takes the horror format from those comics and applies them to a mainstream book.

    The comic is framed around Man-Bat who acts as the host of the comic. He's been my least favorite member of the team so far and hasn't had much to do to this point in the series. Langstrom (Man-bat) details several JLD casefiles involving their investigation into "The Other Kind". The stories are all creepy and end with a bit similar to the aforementioned horror magazines.

    It's a lot of fun and one of the more imaginative comics I've read in a while. I reviewed JLD #6 and this issue do more

  • 10
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    I quite enjoyed this, yes indeed.

  • 10
    Bat-Sharkrepellent? Mar 14, 2019

    This series has been my favourite comic series of the year. It never ceases to amaze me, and is extraordinary. I highly suggest picking up this series. Also, this comic was a nice nudge to Tales from the Crypt.

  • 10
    ohhaimark Jan 18, 2019


    -The anthology format for this issue was perfect. It made this the best issue of the series and the best issue of any team-related book I have read in a very, very, very long time.

    -I absolutely loved the art. If there's anything the last two issues made me realize, it's that Alvaro Martinez is just a magnificent person, in terms of artistic talent. He really makes this book work the way it does.

    -I thought the introduction to this issue was great.

    -"The Soup" was a story with a great premise and executed to brilliance. Also, my favorite of the four stories.

    -I absolutely love all of the body horror elements of this issue. I can't say enough about them and this issue as a more

  • 10
    Samuel Almeida Jan 16, 2019

    JLD only gets better every single month. EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH! This issue was probably the best of the series so far, if not, definitely top 2.
    My favorite part was the I... Vampire story! That shit was terrifying to see but awesome to read!

    Seriously. If you like old school horror comics and havent read this issue of JLD yet, just go for it!

  • 10
    JordanT4021 Jan 16, 2019

    Without a doubt, the best issue of the series so far.

    It’s an extremely dark and scary chapter for JLD, with a genuinely creepy atmosphere. I couldn’t help but think of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman at times. The fourth wall breaks are brilliant and especially unnerving: don’t tell the stories or the other kind will come. More of the much loved cameos from the DC world of magic as well, which is always welcome.

    I really hope they can continue raising the bar like this.

  • 10
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 16, 2019

    This issue was wonderful. Each story worked incredibly well, and this was a nice horrific done-in-one. Probably my favorite issue of the series so far, it just leaned straight into horror. And we got to see The First of the Fallen! That's exciting. Even though it wouldn't really make sense given the story, I so wish it could've been Constantine that confronted him. That would've been great. But what we got worked too.

  • 9.5
    rayonymous Sep 5, 2019

    I think it must be evident by now that James Tynion IV does a pretty good job at writing JLD than what he does in JL along with Scott Snyder, now I didn't mean his work in JL is bad it's just he really gets myth and lore. This one's a good example, consisting four well told terrifying stories that shows entities ravaging heroes, villains and oddballs alike. Brilliant storytelling given authenticity by otherworldly art, pun intended. It's fascinating, the situation Zatara and Sargon are trapped in as they attempt to send a message through the Ruby of Life, the more the elements are involved the more it gets interesting.

  • 8.5
    Simon DelMonte Jan 17, 2019

    Half a point off for this issue not exactly advancing the plot. But otherwise a tour de force of storytelling in a jugular vein.

  • 7.5
    egonnn244 Jan 18, 2019

    "Join... us"

    Poor Lucifer. Seems like not everyone can snap their fingers and turn their troubles into dust.

    This issue is a bit of a filler, but it also serves as a setup for the events to come and is wordy, really really wordy.
    Throughout it, we are treated to a chronicle of a sort, with Kirk Langstrom serving as our narrator, showing us different horrors the Otherkind had unleashed upon the world. It's not looking good for the heroes. The monsters are terrifying and seemingly unstoppable. I'm really anxious to see just how Wonder Woman and the rest will deal with this and what exactly is Zatanna's part in it.

    The writing is as always good and the narration really sets the vibe of this great looming more

  • 5.5
    waltgator93 Jan 16, 2019

    Confusing! Best to describe this issue is confusing.

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