Justice League Dark Annual #1

Writer: James Tynion IV, Ram V Artist: Guillem March Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 31, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 28
8.5Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Swamp Thing takes center stage in this one-of-a-kind story that will change the Green forever! After the fall of the Parliament of Trees, the Parliament of Flowers and its new guardian have risen. It's now up to Alec Holland to convince him to become a benevolent protector of the world, but little does he know, a foe from his past, the Floronic Man, is trying to sway the guardian as well. Which path will the King of Petals choose? The fate of mankind depends on it!

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jul 31, 2019

    The issue stands up by itself, it continues the story from the ongoing series, and is a beautiful tribute to Swamp Thing. This is a comic-book that will be treasured by the character's fans for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Aaron Phillips Jul 31, 2019

    The panel design and the lettering are extraordinary. Leigh is able to encapsulate so many different voices, added with it the elements, and sounds of nature, that they flow from the page as if they were growing themselves. Needless to say, it's superbly crafted, and what I assume is meant to be a one-shot story, is deserving of more than just one. If you're a fan of Swamp Thing, this should be an easy pick-up and an enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Dec 1, 2021

    Justice League Dark Annual #1 fills in some blanks from the back-up while also giving readers more information on the central menace of the story. V and Watters do a phenomenal job with the writing in this comic, and it begs the question: why can't the JLD have an ongoing? Mittens and Fajardo Jr. knock the art out of the park. The writing and art are outstanding, and this book is such a treat. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 31, 2019

    Annuals are always kind of a toss-up as they tend to have fill-in creators, but the Justice League Dark annual was every bit of the same high level of quality readers have come to expect from the regular title. If you're a fan don't miss this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jul 31, 2019

    As an interlude between arcs, this is an exciting one-shot that deserves to be read on its own merits and a must-buy for anyone invested in the Justice League Dark. It's certainly not conventional, but it provides an experience unlike any other. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 31, 2019

    Ram V joins James Tynion IV on this oversized one-shot ,Justice League Dark Annual #1, and it doesn't miss a beat from the regular Justice League Dark series when it comes to plunging us into the DCU's worst nightmares. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Aug 2, 2019

    Its a bit of a low key story, and gently paced. That makes the resolution all the more effective. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Jul 31, 2019

    Fans of Swamp Thing will have a great time with this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 31, 2019

    Guillem March's art is excellent. All of the characters look amazing, but there is great attention given to the vegetation and flowers for obvious reasons. March makes them look beautifully detailed and vibrant. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Aug 1, 2019

    Justice League Dark Annual #1 is everything a Swamp Thing tale should be, and though perhaps an unfortunate portent for the JLD, a very promising offer indeed for readers. Whether you’ve been a die-hard fan or have just been curious, this is an excellent place to jump on board. The art is stunning and the storytelling full of wistful sadness. This annual has all the rich emotional beats of classic Gothic horror and the gorgeous visuals to match, and whether as a stand-alone issue or an introduction to the full series, won’t leave you disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Jul 31, 2019

    I have to say the art in this issue is wonderful, especially regarding the new King of Petals himself, who is equal parts creepy and beautiful as depicted by artist Guillem March and colorist Arif Prianto. The art direction of the issue as a whole is rather gorgeous, with ornate layouts (particularly around the flashbacks of the King of Petals's past life) and panel compositions. Rob Leigh's letters also deserve a mention, as there are frequently lots of them, sometimes even broken down into paragraphs on the page beside images. It's certainly a dense read that will take you some time to get through. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Jul 31, 2019

    Justice League Dark Annual #1 is a story worthy of your investment. This was the last stone left unturned from the initial attack from the Otherkind, and it has a strong connection to the set-up put in motion for the Year of the Villain event. This annual also reminds us that fixing the world of magic goes beyond what is written in the books. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Aug 1, 2019

    Carried along by an undercurrent of sorrow, Ram V's scripting of the story he and Tynion IV co-wrote deals with how the new guardian gradually comes to terms with the limits of their new powers, unaware that their transformation cements there is no going back to the way things were. Any moments of hope that occur become consumed by the realization that they're not built to last. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 2, 2019

    Fans of Swamp Thing would do well to check this one out, despite the issues with the art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Indiana “Indy” Marlow Aug 2, 2019

    The Justice League Dark annual provides some great progression to the main ongoing story while still functioning as a standalone Swamp Thing story in its own right. Definitely one for anybody looking for a jumping-on point for the team, complete with some extra little teases of whats to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 31, 2019

    While a bit over-written in my mind, this issue was still enjoyable for what it lays out and sets up for things to come.  The art was gruesomely lovely, while the story made the supernatural feel more human.  Yeah, I'd like more answers to the things going on in the world of magic, but this was a fine annual with the small progressions it gave us and I look forward to the stories that come out of it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Aug 5, 2019

    "Justice League Dark: Annual" #1 features a thrilling, creative expansion to the Swamp Thing property undercut by a script littered with unnecessary dialogue and captions. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Jul 31, 2019

    It misses a few too many marks to be the great oversized issue is was hyped up to be. Read Full Review

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