Justice League Dark #1
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Justice League Dark #1

Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 28, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 11
8.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing forces that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. And if those heroes can't handle the job, who will stand against this mystical madness?Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and John Constantine may be our only hope but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat?

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Oct 2, 2011

    Especially after Red Lanterns #1 ended up a flawed (to put it lightly) book that seemed more like an intellectual experiment in resuscitating braindead characters than an enjoyable piece of fiction, I was wondering if Milligan was just resigned to making mainstream comics that lacked the spark that made me want to track down all his classic work. Thankfully, I don't easily give up on a creator because Justice League Dark is as good as its title is awful. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 28, 2011

    The more I thought about this issue and upon a second and third reading, the more I appreciated it and became more enthused about it as I wrote about it. Definitely a solid and worthy book to check out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Oct 4, 2011

    Janin makes everyone he draws beautiful, unless they are from the Justice League. They looked off and not their natural super heroic posture. Yet, on every non super hero scene, Janin rendered a varied and interesting universe. His women minus Wonder Woman are all beautiful. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Leroy Dee Feb 4, 2017

    VerdictThink of this similar to Assault on Arkham, a movie marketed around Batman but has very little to do with Batman. This movie is all about exploring the supernatural side of DC that's often overlooked. For those unfamiliar with these characters they mostly get backstories, which is really the only time the movie ever slows down, but it's a necessary evil to get newer viewers up to speed. You don't however get any origin of Constantine. I suggest you do what I'm about to do and watch the cancelled NBC Constantine series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Oct 20, 2011

    Justice League Dark #1 is a comic based largely around foreshadowing. We see the threads of a plot, and the players are carefully laid out before us, but this is almost entirely set-up. But its written and drawn compellingly enough that Im already invested, and eager to see that story fall into place. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Oct 4, 2011

    The book feels like a horror title, but the members of the traditional League that show up here don't look out of place at all. The pages with Batman are especially good, but Superman and Wonder Woman being attacked by a swarm of teeth is a pretty awesome visual in its own right. Really great book, and I'm happily looking forward to the next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Tim Vinton Oct 1, 2011

    Justice League Dark #1 is a great start to what I hope is going to be one of the best series among the New 52. It remains to be seen how well Milligan can pull all these characters together into one cohesive narrative, but all the elements are there for a great series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 2, 2011

    But it's all off to an interesting start, and I'll give it a few more issues before deciding if the series is a keeper or not. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Sep 28, 2011

    Solid art and good story. I like the fact that the team is given a unique purpose; Milligan answers why a Justice League Dark team is even necessary by depicting Superman's inability to get the situation (The Enchantress) under control. I really enjoyed Madam Xanadu's character in this issue, and it's cool to have the perspective of an all knowing character who can foresee future events as part of the story. Good start to a new book, although it might be hard for new readers who are unfamiliar with many of these characters to grasp the events. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 2, 2011

    Inserting "dark" into the book's title obviously subjects it to a pretty heavy burden, but in this case, Milligan does a good job living up to it. DC has some of the best occult figures in comics; putting them all in the same comic, so far, seems a pretty smart move. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 30, 2011

    It's by exploring these characters as people rather than magicians and monsters that Milligan finds the book's true strength. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Sep 28, 2011

    Justice League Dark #1 is a solid, if ominous opening chapter to this new series. Peter Milligan alludes to some dark turns coming down the road, but he's still playing nearly all his cards close to the chest. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to see his full hand. With the necessary stage-setting out of the way, Justice League Dark should have clearance to push the pedal to the metal from this point forward. And with a team like the one found in this book, there's really no telling how far Milligan and Janin will take them. The potential for Justice League Dark is limitless. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Sep 29, 2011

    While I did mention this is a difficult read, I don't mean that negatively. I mean it in a good way. It's engaging and keeps you on your toes. I don't think we should expect a book with these characters to be terribly linear. It's definitely got me asking the right questions to come back for the next several months. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Jimmy Oct 2, 2011

    Overall the story seems to be going somewhere interesting, and the last page serves as a bit of a shocker, where Madame Xanadu's years of seeing a non-linear timestream have left her a bit rattled, and we see things from her point of view. Janin's art is absolutely gorgeous; DC really has it together with their art in this relaunch. From Manapul's Flash to Lopresti's JLI, Asrar's Supergirl and Basri's Voodoo, there is a very diverse range of artistic styles (Liefeld's Hawk and Dove, anyone?), with MOST of it being really good. I give Justice League Dark four out of five stars; the story is probably closer to a 3.5, but the art really pushes it up a few notches. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 30, 2011

    I may be nitpicking a bit; in most respects, really, this is a strongly-executed comic book. I guess I just felt like I was getting hit with a whirlwind of plot threads that were barely introduced, just as Superman and Wonder Woman are hit with a whirlwind of teeth (?) while trying to reach the source of some magic run amok. And the mere fact that the Justice League sequence felt more integral to the story than anything that the supposed main characters do may be at the heart of my issues here. Once again, the concept of the New 52"and the apparent need to reintegrate the Vertigo characters into the DCU"is getting in the way. Once we can dispense with that business, Justice League Dark (with huge hunks of caramel and nougat) might become something special. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Blair Marnell Oct 1, 2011

    Mikel Janin's art is very strong and his figure work is impressive. His female faces need a little more variety, bit overall Janin's pages stand out as one of the primary draws of this book. There's a lot of potential in Justice League Dark and I'm willing to stick around for a while and see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 30, 2011

    I always had a hard time reading Vertigo titles so I was hesitant to pick this up. I'm glad it did because it was something different that I feel people will enjoy if you are looking for a little variety. The artwork and color are very fitting for this type of story. I'm going to stick around for issue two for sure. Read Full Review

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