Justice League Dark #22

Event\Storyline: Trinity War Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 24, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 5
7.6Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 3! A member of the Justice League defects to Justice League Dark. But what does Constantine know about this murder that he isnt telling? And what dark secret does one of our Leaguers hold that could turn the tide of this Justice League War?

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 11, 2013

    This was a fantastic issue, and an fantastic continuation to the crossover. It may not have had as much action as the first part, but it made up in excitement with fabulous confrontations, and entertaining interactions. It also had a lot of drama, and mystery to it, with tons of depth as well, keeping me very interested in the further development of the story. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue, as well as the rest of the event, and hope that it has converted some off you into JLD fans. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jul 24, 2013

    Trinity War is awesome. I'm super-pleased with how this event is going. This issue really defines what the title Trinity War means and where it's going. I loved Lemire's and Janin's depiction of Wonder Woman and Superman here. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK continues to be my favorite team book, and the tie-in works so well. I had a couple of minor complaints about The Question and Aquaman's involvement, but aside from that, this was one fantastic issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jul 31, 2013

    Justice League Dark #22 is the best chapter of “Trinity War” yet. It closes out the first act of the event with a grace and elegance not seen in the first two chapters, and the artwork alone makes this issue worth the buy. Every issue of “Trinity War” introduces new ideas that complicate the situation further, butJLD #22 is the first instance where these new concepts felt organic and made sense during the first read-through. I couldn't recommend this issue more highly. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jul 24, 2013

    Halfway through the event and still hurdling forward at breakneck speed, Trinity War is certainly proving its worth as the culmination for nearly two years worth of plot threads and motivations. The most serious downside to this latest chapter? Having to wait three weeks for the next installment in Justice League of America #7 especially after the curious last page revelation in this book. For those who worry that $3.99 is an excessive cost for a 24-page tale, consider the amount of speculation and discussion youll have to engage in coming out of this issue. DC is earning every one of my pennies on this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Jul 24, 2013

    So, there we have it. Another solid issue in a crossover event that majority of comic book fans doubted would even be a fraction of this good. Trinity War is has been phenomenal thus far. Believe the hype. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 30, 2013

    This issue had us all over the place giving us a little more answers and a lot more of our heroes fighting each other, which is sadly half the reason we want the book. Who says that gimmicks are always bad? I loved Mikel Janin's take on the rest of DC heroes, and Jeff Lemire is really making a go at this arc with Geoff Johns. Another great installment to this story arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Jul 25, 2013

    As the Justice League's introduction to this conflict you really see how important magic is and what kind of mysteries it creates. Nothing is as it seems and that is what makes this exciting. You never know what to expect when they are involved and while we know the end result it's nice to know we can expect something to still surprise us in between. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jul 24, 2013

    Jeff Lemire moves the plot forward and draws the battle lines between all of DC's heroes while Mikel Janin draws what I think is the best looking chapter in Trinity War yet. I wish some characters in this expansive cast were better utilized, but overall I found this to be a pretty enjoyable issue. Note: you'll want to read this one BEFORE Constantine #5. A full Trinity War reading list can be found HERE. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 25, 2013

    This event continues to pick up steam, after a weak start in the first chapter. Now we have Superman struggling to solve the mystery behind his actions, the search for the mysterious woman known as Pandora, and the machinations of a mysterious villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jul 26, 2013

    With all due respect to Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke, I think Janin's issue, thus far, has been the most visually interesting and well drawn of the bunch. His Hawkman, in particular, is a revelation, when that series is inevitably relaunched in 5 years, hopefully Janin gets the call. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Max Dweck Jul 27, 2013

    This is definitely a transitional period for Trinity War. I'd say that with this issue, the story has entered its second act. Characters have clear goals and motivations now, and the story's looking really interesting. While a lot of Trinity War's advertising has made the story look like your standard crossover smackdown, the story itself is all about the repercussions of what such a fight would actually be. Trinity War as a whole has been a really good, solid story all throughout, and if it continues on this level of quality, then the second half next month should be a real treat. It's also nice to have a second writer in on this, because it brings in new ideas and a nice reprieve from some more tiring elements of the other writer's work (Don't get me wrong, Geoff Johns is great, but he really can't write Wonder Woman). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Jul 25, 2013

    Justice League Dark #22 just continues the epicness of Trinity War. This is how a hero-vs-hero themed  event should be. Suck it, AVX. I'm satisfied with not all of the story is spent making characters  punch each other, and there are some legitimate surprises. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Sean A. Guynes Jul 26, 2013

    Justice League Dark #22 certainly delivered its bit of intrigue and JL vs. JL fantasy, filled with comic book writing at its finest and robust page layouts that lead the eye straight through the story. And Oh Holy Batman! The reveal at the end had me thinking more investigatively about a comic than ever before" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 5, 2013

    Great visuals but an average story that resolves nothing as it's part of a crossover event. I just don't care. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jul 24, 2013

    While many events that run across multiple titles often slap a logo on an existing series and call it a tie-in, quite the opposite is happening in "Trinity War". While the second chapter, in last week's Justice League of America #6, put the titular team in a supporting role, Lemire ensures that his team are an integral part of the overall arc in Justice League Dark #22. Seamlessly integrating the often convoluted world of magic alongside the capes and heroes, the team finally feels as though they are part of a wider DC universe. Indeed, in many ways, this appears to be the primary goal of "Trinity War", in that it unites the often disparate strands of the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Jul 28, 2013

    Trinity War is a Big Event that actually feels like a big event. The heroes are going to be put through the wringer. Maybe someone is going to die. As nerds, we all know how it's going to end, but that won't make the journey any less entertaining. And comic are all about the journey...a journey that never ends. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jul 25, 2013

    The art is by Mike Janin this time around and it looks great, a big step up with from what we got last time. All of the characters look good and their emotions are strong and visible. The minor bit of action we do get is nice to look at and that two page spread with heroes confronting one another looked good. Unlike the other issues, Janin isn't nearly given enough exciting things to draw, so nothing really popped out like the others. Still good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Jul 26, 2013

    Constantine is a bastard, and I love him. Pick up Constantine #5 for more Trinity War tie-in action with Captain Marvel. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jul 24, 2013

    Mikel Janin’s art is nicely done, even if it is a little too close to Frank Quitely for comfort. They both have a soft light way of drawing characters. There’s a stiffness to Superman, a rugged reality to Batman, a supermodel vibe to Wonder Woman, all penciled with something that crosses between cartoon and comic book art. With styles so similar, Janin needs to find something that takes his in another direction from Quitely, outside of the fact that he’s not quite as good. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jul 24, 2013

    Justice League Dark #22 is a good comic that keeps this event going as it does just what it needs to. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jul 24, 2013

    Artist Mikel Janin delivers the cleanest and most consistent looking chapter of Trinity War thus far. His character designs are crisp and unflawed, and he does a good a job as anyone making every character look as stern and serious as possible. There's just one awkward panel where he shows a few heroes taking off into a run, but Trevor looks like he's about to run face-first into another hero. That aside, this is a great looking book put together by an artist who should be congratulated for being able to squeeze the members of three different Justice Leagues together into one issue without a single panel looking cluttered. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 29, 2013

    The other issue that seems to be holding "The Trinity War" back is it can't quite seem to decide what kind of story it wants to be. Is it the Secret Society launching its big assault on the heroes of the DC Universe? It is the Justice League of America finally getting their big break against the original League? Is it Pandora, the Phantom Stranger and the Question finally shedding some light on the secrets of the New 52? Right now, the answers are slim, and it winds up making this arc feel like a crossover for crossover's sake, more of a collection of action figures rather than something that truly requires three Justice Leagues. Without that kind of set direction, Justice League Dark just feels out of place, even in its own series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jul 25, 2013

    There might be such thing as too many superheroes. There are three teams, each numbering six to eight members and only twenty pages in the comic (there might be an extra two here, I'm not sure). To be honest, there simply isn't enough room to cover every character. As a result, some characters like Flash, Deadman or the majority of the JLA don't get enough characterization to justify an appearance. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 27, 2013

    The JLA has been together for all of 6 issues, I think, and none of those 6 issues were spent building up the teamwork or camaraderie of the group, so why would any of them listen to Waller when the chips came down? But at the same time, why would anybody do anything for any real deeply held motivation? The DCnU just doesn't have enough history for the stakes to be raised this high, and that robs something important from the story. Right now, it's just familiar looking characters bouncing around in service of the plot. No one is particularly more interesting than the others, and no one is all that bad. Everyone is just kind of there, doing whatever the story requires them to do. And while entertaining, it lacks any sort of heart. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 27, 2013

    The Trinity War crossover is going through a bit of a lull with this issue. It feels like stalling, but not on the Brian Bendis level. This issue does move more characters around which is probably necessary for the future issues but it makes this one a throwaway. One of the bright spots is the mystery at the beginning and at the end. This is an okay read but not as good as the first two installments. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jul 25, 2013

    So, I guess, because you have to, go ahead and pick this one up. Just set your standards really low and hope for more from Johns when he reigns it in next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jul 25, 2013

    This issue does expand to include a couple extra pages. I guess those pages, plus the massive number of characters on the board, are supposed to justify the extra price, but for this fan, it doesn't even come close. Give me my old "Justice League Dark" trying hard to be the best book it can, for my regular price, and featuring my small, underused cast members, anytime. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 27, 2013

    Generic to a fault, and so much of it feels pointless and unnecessary, thanks to a lot of poor decisions which make the characters seem petty, shortsighted, and gullible. Read Full Review

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