Justice League Dark #23

Event\Storyline: Trinity War Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 21, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 5
7.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 5! The Justice Leagues continues to fracture as the murder of a hero is solved-and the line between justice and vengeance blurs as they head off to find those responsible!

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer Aug 22, 2013

    I have to say though, Justice League Dark #23 was mind blowing and as close to perfect as you can get. Excellent job by both Jeff Lemire and Mikel Janin on this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Aug 21, 2013

    One more issue to go in DC Comics prelude to their first big event of the New 52, and theres no question its been a wild ride. With Jeff Lemire stepping off Justice League Dark now, its perhaps an excellent time to thank him for delivering, month after month, the perfect blend of super-heroics and dark magical drama honestly, a feat we havent seen performed as well to date almost anywhere. Ending his run here, with a literal mlange of DC mythology racing across the page, could have become a mish-mosh, but instead is a true testament to his skill and dedication to the book itself. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Aug 21, 2013

    How do I even begin wrapping up this review? This book was amazing and easily my favorite of the week. I made a few predictions about what's going to happen at the conclusion of this event and so far so good on those. It doesn't look like Shazam will be the one opening the box, but I am still holding firm that all the superheroes of Prime-Earth will be trapped/transported by the box. Thankfully, the wait will be over in a week. I doubt I need to remind anyone to catch Trinity War's finale in Justice League #23. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Aug 22, 2013

    We're almost to the end of DC's first big event of the New 52 and I've loved it so far. It's been awesome seeing the fissures driven between some of the most prominent Justice Leaguers, and seeing how fragile those relationships were in the first place. The events in this issue are sure to send ripples throughout the entire DCU, and there's a big reveal at the end! (No spoilers, but you really need to read this!) Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Aug 24, 2013

    Justice League Dark #22 might be a slow issue, but its the best chapter of Trinity War yet. It's nowhere near as good as Lemire's other book that came out this week, but its miles above much of what I've read lately from Marvel in terms of events.  Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Aug 22, 2013

    Finally, JLD gives me an issue I can get behind. In addition to the epic battles between over twenty characters, the book also cuts to the chase, revealing the big villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Aug 21, 2013

    Justice League Dark #23is the only issue of “Trinity War” I could imagine someone reading without wondering what was going on the entire time. Jeff Lemire is able to make the issue function as a self-sustainable issue that is enjoyable whether you're reading “Trinity War” or not. Now, I can't say for certain it would be a fun read if you haven't read the previous four chapters because I have read every issue of the event so far. That being said, Lemire makes sure to include a quick overview at the beginning of the issue, the three plot lines makes sense in their placement and how they connect to one another, and the battle against Dark Shazam is contained enough to entice almost any DC fan to pick up a copy just to marvel at all the characters involved in one brawl. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 22, 2013

    This issue finally gives us some hints about the true nature of the threat - a mystery that promises to rock the DC Universe. If only this issue had been a better lead-in to the final issue. It's mostly devoted to an all-out battle that's the equivalent of a nasty game of Hot Potato. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Aug 24, 2013

    So this is a beautifully drawn, well paced action story. It's not incredibly deep, but it doesn't seem to be aspiring to that. It's the big super hero event story of the summer and as such, it perfectly well lives up to that and delivers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 12, 2013

    This was a great issue, and although not the best in the story so far, a big improvement over the last part, setting the finale up perfectly. It also had great drama, and action, with explosive action, and entertaining dialogue. Due to all this it's easy to recommend this, and I'd also highly recommend the rest of the story, looking forward to the final part even more now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 22, 2013

    That said, "Justice League Dark" #23 is a fun comic filled with comic book idioms. There are some fun, wink-and-nod pairings for longtime DC readers: Shazam and Stargirl square off in one panel and Zatanna throws a magical spell at Hawkman. These subtle choices make the comic that much richer an experience and strive to put the book back on track, giving readers a story filled with dynamic energy. The pacing of "Justice League Dark" #23 is smart and gives readers lots to chew on, but it also leaves what seems like a lot left to be resolved in the approaching final chapter of "Trinity War." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Aug 23, 2013

    This event may just be a massive advertisement for the next big thing, but that's true of all events and this one has been done particularly well. Janin's art is kinetic, using interesting layouts and vivid colours to carry the action. The few splash pages involving Shazam are frameable. Yet there are still so many loose ends, and with the event officially ending next week in Justice League #23, there are bound to be plenty more crossovers to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 21, 2013

    Characters are getting developed at a rate faster than they did in the 20 issues preceding these, the integration of Shazam, the Atom and Element Woman have been handled very well, and the action feels worthy of a big summer blockbuster event. This is not the smartest event ever constructed, nor the most perfectly put together, but this is exactly what the Justice League books needed, and this points to DC having a solid idea of where those books are headed post "Forever Evil," which is more than can be said for most of the books they're publishing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Aug 21, 2013

    The art is very good and a huge step up from last week, though that can be contributed to the fact that there was only one inker on this book. Mike Janin's art is very pretty and nice to look at, from his well detailed and unique characters to his exciting action scenes. He may dive a little bit too much into the double page spreads this issue, but they all look very good. Toss in some great coloring and you got what would easily be the best drawn Justice League book if it wasn't for Ivan Reis. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Aug 21, 2013

    Even though the art falls short in some spots, and the plot is thin in these 22 pages. The great hero and villain moments in this issue feels as though it is more than the sum of it’s parts. Those seeking the next chapter of this excellent event will not dissapointed, anything goes next issue when Justice League #23 concludes the narrative. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 21, 2013

    Pull up a chair and grab some popcorn, it's time to watch the Justice League fight the Justice League while fighting the Justice League. Throughout Trinity War, we've seen some new pairings and interactions as the three different Leagues have combined in different ways as they take on the attacks of the Secret Society as well as the mystery of Pandora's Box. Jeff Lemire coordinates fight after fight while bringing us to the precipice of this big event. We all know it's leading into Villains Month and FOREVER EVIL but you'll want to see the fighting. It's a blast to see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Aug 28, 2013

    Justice League Dark #23 offers a painful lesson about what happens when corruption blinds otherwise good people. Even superheroes with all their power end up playing into the hands of a skilled manipulator. The scale of the conflict and the potential for it to get worse help this issue up the stakes in “Trinity War” to extreme levels. It also shows that while kryptonite is Superman's greatest weakness, corruption is the greatest weakness to every hero, no matter how powerful they are. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Max Dweck Aug 24, 2013

    While Jeff Lemires run on the series had some flaws, overall, its been a fantastic comic, and hes really turned it around after Peter Milligans first eight issues of the series. Justice League Dark is one of the best books DC has right now, and while DeMatteis is an excellent replacement, who will surely put out work at least equal in quality to Lemires issues, its still sad to see him go. Thank you, Jeff Lemire, for all the fun magical adventures. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Aug 26, 2013

    Jeff Lemire is something of an artist when it comes to storytelling because the fine points are all in the details. Everyone feels that they can handle the power of the "Box" and while there appear to be many qualified suitors, the one who can actually handle the responsibility is a real doozy. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Aug 21, 2013

    We do get a quick look at the aftermath of the A.R.G.U.S. explosion, and to avoid spoilers, I will just say that the reaction of the heroes is a redeeming moment for everyone present. In a story about heroes fighting heroes that takes place just before Forever Evil and Villains Month, it's nice to get a reminder of what makes someone a good guy. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Aug 27, 2013

    Trinity War is a mess. I’m looking forward to the return of JLD pre-event status. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 23, 2013

    Justice League Dark #23 has great action.  Everyone in the DCU seems to be fighting each other and it looks great.  What it does lack is story and plot beyond the action.  Next weeks Trinity War finale has a lot left to resolve. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Aug 22, 2013

    Aside from this, a good issue as the event comes to what I believe to be the climax as the villains are to make their move. Proves that DC can handle an event without overreaching. It's a condensed storyline and it's progression is swift enough that you don't see anything that is too unnecessary. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Aug 22, 2013

    Writer Jeff Lemire gives each group of this large cast something to do that feels like it matters, which is a first. Even in small doses, Lemire has a good handle on the characterization of everyone from Constantine to Wonder Woman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Aug 22, 2013

    Again, this is far from a bad issue. It's just a little disappointing due to its lack of progressing the story along or really telling anything new in terms of the characters we all know and love. I'm excited but somewhat skeptical of how this is all going to tie up nicely (AKA how it's going to lead into the whole "Forever Evil" line-wide event and Villains Month). I'm sure Geoff Johns knows what he's doing, but it would have been nice if he had a little less confidence in his friend Jeff Lemire on this particular event. Especially if they were going to co-write Justice League of America (which went drastically downhill these last two issues in terms of this reader's interest level) and raise the price of the Justice League title (this one) that really served no purpose even before Lemire came on board. All in all, this issue got us to where we needed to be. I just wish it had been a dollar cheaper and two months sooner. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 25, 2013

    A story I don't want that looks really pretty. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Aug 21, 2013

    Mikel Janin and Jeromy Cox's artwork is astounding. This comic is full of beautiful imagery, but writer Jeff Lemire doesn't push the plot forward enough and instead we get an issue full of hero vs. hero brawls that feel like fan-service and not much else. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 24, 2013

    So basically Trinity War is just the three Justice Leagues fighting over a plot device until Forever Evil happens. And that's disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 22, 2013

    If I had any optimism that Trinity War might reignite my interest in Justice League Dark, it is deeply disappointed by this uneven, flat, largely aimless read. Read Full Review

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