Justice League Dark #23.2

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Dan DiDio Artist: Philip Tan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 3
6.5Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

The powerful Black Diamond has been seen causing trouble in different corners of The New 52. Now you will learn its secrets as it lands in the hands of the host it was always meant for...and the full power of Eclipso is unleashed!

  • 9.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 20, 2013

    My DC pick of the week for the art alone and the interesting story, just wish it involved Forever Evil more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Spin Dash Sep 20, 2013

    Dan Didio and artist Philip Tan have brought this week my pick for the best Villains title. A fresh look at a character that is one of the more interesting villains in the line-up, rather than re-hashing old stories like most of the villains titles have. That is why this works and why those that are not origins stories, but those that allows the continuation of the current universe are the ones to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 20, 2013

    So yes, get the issue. And while youre at it, go ahead and buy the fancy cover. Its awesome. Tans artwork and DiDios straight-forward storytelling make this a fun read. The only complaints I have for it is that this team didnt do the last Justice League Dark tie-in issue (The Creeper) and that it simply wasnt long enough. I cant wait to see where these two villains show up next. And I honestly can say that DiDio has certainly still got the chops when it comes to penning a good old superhero (or supervillain, for that matter) comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Max Dweck Sep 19, 2013

    This is one of the best books this week, and if youre interested in the magical side of the DC Universe, reading a creepy story, or are like me and youre one of the seven Eclipso fans out there who doesnt already work for DC, I heavily recommend it. The only reason Im not giving it a 5/5 is because I feel like I should be accounting for my fan bias here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Sep 22, 2013

    This issue doesn't really tie into 'Forever Evil' at all, but it's also not yet another origin story. It's just kind of its own free standing story which presumably will lead into later comics. I've kind of gotten the impression that Eclipso will eventually play a larger part in the DC Universe and this will certainly factor in as an essential issue. All in all, it's definitely above average. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 18, 2013

    But there is Philip Tan's art to balance things out. Tan has bounced all over the New 52, including illustrating a number of issues of Phantom Stranger. Each project sees Tan take a slightly different approach, and this is far and away his strongest work.Together with inker Jason Paz and colorist Nathan Eyring, Tan is able to create two distinct styles that highlight the divide between the villain and his host. These pages are steeped in shadows and textures that convey Eclipso's wickedness and Jacobs' inner suffering in a way the writing generally fails to do. Tan opts for a surreal, haunting approach that almost recalls his Savage Hawkman work, except that the figures are given much more definition and detail. So even with the stilted scripting, this issue may be worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Sep 18, 2013

    Overall, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ECLIPSO was an ok issue. Storywise, it's ok. Gordon isn't the most thrilling character and his backstory was so-so; however, the art here, minus one problematic area, was stellar. The way this team executed these pages was brilliant and it really spiced this issue up. I'm curious to see how Eclipso will work as a Justice League Dark villain, but we'll have to wait and see. Overall, I give this issue a mild recommendation, mainly because these page layouts are incredibly cool. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Sep 19, 2013

    A beautifully illustrated introduction that became weighed down by a fair bit of clunky storytelling, Eclipso has nearly as much going for it as working against it. That said, the character is one which seems to resonate with many fans (and many within the halls of DC) and this version is visually the best weve seen to date. Lets hope his next appearance inspires a bit more imaginative horror and a bit less of the unnatural narrative. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 22, 2013

    Nothing to see here except an opportunity squandered. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 23, 2013

    Further backstory is hinted, but "Justice League Dark: #23.2 isn't interesting enough to warrant concern, despite the heavy-handedness used to push Eclipso's other recent appearances in a double-page flashback. This issue brings the Villains Month event to a new low of unnecessary. Certainly under the "Justice League Dark" umbrella, a more interesting story could have been told of Doctor Destiny or a new foe. Eclipso's story and motivation don't require a full issue, but given the space, they should be far more compelling than this issue. After all, this is (allegedly) the original evil in the DC Universe. Shouldn't he be compellingly evil? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    the green death Sep 18, 2013

    Sometimes I enjoy a comic that I suspect most everyone else will hate, often time those same comics are written by Dan Didio. What can I say, I really enjoy the strange quasi-religious angle he's taken with Phantom Stranger and now here in Eclipso. It's such a bizarre take on Christian religion in the DC Universe I find it fascinating. Plus the art is really cool and they've been building towards Eclipso's intro since the early days of the New 52 so its cool to finally see it.

  • 6.0
    Dani06 Apr 19, 2018

  • 4.0
    Redeadhood Feb 1, 2015

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