Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: Witching Hour #1

Event\Storyline: Witching Hour Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Jesus Merino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 3, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 26
8.2Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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Just in time for Halloween, it's "The Witching Hour," a five-part weekly event that will rewrite the future of DC's magical heroes!
Hecate, the witch-goddess of magic, always knew a day would come when the monsters she stole her magic from would return. Now she must activate the Witchmarked, humans within whom she secreted vast stores of power. And the most powerful of the Witchmarked? Wonder Woman!

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Oct 6, 2018

    If you enjoy Justice League Dark, you cannot miss this story. If you havent been reading Justice League Dark, you really ought to be, and should probably pick this up, and the first three issues, before you get too far behind. Read Full Review

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    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Oct 3, 2018

    This first chapter of "The Witching Hour" has me totally hooked. Usually I'd have to wait a whole month to see what happens next, but the story continues in Wonder Woman #56, which hits shelves in just seven days. I'm so there" will you be? Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 3, 2018

    Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark #1 keeps all the momentum from the main title and kicks off a very intriguing mini crossover that looks to pack some thrills through October. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Forrest Hollingsworth Oct 3, 2018

    While not as bombastic a follow-up as readers might have expected coming out of the stunning Justice League Dark #3, The Witching Hour's first issue is a darkly enchanting, capable, and palpable affair that ups the ante well enough to keep us interested in what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Jason Saba Oct 3, 2018

    With the endings of Metal and No Justice leaving readers feeling a little flat, the attention now turns to Tynion, whose stock has probably never been higher since he begun work on the refreshed Justice League titles. Tynion has taken another great step forward with this special but he will need able assistance from Steve Orlando to keep the praise going and deliver a worthy conclusion before we can even think about praisingan entire DC event for coming up with the goods from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Oct 3, 2018

    It will be interesting to see the payoff and how that will reflect revisiting Wonder Woman & Justice League Dark #1, but at the time being it kicks off October for comics with a spooky bang. Between his high stakes storytelling and the dynamic art throughout, there's a lot to love. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 3, 2018

    Spinning directly out of the first arc of Justice League Dark, it's not so much of an event as a way to bring the major arc to a quick and thrilling conclusion rather than dragging it out over six months. It's well appreciated, because the first arc of the parent title has been thrilling and its tone lends itself very well to an event book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Oct 3, 2018

    Here's something you didn't know about Wonder Woman: she's a witch! Well, kind of...Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: Witching Hour (2018-) #1 is an impressive issue that takes readers on a dark, magic-laden ride into Wonder Woman's past. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Oct 4, 2018

    WONDER WOMAN AND JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: THE WITCHING HOUR #1 adds a relevant and interesting new piece to Wonder Woman's mythos in a very humanizing way. The characterization is largely strong and, despite a slow second act and the lack of characterization for John Constantine, this is a brilliant open for the new crossover series. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Oct 3, 2018

    Wonder Woman & Justice League Dark: Witching Hour #1 changes the landscape for this fight for the future of magic in a big way. Expect the unexpected when it will take more than magical solutions to solve these magical problems. It will also take a miracle. Especially Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark have to depend on a power that they do not grasp. Now I don't know how I feel about also having to pick up another ongoing series to continue this story, but so far it is worth the extra addition to my reading list. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Oct 3, 2018

    Still, The Witching Hour plays to the strengths of the magic side of the DC universe and continues the current trend of showing all sorts of fantastical horrors in comic book form. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Tee LaFrance Todd Oct 25, 2018

    This witchy tale was quite wild, and I am anxious to read the next one. Perhaps I can catch up on the rest of Justice League Dark while Im waiting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Oct 3, 2018

    A few pages are given over to necessary recap, but most of the book is that spooky, wispy death magic that we've come to know and love from DC Comics. Justice League Dark has proven to be a very solid book thus far, so if you've enjoyed that, you can continue on to this crossover with confidence. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Indiana "Indy" Marlow Nov 7, 2018

    As I mentioned above, this issue delivers a great payoff, and one which completely silences any and all doubts I may have had when I first started reading this series. The action is fast and explosive, while also maintaining a solid line of storytelling so that it doesnt feel like everything has been squeezed into this last issue. Yes, I'd have liked to see more of the new recruits like Man-Bat, but at the same time the story ends in a way that shows DC have a lot more in store for this dirty dozen of mages and mystical creatures. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Oct 10, 2018

    All in all, another strong issue from Tynion who expands on his journey through the magicverse of the DCU that is perfectly illustrated by Jesus Merino. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 3, 2018

    Merino has some impressive and brutal visuals in this issue that showcase the power of the threat they are facing as well as some great details in both the characters and the environment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Oct 5, 2018

    Crossovers are hit or miss for me, but the first issue of The Witching Hour is a strong start for this crossover. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Oct 4, 2018

    "Wonder Woman And Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour" #1 is an ambitious and beautiful next chapter of "Justice League Dark" taking on a larger scope. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Daniel Cheeseman Oct 4, 2018

    The solicitations promise this arc will'rewrite the future of DC's magical heroes!' There's no way to guess what this shake-up will entail from the opening issue, but I'm definitely onboard (then again, I said that in 2016 when the eventually disappointing Justice League vs Suicide Squad began). Part one of 'The Witching Hour' makes for a solid, if not stellar, beginning to the tale, with several nice character moments, a formidable villain, and handsome, richly detailed artwork. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Holden Oct 16, 2018

    Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour #1 serves its purpose in the overarching narrative of The Witching Hour, progressing the plot a step forward, though it primarily seems to reiterate information previously provided in the pages of Justice League Dark. As a jumping on point for new readers, it succeeds, as it supplies all the information needed to understand and enjoy the story; however, as a special issue for collectors and regular readers, it proves to be anything but. The comic supplies nothing particularly noteworthy or memorable, and only possesses a handful of panels pertinent to plot progression. Overall, The Witching Hour #1 is best described as serviceable. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Oct 3, 2018

    The result is one of the least compelling invitations to a superhero event in more than a decade. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Samuel Almeida Oct 3, 2018

    Im not gonna lie. When i first heard about this story arc and saw the first cover, i was a little concerned. It felt like an OK idea. But last weeks JLD made me excited and this first part of The Witching Hour is amazing! Wonder Woman is a total badass (of course) and this whole event seems very promising! I dont remember if ive said it before, but James Tynion knows how to write teams SO WELL!

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    JustCrazy Oct 12, 2018

    If you are not reading this comic You should be

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  • 9.0
    daddyT Oct 4, 2018

    from a base of 6, this gets a rating of: 9.
    +1 because: ROI feelings.
    +2 because: a good storyline going here.

  • 9.0
    Batman Jones Oct 6, 2018

    The Tynion/Bueno Justice League Dark experiment has been a total success. Merino is a welcome fill-in artist though Bueno has really made the series his own.

    I absolutely love what Snyder is doing in JL; it's my favorite writing from him ever. But Justice League Dark is the surprise hit of the "New Justice" line. High stakes, beautiful craft, and the otherwise slowly eroding sense of FUN in comic books are all elements that set this run and this issue apart.

    The character work is delicious from Wonder Woman to Man-Bat (my personal favorite so far) to Zatanna to... I should have just said the character work is fantastic. I was about to list every character we've seen so far.

    I was expecting the launch issue o more

  • 9.0
    I Review Comics Dec 17, 2018

    I've never been a fan of witches in my horror stories. In fact, I consider "The Witch" to be the least interesting antagonist in the horror genre. It's pretty much the reason why it took so long for me to review this comic. I just couldn't muster up the interest to do so. 

    Although the comic doesn't change my opinion on The Big Bad Witch, it's a great start to this crossover. 

    The story picks up immediately after Justice League Dark #3. Wonder Woman and her team recount their recent encounter with the Upside Down man. The team barely escaped that encounter with their lives and only managed to do so because Wonder Woman was able to tap into magical forces that she was previously unaware of. She gives all of this i more

  • 9.0
    Spacey Medicine Mar 5, 2019

    I really, really enjoyed this, super excited to see how this plays out.

  • 8.0
    egonnn244 Oct 4, 2018

    "I don't like your tone, but I do like your whiskey."

    I'm not a big fan of events that span multiple titles, but when it starts like this and involves only two books, how can I say no?

    James Tynion continues the plot threads he laid in Justice League Dark about magic being threatened, three faced goddess Hecate and Wonder Woman's mysterious power. And he does a great job. The story gets interesting practically from the very start, it's well written and moves forward with good pacing. Every member of the JL Dark gets some spotlight, but as it's always with them, Bobo steals every scene he's in.

    I'm looking forward to seeing how this story will unfold.

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