Justice League Dark Volume 2: The Books of Magic (The New 52) Paperback – 23 Jul 2013
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"Worthy of the adjective, but in a good way."--"The New York Times"
"There are some threats that are too much for even Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to handle...That's when you call the people who make magic their method."--"CraveOnline "
"Solid art and good story."--"ComicVine"
"Worthy of the adjective, but in a good way." "The New York Times"
"There are some threats that are too much for even Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to handle...That's when you call the people who make magic their method." "CraveOnline "
"Damn cool." "iFanboy"
"Solid art and good story." "ComicVine""
"Worthy of the adjective, but in a good way." The New York Times
"There are some threats that are too much for even Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to handle...That's when you call the people who make magic their method." CraveOnline
"Damn cool." iFanboy
"Solid art and good story." ComicVine"
"Worthy of the adjective, but in a good way."--The New York Times
About the Author
Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed monthly comic book series SWEET TOOTH published by DC/Vertigo and the award winning graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY published by Top Shelf. He also writes ANIMAL MAN, FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. and SUPERBOY for DC Comics.In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist, and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association's prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade! Recently named one of Wizard magazines 25 "rising stars," Jeff has also written a new graphic novel for Top Shelf called THE UNDERWATER WELDER. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.
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"Around ARGUS we've even taken to nicknaming you the `Justice League Dark'."
"That is the stupidest name I've ever heard. Besides, we're no team. The band broke up."
However, the promise of a trolley dash through the Black Room - that secret US Government vault where the keep the Ark of the Covenant and related stuff - is enough to get Constantine on side, to investigate a secret South American temple where Felix Faust is up to something, which turns out to be [spoiler] in order to find the fabled Books of Magic. It all goes horribly wrong, of course, as Madame Xanadu's vision of the apocalypse turns out to be what happens when Constantine gets his hands of the Books...
The second part of the story, issues #12, #0, #13 and the Annual - issue #0 being a flashback via to introduce the secret villain of the piece - form the "War for the Books of Magic", which is an even bigger, wider screen adventure, with Houses of Mystery and Secrets flying about like TARDISes, traitors revealed, guest stars popping up in strange places, and Constantine killing Harry Potter (or whatever his name was, the chap from the original Books of Magic series) as everyone wants to get their hands on the source of all magic. Even Mordru and Merlin get a look in.
The vampire apocalypse in the first story is spectacular enough, but the writer and artists manage to surpass themselves in the second/third stories. This is epic mystic storytelling reminiscent of the heights of the old Swamp Thing series, with many of the original characters and a number of newer versions - Black Orchid, for example. This really is very, very good.
PS: So, the House of Mystery and the House of Secrets are both sentient... are they the parents of Danny the Street?
The volume starts off with a cross over with I Vampire (with a little bit of Batman and Batgirl chucked in for good measure) not a lot to say about this part just normal DC cross promotion (unfortunately with no conclusion without buying I Vampire) it's the second and much larger part which is more interesting Steve Trevor approaches John Constantine with an offer, help out A.R.G.U.S rescue Doctor Mist and get to poke around in the Black Room, a secret vault full of powerful magical artefacts the only problem is that he has to get the team back together and they don't trust him at all, this part mark the start of Jeff Lemire's tenure as writer and it's a step up in quality from the start, the first plus point is the shift in focus to John Constantine as team leader, Constantine is an amoral con-man whose conscience could fit into a full matchbox but still is one hell of a character and making him the centre of attention rather then one of many works wonders and the way his and Zatanna's shared past is explored is very interesting, Lemire also brings the JLD more into the wider DC universe and more aspects of the magic side of DC which adds information without ever overloading you.
The new characters and cameos as well add to the book, a new Black Orchid adds an aspect of mystery to the team and the others (who I won't spoil for you) all bring something to the table, and also the appearance of Felix Faust is good to see, the new 52 has been guilty of trying out too many new ill conceived bad guys so to have a good old fashioned baddy is nice, but possibly the best plus is just how much is in the book (7 issues plus an annual) means there is a lot of stuff in here with the book of magic plot taking up a very large percentage of it
This is a truly great second volume, taking what has happened before removing the bits that didn't work and adding bits to make it a more complete story, and even if you havn't read the first volume (if you havn't take a look it's well worth it) the Dark Room part 1 almost feels like a reboot anyway so it's easy to pick it up from there, many parts of the new 52 have been disappointing but Justice League Dark is easily one of the best titles already and for a series which is essentially new that is some achievement.
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