Justice League Dark #3 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on September 26, 2018

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Alvaro Martinez Bueno
Inker: Raul Fernandez
Colourist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Rob Leigh
This is the finale to the first arc of the series. While I appreciate its short length, at a brisk three issues, I would have liked this story to truly conclude.
I understand that James Tynion IV wanted to introduce this incredibly menacing character, the Upside-Down Man, and the threats associated with him and his forces, but I think a smaller story would have served this short arc. I also understand that there's a month-long crossover coming next month, so Tynion seems to have been forced to wrap it up early as far as I can tell.
Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez, and Brad Anderson are an incredible art team as I've said time and time again. There are a handful of double page spreads that provided some nicely condense storytelling, and one in particular near the end that was just a pure stunner. Bueno's facial work is unique but really expressive, and I simply love his take on Wonder Woman. There's a power and epic flavour whenever she shows up on the page, and this just may be my definitive Wonder Woman in comics now. She looks simply incredible. And Brad Anderson may be one of the best colourists in comics. He's the best colourist employed at DC right now, without a shred of doubt, and his work here is incredible. There's motion and beauty in these pages that Anderson brings out incredibly well.
The final few pages really intrigued me despite the ending's shortcomings. Tynion is doing some special things with Wonder Woman that feels really fresh and fun and exciting. I think Bueno and Tynion have done a great job with this Upside-Down Man character. He's genuinely terrifying and how easily he goes through the Justice League Dark was really interesting.
The story ended, or rather didn't, very abruptly but this is one of the most gorgeous stories of the year. Do yourself a favour and pick this up.

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