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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

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"Solid art and good story."—ComicVine

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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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This Series: It's Magic. 18. Juli 2013
Von Slim Cat - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This volume collects issues 7-13, 0, and Annual 1.

Magic. A force so powerful yet so unpredictable that only those with a shifting moral compass can truly practice it. The Justice League cannot handle it. Governments cannot control it. But when those that wish to obtain great power or create great destruction for evil intents with the mystic arts, someone's got to stand against them. The Justice League Dark is that team. Just do not call them that.

The first two issues, 7 and 8, are writer Peter Milligan's last two as he did the first six. They are part of a crossover with the awesome series, "I, Vampire" and for the full crossover and effect, check out volume 2 of that series. The two issues stand nicely on their own here as Milligan has this ragtag group of magic wielders, assembled by Madame Xanadu, fighting a vampire uprising. Again, it serves to add to "I, Vampire's" story but also finishes out Milligan's decent run as he has the team break apart.

Issues 9-12, 0, 13, and Annual 1 (they are in that order) are the main story of this collection, and the start of Jeff Lemire's fantastic run. A.R.G.U.S. agent Steve Trevor approaches John Constantine about reassembling the team to go after the crazed magician, Felix Faust. Faust has captured A.R.G.U.S's undercover man and is about to gain a powerful magical artifact. Of course, the ultimate con man needs a little incentive other than serving for the greater good to risk his life, so Trevor promises him a trip to the Black Room: an urban legend among magic users where the U.S. government keeps a lot of rare and dangerous magical artifacts. Constantine gathers up what is left of the former crew to aid him in his quest to stop Faust. He gets Zatanna, Andrew Bennet, Deadman, and an agent of Trevor's, the mysterious Black Orchid, to go after Faust. Madame Xanadu is left behind but knows she has a part to play as her visions of an apocalypse become more frequent and epic. John and his team find adventure and betrayal as they scour the globe, and other dimensions, for a huge treasure for all who practice magic.

Lemire injects a little more life into this book with his coming aboard. Milligan liked to be dark and brooding but spread around the panel time for each character. Lemire puts the focus on Constantine but gives everyone moments to shine. He really shows off the DCU's magic corner, which is pretty big yet isolated, with a bunch of cameos fans may or may not recognize but are enjoyable either way. Magic is very unpredictable and can be used once to often for easy advances in plot but Lemire does a good enough job at defining everyone's power level and the "rules" of their given power set to not make anyone or all ridiculously powerful. He also shows that performing the dark arts takes it's tolls, needs sacrifices, and a bit of luck, or in Constantine's case a lot.

The art duties are mainly done by Mikel Janin who does issues 9-13 and the annual. Admira Wijaya and Daniel Sampere split issue 7 and then Sampere does all of issue 8. All three artists have a clean with well formed characters style. It is beautiful art and lots of credit to Janin for being the series regular artist who handles the monthly demand very well. Lee Garbett does the 0 issue and has a more cartoonish style with edgier lines that fits perfectly for the little back story.

A real fun ride in the world of magic. Cannot wait for the next volume, Justice League Dark Vol. 3: The Death of Magic (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels)) followed by the EPIC crossover with Justice League and Justice League of America for Trinity War, the event that has been building ever since DC's New 52 relaunch!
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Less Dark, More Justice League Action! 16. Juli 2013
Von Anarchy in the US - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Peter Milligan's Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels)) was a good little introduction for some of DC's more bizarre and occult figures into one team. John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, and Madame Xanadu are some of my favorites to be put together into a team that I enjoyed just the characters being on the same page together. Volume 1 was decent, but it felt like it was just setup for the cross over with I, Vampire, which are Milligan's last 2 issues of writer for JLD (collected here) before hot writer Jeff Lemire takes over. And does Lemire take over Milligan's bizarre book and make it his own? Absolutely and makes it even better!

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL.2: THE BOOKS OF MAGIC collects issues #7-13, #0, and the Annual #1. Issues #7-8 are the last issues done by writer Peter Milligan and involved in the cross over with I,Vampire. While issues #9-13, #0, and the Annual #1 are done by Jeff Lemire and makes up the "Books of Magic" arc.

Let me do a quick review of Milligan's JLD first:

After the end of volume 1, the first vampire Cain came back from the dead. It seems JLD have to stop this massive threat or it means the destruction of the world, so they go to Gotham to help Andrew Bennett (I won't spoil what happened to him. Go see I, Vampire Vol. 2: Rise of the Vampires (The New 52) for those details). I liked what Milligan did with volume 1, but again, I feel as if he was holding out for this cross over because it's really good. Everyone gets their time to shine during the chaos of the vampires and it melds pretty well with I, Vampire without taking itself away from its own series. You don't have to read I, Vampire to know the details of what is going on, but as a fan of that series, and sorry I have to advertise it but I do highly recommend you buy I, Vampire and read it some point. You won't regret it. Other then that, Milligans end on JLD ends on a high note and clean slate new writer Jeff Lemire to take over.

Okay, now that's out of the way...

The rest of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL.2 involves ARGUS agent Steve Trevor having John Constantine band together the Justice League Dark again, as to look into old DC villain Felix Faust in South Africa. The JLD come to find out a map to the Books of Magic, 4 books that are the very creation of magic itself. Seeing how anyone who gets their hands on the books could mean complete destruction of time and reality to whoever wields them, Constantine and company take it upon themselves to look for the Books before ARGUS or Faust finds them. But are other unknown forces looking for the Books? Can Constantine be trusted if he does find them? Or are the books just a legend? You'll have to find out.

Compared to Milligan's take on JLD where the book was dark in tone, a bit serious and occult magic; Lemire turns the series on its head by making it more action, suspenseful, and lighthearted in the same tone of being a Justice League-type book. This means readers without any prior knowledge or reading from Milligan's run on the title is not needed, so for old and new readers, this is a great time to start or continue (which makes it odd that DC didn't collect issues 7-8 into volume 1).

The only characters who stay on is Constantine, who becomes unofficial leader of the team; Zatanna, who we get further background with Constantine; Deadman, who shares some great moments here and there and even gets some alone time with Zatanna; and Madame Xanadu continuing her fortune telling of the group. New members of the team include Black Orchid, shapeshifter; Andrew Bennett, to repay the JLD for their help, and a host of other DCU dark characters that get involved that I do not want to spoil. None the less, expect a great dysfunctional team book full of action, humor, lot of surprise plot twist, hidden motivations from characters, and plenty of DC Universe easter eggs that fans well versed in DC lore will appreciate.

As for art duties, Mikel Janin continues doing art from volume 1 and does every issues here except #0. Janin's art is superb with pages of magic flowing everywhere, character reactions through the highs and lows, and handles Lemire action heavy script very well. Lee Garbett does #0 and holds together just fine from Janin's art work.

If there is any negatives to be found, they're minor, but few. One of which is that Constantine takes over so much of the book, it feels more like it should be titled "John Constantine and the Justice League Dark", since the team aspect of the book isn't quite up to par (yet). Constantine is not his Vertigo/Hellblazer version, so he's toned down. And the other aspect might be the tonality change. Again, Milligan's time on the series felt more darker, serious, and gothic. It really felt like a "dark" book. Lemire's version is far more upbeat and action packed, losing much of its "dark' aspects. Altogether, it feels like a PG-rated John Constantine book, with magic characters.

Other then that, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL.2: THE BOOKS OF MAGIC is big action-packed, magic based justice league book that has a lot going on with some great art work to back it up. New readers are welcomed to hop aboard. But if you are an reader who liked volume 1 for the grittier/occult aspects, you might not like the tonality change from Lemire. But if you can get over it, you'll enjoy this new direction greatly. And since this volume collects a whopping 8 issues and an Annual, you get a ton of content for the price. So I'll give the book a 4 ½ out of 5 stars, but Amazon will not allow half star ratings, I'll round up to 5 stars.

After this volume, Lemire will do Justice League Dark Vol. 3: The Death of Magic (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels)), all the way until issue #23, which Lemire joins Geoff Johns epic cross over with Justice League and Justice League of America for Justice League: Trinity War (The New 52).
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So Much Squandered Potential 17. März 2015
Von E. David Swan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The first two issues are by Peter Milligan with the Justice League Dark battling a hoard of vampires in Gotham City. When last we left off the JLD was finishing off their long fight with The Enchantress that occupied the entire book and it felt like the vampire storyline started up in mid-stream. Just as abruptly as the storyline starts it ends, seemingly with no conclusion and Peter Milligan writing stint comes to a close as Jeff Lemire takes over. After doing a little research it appears the vampire storyline was a crossover with the ‘I, Vampire’ series so unless you read ‘I, Vampire’ you are treated to two issues with no start and no conclusion. Real Nice DC.

In my review of book one I wrote that the Justice League Dark had a ton of unrealized potential. Milligan made some attempts at character depth and he had some snappy dialogue but for a team of magical and occult based characters the story felt very benign. It wasn’t creepy or gothic or even particularly intriguing or thoughtful. Milligan seemed to focus more on the Justice League and less on the Dark.

Unfortunately Jeff Lemire has taken it even further in that direction. His entire storyline is an almost relentless battle with Felix Faust. As if they weren’t standing in the shadow of the Justice League enough now they spend a significant amount of time battling one of the JLA’s classic villains. Many of the magic based heroes powers are either indistinguishable from super powers (Deadman) or so ill-defined that you have no idea WHAT they are capable of (Madame Xanadu). In the case of Zatanna her power are constantly conking out because her ability to do pretty much ANYTHING by speaking backwards makes totally overpowered. The JLD fight in classic superhero style, as a group each using their powers in battle but that exactly how an occult based team SHOULDN’T fight. Instead of differentiating the JLD from other super hero teams Lemire goes with the same tired super team storyline. A more thoughtful story could have been highly rewarding but that’s not where Lemire and Milligan decided to go.

My last issue is with John Constantine. I just don’t think Lemire has any idea what to do with him. He’s constantly referred to as a liar, a bastard and con artist and yet there is little evidence to back this up. He lies to Zatanna but even that seems like it was put in just to give SOME evidence that he was a liar and his lie wasn’t really done for selfish reasons. Or was it? Who knows? There is an issue devoted to his backstory but all we learn is that he’s obsessed with obtaining magic. For what ends? We don’t know. The only thing he seems to do with magic is fight evil which flies in the face of his being a bastard. If Lemire wants to make him an anti-hero then do it. Instead Lemire plays it safe as he does with the entire storyline.

Based on user reviews it seems as if people are really enjoying Justice League Dark. Here is my suggestion for fans, most of whom are probably quite a bit younger than I am. Go read Swamp Thing by Alan Moore which are all available on Amazon. Then read Sandman by Neal Gaiman and if you can find it The Spectre by Joe Orlando. The come back and read Justice League Dark and see if you still think it’s five star material.
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Excellent Story & Team 23. Februar 2014
Von Nicola Mansfield - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I really enjoyed Vol. 1 and was pretty excited to see the writer change to Canadian Jeff Lemire starting with this volume. This is a doozy of a story with tons of plot points, character, and a huge cast of characters. As I said for Vol. 1, all these guys were new to me so I'm just starting to get a feel for them with this book which was a nice long one that involved some serious writing. I really like this team. Deadman is by far my favourite and I've ordered DC Presents Vol. 1 which tells his New 52 backstory. Xanadu doesn't get a lot of page time in this volume but I've figured her out since Vol. 1. I love Shade, though he disappears half way through. Mindwarp is not present though mentioned so who knows what's up with him. Andrew Bennett doesn't get much page time here either but I like him, he's not nice but I'm getting an Angel vibe from him anyway. The two original members I don't like are Constantine (an obnoxious, arrogant jerk) and Zatanna (how lame is backwards spell magic and it never works!). New people are introduced in this book and popping out of the woodwork wherever you turn. My favourite new member is Black Orchid, very cool! It was even nice for me to see some familiar faces make an appearance: Batgirl, Amethyst, Felix Faust and there are even more. So if you like books with tons of heroes and villains this is sure to please. Great story though too. I won't say much but very intricate as the various people, groups and allegiances search for the books of magic. Not everyone ends up to be trustworthy and the ending is quite a shocking cliffhanger. When I first started JLD, I wasn't sure I'd like the superhero/paranormal mix, but this one has me hooked and I like getting to know a whole new-to-me cast without any preconceived notions. Really looking forward to Vol. 3
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A Pretty decent read 25. August 2013
Von Attidude - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book is actually 3.5 stars. (4 stars is a bit too much for this book and 3 stars would be less).
I bought this book because I thought the first volume was ok and was kind of eager to see what happens next. I wasn't that very impressed with the first volume but fortunately the second volume turned out to be quite better than the first!
The best part about this book is the story. It's pretty fast-paced and there are quite a few twists and turns. And two new characters , Black Orchid and Dr. Mist are introduced, both of whom are very appealing. Hopefully they'll have more significant roles in the upcoming issues.
The artwork is pretty ok.
The worst part according to me, in this book is..John Constantine. Very rarely do I come across a character that I despise a lot. And unfortunately, this book can even be called as a "John Constantine" , rather than "Justice League Dark", my point being that Constantine has too much focus than the other heroes/heroines.
Nonetheless, this book is a pretty decent read. But I do sincerely hope that in the future issues, the other main characters also get more focus. Also, on a personal note, this book is WAY better than the god-awful "Justice League" .
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