Following the events of No Justice, Wonder Woman takes command of the semi-official magical branch of the Justice League. Her team consists of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat and…Detective Chimp?
I think if you look up the definition of rag tag in the dictionary you’ll find the cover to this collection.
It sounds weird, but it works.
Collecting issues 1-3 and 5-6 of the new Justice League Dark series, this collection sets the tone and gives us a new non-team to root for. That’s right, I just referenced the Defenders. You know why? Because I think that’s the most apt reference point for what the creative team is trying to achieve here.
First of all, we’ve got a member of the Trinity helming the team. That shouldn’t work and wouldn’t work if it were Batman or Superman. However, given Wonder Woman’s magical/mythology origins, she’s the perfect person to spearhead this group.
You’ve got Zatanna to bring the formal magic. You’ve got an elemental in Swamp Thing. You’ve got the curious yet skeptical scientist in Man-Bat. And, with Detective Chimp, you’ve got a monkey in a deerstalker hat carrying a magical sword.
Come on! That’s beautiful.
The creative team of James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez and Brad Anderson really deliver on the quirky premise. The story is one of hard decisions, their consequences and redemption. That’s what you want when you’re trying to establish a premise like this.
I’m still not sure why DC seems intent on the JL Dark moniker being a thing. Too many Avengers teams watered down the name. Nobody is using Night Force. Why not give that a reboot. Hell, come up with something new altogether.
All in all, The Last Age of Magic is a welcome debut for a quirky team of magical heroes that I can heartily recommend.
Give it a read.
Justice League Dark: The Last Age of Magic is available now wherever you get your comics.