Justice League Dark, Volume Three: The Death of Magic

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Graphic Novels | DC Comics

Justice League Dark #3.0

My Rating: ★★★

From the three stars I’m sure you can gather I really enjoyed this graphic novel. And I can confirm I definitely did. I don’t think I liked it as much as Justice League Dark, Volume 2: The Books of Magic, as I did have some slight problems with it.

My first criticism is the very random and out of the blue romance between Deadman and Madame Xanadu. There was absolutely zero foreshadowing for this romance, in fact, I can barely remember a time they had a substantial conversation. In hindsight, I can see this is just a minor flaw but up until this point I was really enjoying the story-telling. Although had it been handled better, I can really see Deadman and Madame Xanadu becoming an item.

My second criticism is the biggest gripe I have with this graphic novel and it’s that Zatanna was barely in it. Was she in another graphic novel at this point in time and that’s why she wasn’t able to be in JLD? I’m not sure. However it would’ve been nice to have a more ‘human’ character on the team as well as another female character.

Apart from those slight gripes, I found the story really compelling. My favourite thing about Justice League Dark is that the basis of these stories are rooted and magic and I love it. Also, unlike a few graphic novels I’ve read this one felt really consistent with the story through-out and each issue intertwined with one another really well. The dialogue between the characters is typical very witty and I love the platonic chemistry they share. Although each character is great, Constantine provides the most comic relief and it’s fantastic.

There are also some guest appearances from the Flash and Swamp Thing! I’ve yet to read a graphic novel with Swamp Thing, and it’s always great to meet a new character in the DC Universe. I’m a huge fan of the Flash, courtesy of the CW’s show, as well as Geoff John’s Justice League, Volume 1: Origin series. Also I think guest appearances are really great as it livens up the story a little more and sometimes makes it a little more exciting when you add a new dynamic into the team.

I’m highly anticipating the next volume in this series (which will be whenever my library decides to get it!) and I have my fingers crossed for the return of Zatanna!

Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns

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Graphic Novels | Superheroes | DC Comics

My Rating: ★★★★☆

I was pretty impressed upon finishing Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis. I am definitely aware of the mixed reviews towards this graphic novel, but personally this volume really appealed to my reading tastes.

I’ll start my review of with a brief history of my reading experience with this series thus far:

Justice League, Volume 1: Origin – I gave ★★★☆☆. I wasn’t totally enthralled whilst reading, nor did this volume excite me about the series. However I thought it was a solid beginning and I therefore gave it a chance and decided to continue with the series.

Justice League, Volume 2: The Villain’s Journey – I gave ★★☆☆☆ and was honestly less than impressed with. I wasn’t a fan of the quarrel’s within the League, I really wanted (and expected) them to start working as a team more. The plot felt like it jumped around too much and there was also a noticeable discrepancy between the character’s ‘screen’ time, so to speak.

However I had a complete change of heart with Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis because I pretty much loved it. (I don’t want to hype it up too much for anyone as this could be a real fluke.)

Within the first couple of pages of this volume I felt like I noticed a huge improvement with the quality of story-telling. It felt a lot cleaner and easier to follow. This may be because the characters actually started to get along more and it was apparent they shared a mutual goal.

I will criticise the plot slightly and say the first chapters or so really go against the grain of the title, as it has nothing to do with Atlantis. I think this was worth mentioning as it may mislead some people. But personally it did entertain me, as I have not yet read a comic with Cheetah and was excited to learn more about her relationship with Diana. Not to mention it really exhibited the growth of the team and their willingness and wantingness (whoops that’s not a word) to help each other out and work together.

As well as this, I loved the involvement of Atlantis in this series because aside from this comic series, I know very little about Aquaman and Atlantis. [This could be why I liked it so much.]

Secondly, I thought the characters were much more likeable – which was largely due to the fact that they wanted to work together more. Aside from the weird absence of The Flash, [whom is my favourite 😥 and I can’t recall if this absence was explained…] I felt like there was more of a balance between the characters ‘screen’ time.

I truly can’t wait to start the next volume in the series, it was left on a great cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see which characters [villainous and otherwise] that will be introduced!