JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK 23
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Mikel Janin
Reviewer: Rob Patey (aka Optimous Douche Ain’t It Cool News)
Deadlines loom at work and at Ain’t It Cool, so this is going to be a short update on Trinity War this week.
Let’s start with the last page and work our way backwards. WITHOUT a doubt the big bad nemesis manipulating Earth’s heroes and the ethereal trinity is none other than Alfred Pennyworth. Popular pundits predict this is an Earth 3 Alfred, head of the infamous Pre-52 Crime Syndicate. I can say with certainty now it’s either him or Peter Sellers struck blind of good fashion sense.
This reveal happens below a Greek ruin where the ever elusive Xanadu has been in her roller-disco…different Xanadu sorry…confined by Peter Sellers. She’s discovered by Zatanna and Constantine the only two to escape a raucous pummel fest in the subterranean layers of A.R.G.U.S.
This pummel fest between the conjoined members of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, JUSTICE LEAGUE and JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA as everyone tries to get their hands on Pandora’s box…I mean skull. You’ll remember in the last installment, Wonder Woman was the keeper of the corrupting evil. This issue everyone gets skull fucked. We get a Black Azam when Billy get corrupted by the third eye of evil, then Aquaman wants a piece, hell even Hawkman finally does something in the New 52.
The only thing that confused me about this scene (which is a heavy brunt of the book) is why no one tried to leave once they had the box. Instead everyone fights in a 12×12 space. Ah well, who am I to judge Earth’s greatest heroes? While I don’t agree with the execution, Lemire has a lot of fun using Zatanna’s backwards speak to control the situation. “Wings of lead,” was probably my favorite spell that fell the mighty Hawkman’s advances.
Over at the House of Mystery Deadman is the one to deduce where Xanadu is being held captive and of course Constantine abuses his knowledge of magic to get a step ahead of Bats and the rest.
It’s also worth mentioning that Waller is finally confronted about her double dealing doings. How does she respond? Well, she lies through her teeth of course, solidifying her place as the most ambiguous hero in the world next to Lex Luthor (not a typo – Lex ain’t all bad if you listen to his rationale some time).
All in all another fine chapter in this tightly contained event. We all know this is buildup to the already seemingly out-of-control cover cacophony of Villains Month, but since we’re not Xanadu we can ignore the future and simply enjoy what is this week.