Continuing on my 2019 reading goal the second book I caught up was The Witching Hour. This was a 5 part book published by DC, and was a cross over between Wonder Woman, Justice League Dark and two solo books. It was written by James T Tynion IV, art by Jesús Merino, and came out through out the month of October of 2018.
I read issue one once it came out and kind of set the other books aside so I could read it in a sitting. Similar to the last run I read of the Terrifics this is a team book following the Justice League Dark (Wonder Woman, Zatana, Bobo The Dectective Chimp, Man-Bat and Swamp Thing) and also adds in a few old members to the Justice League Dark in John John Constantine and Deadman. While you don’t have to read the first three issues of Justice League Dark, it really builds up the start to where the story is going. As those issues show that magic is slowly fading off in the Earth and the Justice League Dark was formed under Wonder Woman to try and figure out why. As we learn in Part 1 of The Witching Hour, Wonder Woman had been given the witches mark and the rest of the story is how the Justice League Dark will try and fix this.
- The art in this book is crazy good, and it stayed that way between all the issues. While that is something that shouldn’t normally be a pro of staying consistent, it doesn’t always happen with these cross overs.
- Every book was on time and it only took a month to get them. While I personally wasn’t reading weekly, a lot of these events have that issue which can be a bummer.
- The story is really compelling and it’s nice that is a fairly quick read being only 5 years. It brings to life the Justice League Dark which is a group I have been wanting to check out over the last few years but hasn’t had anything new coming out.
- Biggest issue is the team worked together sort of well but at the end of it only one person was really needed to complete the task at hand. I get that not all things need to be solved in full by the team, but as I mentioned in the Terrific earlier most team books don’t have the team utilized as much as I’d like.
- The story itself isn’t quite self contained which is a bummer if you aren’t already reading the Justice League Dark book.
Overall: 3.5/5 – A good fun Justice League Dark story, but missing the teamwork I’d hope from a team centered book.
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