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Wonder Woman and the Justice League Dark are in a race against time as the Otherkind close in on the magical community! The world's magic is fading, and new enemies have appeared to take advantage of Earth's weakness. Doctor Fate has assembled the Lords of Order, trapping the magical community on Earth. In order to save magic, the Justice League Dark must escape Doctor Wonder Woman and the Justice League Dark are in a race against time as the Otherkind close in on the magical community! The world's magic is fading, and new enemies have appeared to take advantage of Earth's weakness. Doctor Fate has assembled the Lords of Order, trapping the magical community on Earth. In order to save magic, the Justice League Dark must escape Doctor Fate's snares and fight the Otherkind. But can they do all of that without calling on even more dangerous powers for assistance? Collects Justice League Dark #8-12 and Annual #1


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Wonder Woman and the Justice League Dark are in a race against time as the Otherkind close in on the magical community! The world's magic is fading, and new enemies have appeared to take advantage of Earth's weakness. Doctor Fate has assembled the Lords of Order, trapping the magical community on Earth. In order to save magic, the Justice League Dark must escape Doctor Wonder Woman and the Justice League Dark are in a race against time as the Otherkind close in on the magical community! The world's magic is fading, and new enemies have appeared to take advantage of Earth's weakness. Doctor Fate has assembled the Lords of Order, trapping the magical community on Earth. In order to save magic, the Justice League Dark must escape Doctor Fate's snares and fight the Otherkind. But can they do all of that without calling on even more dangerous powers for assistance? Collects Justice League Dark #8-12 and Annual #1

30 review for Justice League Dark, Vol. 2: Lords of Order

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Picks up after the Witching Hour, the Otherkind are killing anyone with magic. Meanwhile Dr. Fate and the Lords of Order have decided to destroy magic completely to save Earth. There's a lot going on. This has the epic feel of an event book. Tynion is clicking on all cylinders with this. There's also a Swamp Thing story from the annual that makes me want to see Tynion write a Swamp Thing series. It's got that same horror roots vibe that Vertigo era Swamp Thing did as well. I really like where Picks up after the Witching Hour, the Otherkind are killing anyone with magic. Meanwhile Dr. Fate and the Lords of Order have decided to destroy magic completely to save Earth. There's a lot going on. This has the epic feel of an event book. Tynion is clicking on all cylinders with this. There's also a Swamp Thing story from the annual that makes me want to see Tynion write a Swamp Thing series. It's got that same horror roots vibe that Vertigo era Swamp Thing did as well. I really like where this series is headed. Great stuff!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    James Tynion is working his own brand of magic on this series. Tynion is clearly one of the best writers in comics today. He just has the uncanny ability to tell great stories featuring an ensemble of characters. In this volume Tynion expands the lore and mythology of the magical universe of DC comics. I have to say the artist team her is superb. The art is just as excited as the dialogue. The pacing gin this book is spot on and I look forward to each issue. In this book we go back and revisit James Tynion is working his own brand of magic on this series. Tynion is clearly one of the best writers in comics today. He just has the uncanny ability to tell great stories featuring an ensemble of characters. In this volume Tynion expands the lore and mythology of the magical universe of DC comics. I have to say the artist team her is superb. The art is just as excited as the dialogue. The pacing gin this book is spot on and I look forward to each issue. In this book we go back and revisit the Constantine origin which Tynion flawlessly incorporates into Zatanna's past. Zatanna has always tried to stay away from the darker side of magic where as Constantine is a product of dark magic. What is very surprising is how well Wonder Woman fits in the magical side of DC Comics. Mr. Tynion done something so obvious that it is surprising that DC writers over the years never considered making the famed super heroine the central focus of magic in the DCU. Probably for me her conversation with Batman really captures what Wonder Woman & Justice League Dark are all about. Wonder Woman was born into the world of magic and myth so she understands it was time for her to embrace that world. The stakes have never been so high for the magic realms of DC. I highly recommend readers wanting to get into the magic side of DC read: Shadowpact, Volume 1: The Pentacle Plot, Swamp Thing, Volume 1: Raise Them Bones, Demon Knights, Volume 1: Seven Against the Dark, Shazam! Volume 1, Justice League Dark, Volume 1: In the Dark and Zatanna, Vol. 1: The Mistress of Magic. Hope these recommendations will wet DC readers appetites for the magical side of DC comics.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    With the Otherkind literally at the door of the Oblivion Bar, the Justice League Dark are running out of options. Unfortunately, that means another group have taken matters into their own hands, and the Lords Of Order have a way of winning the battle that will mean no magic will exist ever again! And in the wake of the Lords Of Order, Swamp Thing faces a new threat when the Floronic Man returns. God, I love this series. It's got all the sweeping grandiosity of a comic book event, encapsulated in With the Otherkind literally at the door of the Oblivion Bar, the Justice League Dark are running out of options. Unfortunately, that means another group have taken matters into their own hands, and the Lords Of Order have a way of winning the battle that will mean no magic will exist ever again! And in the wake of the Lords Of Order, Swamp Thing faces a new threat when the Floronic Man returns. God, I love this series. It's got all the sweeping grandiosity of a comic book event, encapsulated in a monthly comic, and it's all effortlessly done. The threat of Nabu and the Lords Of Order makes perfect sense in context, and manages to make the plight of the JLD even more hopeless than ever before as they scramble around to deal with not one but two problems at once. And of course there's still a lot of personal problems to deal with - Wonder Woman's still feeling the repercussions of the Witching Hour, Zatanna and Constantine are on the outs, Detective Chimp's recovering from the destruction of Myrrah, and don't even get me started on poor Man-Bat. Also included is another one-off issue like #8 in which we get three mini-stories that check in on a few characters, and the absolutely brilliant JLD Annual #1 which makes me want a Tynion IV penned Swamp Thing solo series like RIGHT NOW. On art is Alvaro Martinez Bueno as usual, who goes from strength to strength. Whenever he and Tynion IV pair up, it's pure magic (pun intended). The one-off stories in #13 are by Mark Buckingham, Daniel Sampere, and Miguel Mendonca, who work well in tandem, while Guillem March's spindly, elongated art is a perfect fit for the hyper-creepy Annual. This one's a win all around. JLD is on fire, and I hope it burns for years to come.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. If those who master the art of dark magic are left disarmed and on their knees facing something far stronger and impossible to understand, what hope does humanity have left to survive the chaos to come? It’s during such predicaments that heroes endeavour and find solutions that are beyond their comfort zone, things that would allow them to vanquish evil at the cost of something they would never have dared put on the table. James Tynion IV You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. If those who master the art of dark magic are left disarmed and on their knees facing something far stronger and impossible to understand, what hope does humanity have left to survive the chaos to come? It’s during such predicaments that heroes endeavour and find solutions that are beyond their comfort zone, things that would allow them to vanquish evil at the cost of something they would never have dared put on the table. James Tynion IV masterly extends his Justice League Dark run as he continues to handle multiple fascinating heroes in a squad that never seemed remotely possible. From excellent use of humour through banter to formidable emotional colloquy between heroes, this series pursues its intimate exploration of countless characters while delving into epic cosmic events that only the Justice League Dark could possibly handle. What is Justice League Dark: Lords of Order about? Collecting Justice League Dark #8-12 and Annual #1, the story takes place after the events in The Last Age of Magic and The Witching Hour. While Wonder Woman recuperates from the overwhelming and life-threatening episode where the witch-goddess of magic took possession of her Witchmarked disciples, Doctor Fate assembles the Lords of Order to take advantage of the scar left on Earth with its weaknesses exposed to the world as magic continues to fade away. Although the Justice League Dark is still threatened by the Otherkind, they have to find a way to pull free from Doctor Fate’s machiavellian plans before Earth is plunged into a new form of order. To do so, their only solution relies upon chaos itself. I believe this has to be James Tynion IV’s strongest comic book run so far as he still does a marvelous job with this team of heroes—giving me hope that his upcoming Batman run will be just as strong. With magic fainting on Earth and our defenders of sorcery struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel with the Otherkind squeezing its way through the multiverse, their odds of defeating this evil grow slim while Doctor Fate profits of this situation to bring forth the Lords of Order and a new law of magic to dictate Earth from henceforth. As James Tynion IV builds the magical lore of the DC universe through this series, he doesn’t waste a second to plunge the reader into Nabu’s shenanigans that will force Wonder Woman and Zatanna to seek help from someone that no one wants to mess with. What’s even more impressive about this series is its scope. It doesn’t solely look into delivering a grand dose of world-building exposition, as James Tynion IV still remains a great storyteller at heart who doesn’t shy away from giving the readers lots of information to chew on—the upside is that the artwork offers just as much to admire, balancing the whole in the end. The volume also delves deeper into the psyche of each member of the Justice League Dark and their personal plights. In fact, each one of them is struggling to live with consequences of their actions, from Wonder Woman and her reconciliation with her occult past as well as her ability to understand magic to Detective Chimp and his broken promise regarding the land of Myrrah. To see how it affects them while they still think of the larger-scale issue that takes form in front of them is impressive and well-executed as a whole. I am also completely sold by Alvaro Martínez Bueno’s artwork (as well as his colleagues) throughout this volume as he continues to execute some of the most fanciful ideas that were explored throughout the story through his visionary artistic style. Not only is the character designs slick, but the panel structure is also ingenious, playing around with juxtapositions and original layouts that allow for excellent storytelling charisma. In fact, there are instances in the story where heroes make use of some of the most absurd and devastating magic that simply alter reality and our perception of it, and the artwork does it justice by breaking the conventional comic book structure and exploring different ways to illustrate these grandiose ideas. The colouring is also near-perfection with excellent work with shadows and tone, giving the volume the desired effect both in terms of realism and mysticism. Surprisingly enough, even the included Annual #1, titled A Carious Bloom, written by James Tynion IV and Ram V, while illustrated by Guillem March and coloured by Arif Prianto, was truly astonishing. Without giving too much away, this story gives us a glimpse of it would be like if they were to write a Swamp Thing story and it’s truly original from start to finish. This story also ties in with the events in Justice League Dark by introducing a new earthly villain. Justice League Dark: Lords of Order is a sumptuous story arc where magic meets chaos as new foes rise and catalyze the impending mayhem of an inevitable witching war. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  5. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    This series just keeps on rocking. Tynion brings in the entire cast of DC's magic users in a story that reads like an epic crossover event, with incredible stakes that still manage to be grounded enough to feel like it all matters. All this in one of the best team line-ups I've seen in a comic, where everybody gets significant and important roles and enough page time to not feel shoe-horned into the book for no good reason. I have to admit, I did feel a bit lost in places — partly because Tynion This series just keeps on rocking. Tynion brings in the entire cast of DC's magic users in a story that reads like an epic crossover event, with incredible stakes that still manage to be grounded enough to feel like it all matters. All this in one of the best team line-ups I've seen in a comic, where everybody gets significant and important roles and enough page time to not feel shoe-horned into the book for no good reason. I have to admit, I did feel a bit lost in places — partly because Tynion does get pretty wordy with his writing, partly because I don't remember the events of two previous books too well, but none of it took away from the reading experience that much for me, I still enjoyed the hell out of this story. Oh, and the standalone Annual #1 co-written by Tynion and Ram V. felt like a stone cold classic straight out of Alan Moore's iconic Swamp Thing run, an absolute masterwork. I can definitely see myself going back and re-reading this entire run once it wraps up, this one is definitely going to be remembered fondly years down the line.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    5 Punchy volume and extended arc compared to the previous volume. I enjoyed the character interactions and the clear setting-up for the next volume. This has a strong story and is visually incredible. I had been one foot in and one foot out with this initially, but it's now so much better than the current Justice League run. This is exactly the style of Justice League Dark I've wanted. Why the 5? It does the basics right. You have a clear villain and purpose. The team is divided a little here and 5 Punchy volume and extended arc compared to the previous volume. I enjoyed the character interactions and the clear setting-up for the next volume. This has a strong story and is visually incredible. I had been one foot in and one foot out with this initially, but it's now so much better than the current Justice League run. This is exactly the style of Justice League Dark I've wanted. Why the 5? It does the basics right. You have a clear villain and purpose. The team is divided a little here and the outcome may have lead to their success, but there is still the set-up of the next antagonist. James Tynion has never been a strong writer for me, and I tend to be on the fence with him, but here he is at home. I'm starting to come around with the guy and I tend to find he is at home here with the Justice League Dark characters. The Woods is a series I'm eager to sink my teeth into, and actually read the first volume years ago, it's just a little hard to find around here. I'm now awaiting volume 3.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Justice League Dark goes...well freaking dark. True to its name, we are in the magic and dark realm baby. When someone wants to take all the magic from every user on earth, will there be anyone or anything to stop them? That's the story here with Wonder Woman and Zanata trying to find a way to stop that. On top of that we get the first annual and it's all about Swamp Thing. To be honest the main story was pretty good but not great for me. I was ready to go with a 3 out of 5. Then the annual came, Justice League Dark goes...well freaking dark. True to its name, we are in the magic and dark realm baby. When someone wants to take all the magic from every user on earth, will there be anyone or anything to stop them? That's the story here with Wonder Woman and Zanata trying to find a way to stop that. On top of that we get the first annual and it's all about Swamp Thing. To be honest the main story was pretty good but not great for me. I was ready to go with a 3 out of 5. Then the annual came, and OMG, I loved it. Easily one of my favorite single issues for Swamp Thing. I'm really hoping this series keeps diving into the lives of the members and also the interactions between them all is gold. A 4 out of 5.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    Not bad, but more action than substance. Like most stories about magic, there's a lot of "hand waving" to explain what is going on. Names and objects of power are mentioned, but not having read much of the DC magic genre, I can't tell if they are existing things in the DC universe that I'm not aware of, or if Tynion is adding to the fabric of the DC Universe. I've found magic centered series to be difficult. IMO, there needs to be rules to using magic so the reader can both gauge and rank the Not bad, but more action than substance. Like most stories about magic, there's a lot of "hand waving" to explain what is going on. Names and objects of power are mentioned, but not having read much of the DC magic genre, I can't tell if they are existing things in the DC universe that I'm not aware of, or if Tynion is adding to the fabric of the DC Universe. I've found magic centered series to be difficult. IMO, there needs to be rules to using magic so the reader can both gauge and rank the strength and weaknesses of characters and also to create drama. When a character is in a dire situation, and pulls out a spell that's never been heard of and resolves the conflict, that's not any fun. Tynion has been using this series to rewrite the rules of magic in the (current) DC universe. This volume brings all of the plots in this series to a conflict in order to do so. The old rules are gone but as to what the new rules are remains to be seen. This volume lacked Tynion's usual moments of characterization (which I genuinely enjoy) except for one or two moments (my favorite being the conversation between Zatanna and Constantine. It's basically been setup getting to this point. We'll see how he does with this new clean slate.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dubzor

    I was really digging this series until I had an epiphany... This is basically everything Jason Aaron did already with Dr. Strange and War of the Realms. The "death of magic" the "re-learning of magic after it's repaired" the looming threat of an oncoming war. It's all there... That leaves me in a bit of a quandary. This volume in particular goes back and forth between "aww that's cool" and "really? That's where you're going with this?" It's like riding a very unsafe roller coaster that constantly I was really digging this series until I had an epiphany... This is basically everything Jason Aaron did already with Dr. Strange and War of the Realms. The "death of magic" the "re-learning of magic after it's repaired" the looming threat of an oncoming war. It's all there... That leaves me in a bit of a quandary. This volume in particular goes back and forth between "aww that's cool" and "really? That's where you're going with this?" It's like riding a very unsafe roller coaster that constantly gives you whiplash. There's a lot of good here. I'm not saying there isn't. Tynion's character work and eye for subtle details is impeccable...but it's still ground we've already covered before. Is it handled better than "The Last Days of Magic?" Probably...it's not really a fair comparison in my opinion. What I will say is that I really didn't want this to lead into something where I would have to track down endless issues of crossover material in order to understand...that feels like homework, and I hate homework with my comics.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shawna Hunter

    No story is perfect. There are a few rushed plot lines here but overall? I finished the book and wanted to flip back to page 1 and do it again. This story was fantastic. Magic in chaos, monsters on the loose, powers being destroyed, others rising to new heights and all the while our heroes have no clue what to do. It's a story of tragedy, of evil and of hope struggling to endure when it can do nothing to calm the storm. The story ends with a set up of more to come and I cannot wait because, for No story is perfect. There are a few rushed plot lines here but overall? I finished the book and wanted to flip back to page 1 and do it again. This story was fantastic. Magic in chaos, monsters on the loose, powers being destroyed, others rising to new heights and all the while our heroes have no clue what to do. It's a story of tragedy, of evil and of hope struggling to endure when it can do nothing to calm the storm. The story ends with a set up of more to come and I cannot wait because, for the first time, I genuinely don't know who will win.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    3.5 Perhaps one of my favorite Dark arcs. I believe I am missing a connecting incident and this is really a magical non magical team. But overall an enjoyable mix.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eli Seibert

    Tynion is straight up killing it with this series. First with his Detective Comics run, and now this... the guy sure knows how to write superhero team books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    A terrific example for the main Justice League series of how to pull off a universe-altering plot without getting bogged down in minutiae. Not that there aren't plenty of incoherent facts tossed in solely for the DC completionist - Justice League Dark is still plenty dense in Lords of Order. But it all makes sense to a neophyte like me, which is easily worth an extra star. The long and short of it: The Lords of Order have decided to eliminate the Otherkind by eliminating their food source: magic. A terrific example for the main Justice League series of how to pull off a universe-altering plot without getting bogged down in minutiae. Not that there aren't plenty of incoherent facts tossed in solely for the DC completionist - Justice League Dark is still plenty dense in Lords of Order. But it all makes sense to a neophyte like me, which is easily worth an extra star. The long and short of it: The Lords of Order have decided to eliminate the Otherkind by eliminating their food source: magic. The universe's magical beings naturally find that plan to be less than ideal, so Lords of Order is primarily about those beings A. running from the Lords of Order, and B. trying to come up with a new plan. Honestly, surprisingly simple! The art continues to be fantastic, crisp, dark, and cool, and one of the main draws for sure. The annual issue at the end is mostly a showcase for Swamp Thing and his unique corner of the universe. It's creepy and quiet and sad, so definitely the perfect after-dinner mint for the big, clanking Lords of Order narrative.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    3.5 stars JLD remains visually dazzling and fun to read, though I‘m less enamored that vol2 follows a single “epic stakes” storyline for the entire book instead of vol1’s shorter, more diverse story format. The chaos vs order premise threatens to veer into self-serious comic nonsense, but then pulls back and gives the artists license to play with some fascinating thematic page layouts (a trend held over from vol1 that I loved) including one very meta section with Zatanna mid-fight that really won 3.5 stars JLD remains visually dazzling and fun to read, though I‘m less enamored that vol2 follows a single “epic stakes” storyline for the entire book instead of vol1’s shorter, more diverse story format. The chaos vs order premise threatens to veer into self-serious comic nonsense, but then pulls back and gives the artists license to play with some fascinating thematic page layouts (a trend held over from vol1 that I loved) including one very meta section with Zatanna mid-fight that really won me over. The dark magical setting also enables the art to be weird without feeling unnatural, and nearly all of the new character designs are clever and lovely to stare at. Here’s hoping vol3 leans a little more on the mischievous humor and shorter stories of vol1.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Justice League Dark was decent in its first trade, but the second one improves on it quite a bit. The Otherkind are running rampant, and the Lords of Order are involved. Those guys are problems, but someone left some really long term plans to stop those guys. Who that is was a bit of a surprise that somewhat retcons some of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run. I thought the twists were nice, but I'm not sure what to think about that. Still, this volume was a step in the right direction over all as far Justice League Dark was decent in its first trade, but the second one improves on it quite a bit. The Otherkind are running rampant, and the Lords of Order are involved. Those guys are problems, but someone left some really long term plans to stop those guys. Who that is was a bit of a surprise that somewhat retcons some of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run. I thought the twists were nice, but I'm not sure what to think about that. Still, this volume was a step in the right direction over all as far as I'm concerned.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    In which Tynion puts out a more Vertig book than the re-launched Vertigo has been... Set after the JLD/Wonder Woman crossover The Witching Hour, this volume pits our assembled magi against the Otherkind as they attempt to wipe out every vestige of magic on Earth.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Great art, huge stakes, and a satisfying end to the whole thing that makes sense, has consequences, and leaves interesting loose threads for later stories.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emmanuel Nevers

    Justice League Dark is killing it!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Iris Nevers

    [Read in single issues] The whole build up to the breaking of magic really has me shook. This book is just too intense. Gotta read it when you're ready for serious stuff to go down!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Viviana

    [[Need to finish the last bit]]

  21. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    I am a big fan of the art used in this series. The JLA Dark is getting excellent treatment in story form, art, and character progression. Fantastic from page to page!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Guzman

    A cool story with awesome art and a glimpse of John Constantine's past.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Justin Lehman

  24. 4 out of 5

    Serenarae

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  26. 5 out of 5

    Derek Newman-Stille

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nate

  28. 5 out of 5

    James

  29. 4 out of 5

    Persephone

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dimitra

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