DC Comics
Justice League Dark and Wonder Woman - the Witching Hour #1
By Deejay Dayton
Nov 2, 2018 - 19:10

DC Comics
Writer(s): James Tynion IV
Artist(s): Jesus Merino, Fernando Blanco, Miguel Mendonca
Colourist(s): Romulo Fajardo Jr
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh
Cover Artist(s): David Yardin, Riccardo Federici
$4.99, 48 pages

I had been wondering about the purpose of the Witching Hour crossover. My assumption had been that it was primarily to promote the new Justice League Dark book. While that was doubtlessly part of the intent, this concluding chapter reveals that Wonder Woman was the real focus of the storyline.

Oh, and before I forget, I need to bitch about the titling of this book. Despite being a #1 issue, this is the final part of the story. That’s just sort of shameful, and confusing, to have two Witching Hour #1s in the same story arc. Yes, the lead in words are shifted around, but I cannot imagine that sales would have dropped off drastically had they just called this the second issue. The story itself is strong enough to hold a reader.

Madame Xanadu gets to play a part in this one, and there are other magical players who cameo alongside Justice League Dark as they face off against Hecate’s mind controlled minions. Manitou Dawn and Black Orchid get freed from her control near the start of the issue, but that’s fine. As I said, it’s Wonder Woman who is the focus of the story here.

Without really giving anything away, by the end of the crossover Wonder Woman has come to realize she needs to explore the magical side of herself. This will certainly play out in the pages of Justice League Dark, and make it easier for her to be part of that group. But I suspect that it is also intended to give a new direction to her own book.

Wonder Woman’s series has taken quite a few directions over the years. She has been a classic superhero, but also taken the fantasy route. Sometimes the gods have been central to the book, at other times they have been dropped for long periods. But of all the changes she has undergone, I don’t believe exploring her magical side has ever been central to her run. It should make for an entertaining take on the long lived heroine.

A good finale, and a good overall purpose to the crossover storyline, one which opens new doorways for both Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark.

Rating: 9/10

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