Justice League Dark #3 “The Last Age of Magic: Conclusion”
Writer: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Alvaro Martinez Bueno
Inks: Raul Fernandez
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover: Martinez Bueno, Fernandez, Anderson
The Upside Down Man has entered into our world and all that stands in his way is the Justice League Dark. But will the Upside Down Man’s omnipotent power be too much for this newly formed team? As they come together face to face with true horror and fear, the Justice League Dark will be tested none the less. Will someone step up and shine victories against this new threat or will the Justice League Dark fall as fast as they assembled? Can someone still have a trick up their sleeve? “A magician never reveals his secrets.” Welcome to the World of the Upside Down Man. Strap yourselves in, sit tight, and prepare to scream in terror. No exit’s this world alive.
Betrayal! The newly formed Justice League Dark team is in search to finally get the answers they have been questioning. What is wrong with magic, how can they fix it, and who is coming to reclaim it back? All questions that should have gotten answered when they went to Salem, Massachusetts to The Tower of Fate; only there they did not find what they were looking for. At the Tower of Fate a dark secret has come to light and the earth’s strongest magician has betrayed his colleagues of the mystic arts. Now, with opening a gateway to another dimension pure of energy, someone steps into ours. Ladies and Gentlemen rise and begin your applause for The Master of Horror, The one who has come to feed, TheUpside Down Man!
We begin with a flashback of Zatanna as a young child. Remembering how her father thought her how to use magic, not any ordinary magic, but Zatara’s signature backward magic. Every morning was the same, but in the end, Zatanna could feel the pure energy of magic around her. With a waring Zatara told her daughter the price of magic and those who watch when people used it.
Flash-forward in the Tower of Fate, The Upside Down Man begins to look around to gaze at its new surroundings. Amused to see Wonder Woman and Zatanna in his way, he begins to attack them. Detective Chimp and Man-Bat see otherwise and swoop in to intervene this new menace. With amusement, The Upside Down Man gets rid of Detective Chimp in an instant and true horror rushes to the faces of his old teammates.
Outside The Tower of Fate, The Protector of The Green and Elemental Guardian has seen enough of this terror that has fallen over his friends and teammates. He will not stand oddly by as his friends are hurt, but Swamp Thing soon quickly finds out that not even an Elemental Guardian can stop true horror. And what was green had become to ash. As one by one The Justice League Dark fall, John Constantine must step up to the plate and stop magic at its purest form. Conjuring on of the most powerful incantations he has ever done, Constantine hopes to end the madness. Only this horror show has no series finale, no cancellations here, Pain and suffering are its bedfellows, and agony is its desire. With everyone gone the Upside Down Man makes his way into our world and to the Tree of Wonder, his mission ready to continue; As Wonder Woman blocks his way, she being to intrigue The Upside Down Man.
Quote of this issue:
“Would you also attempt to throw a bucket of ocean water into a tsunami?”