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Publisher: New Dawn
Line: Cursed
Status: Ongoing





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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
Concept: A powerful alliance of necessity must be forged in secret to confront threats far too dark for mere “heroes” to handle. .. meet the Justice League Dark!
Cast:
1. Zatanna
2. The Demon Etrigan/Jason Blood
3. Swamp Thing
4. Dr. Fate
5. Amethyst
6. Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley)
7. Zealot
Supporting: “The Warlord” Travis Morgan, Yorick Brown (with Ampersand), Black Alice, Shining Kinght (Ystina)
Villains: Solomon Grundy, Ultra-Humanite, Eclipso, Man-Bat, Wotan, Anton Arcane, Morgaine le Fey


IssuesEdit

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“A DARKER SHADE OF GREY” Part One “CONGREGAMINI, ILLUMINATI”
Sometimes Zatanna doesn't know why she stays with her boyfriend, Yorick. I mean, it's not like he's the last man on Earth, right? But when Yorick's pet monkey inadvertently gets into the affects of her late father, Giovanni Zatara, she discovers that she's inherited more than just a traveling stage show! Unbeknownst to her, she also inherited her father's position on a shadow cabinet that protects the Earth and adjacent realms from the most malevolent of mystical threats! The young magician finds herself representing Earth's homo magi as part of the clandestine secret society that confronts threats that “heroes” are ill-suited to handle. She is now a freshman member of... The Justice League Dark! Summoned to the otherworldly Tower of Fate by the League's mysterious leader, the enigmatic Dr. Fate, Zatanna meets her new collaborators: warden of the Green and prime minister of the Parliament of Trees, Swamp Thing; princess of Gemworld, Amethyst; new lord of demonkind, Etrigan; leader of the Coda warrior women, Zealot; and dark knight, Jean Paul Valley, a.k.a. Azrael! But has the JLD reunited too late to stop the Grey and the Parliament of Decay from choosing the sinister Solomon Grundy as its new Avatar of Death?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #2
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“A DARKER SHADE OF GREY” Part Two “CONGREGAMINI, ILLUMINATI”
Will the whole world die on a Saturday and be buried on Sunday? It just might, because Solomon Grundy has ascended to become the avatar of death, and in his rage he threatens to unleash the full wrath of the Parliament of Decay - turning the Earth into a withered husk! But before he can create this paradise of the dead, he must face the newly reunited Justice League Dark! And he's ready, having risen champions to defend him... Old enemies and old friends, the JLD's past has literally come back to haunt them! Who from the pasts of Swamp Thing, Etrigan, Zealot, Azrael, Amethyst, and Dr. Fate isn't staying dead? And can Zatanna find the strength to fight... her recently deceased father?
Meanwhile, Zatanna's boyfriend Yorick and his Capuncin monkey Ampersand continue to search through the effects of the late Giovanni Zatara. Will they realize what they've found when they stumble across Eclipso's “Heart of Darkness”?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #3
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“POLITICS AND RELIGION”
Former Governor of Massachusetts and esteemed military veteran, Kent Nelson, has announced that he's seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Can the so-called "Lord of Order" appeal to young conservatives? And can Swamp Thing convince his alter-ego, Dr. Fate, to adopt a green energy platform?
Meanwhile, Azrael has tracked the fugitive Dr. Kirk Langstrom to the dark valleys between the Carpathian Mountains. Unfortunately for him, the doctor's been busy. The power he's granted a rural community has convinced the townsfolk to worship him as a god. Can even Azrael, Zealot, and Etrigan clean out a village-sized nest of fundamentalist Man-Bats? Back-up story!
“THY WILL BE DONE” Part One, Prelude to “SLAVE NEW WORLD”
Zatanna's boyfriend Yorick Brown has come into unwitting contact with the Heart of Darkness. Now, he and his monkey Ampersand are possessed, body and soul, by the most malevolent spirit of wrath, Eclipso! Eclipso has big plans for Earth and its adjacent realms, and his first step is to seek out allies. Can he form a truly unholy alliance with fellow mass mind-control enthusiast, the Ultra-Humanite? Pray to whatever god you believe in that he cannot!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #4
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“THE UNEASY RIDE”
Dr. Fate's scrying suggests that two of his most mystically powerful enemies, the insidious warlock Wotan and the blasphemous sorceress Morgaine le Fey, have established a base... on the moon! With magical countermeasures preventing any teleportation, Fate must find a more conventional way to get the Demon Etrigan, Swamp Thing, Amethyst, Azrael, Zealot, and Zatanna to the unnatural castle on Earth's natural satellite! His solution comes in the form of the Main Man, Lobo, and his fleet of smoke-belchin' Space Hogs! Time to ride or die! But... what's in it for Lobo? And why does this whole situation smell like a trap?
“THY WILL BE DONE” Part Two, Prelude to “SLAVE NEW WORLD”
The insidious Eclipso, having possessed the body of Zatanna's boyfriend Yorick Brown, has forged an unholy alliance with the Ultra-Humanite. These two mind-domination specialists have big plans, but they require an insular location with a strong-willed populous... for testing. They've found their perfect Petri dish... in the savage land of Skartaris! But Skartaris' king, “The Warlord” Travis Morgan, isn't about to surrender his people's freedom without a fight!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #5
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“RHYMES AGAINST HUMANITY” Part One “HELLBENT FOR LEADER”
The Demon Etrigan recently transitioned from erstwhile heavy metal musician to a position of power in the literal underworld. Given his well known predilection for order over chaos, many devils are unhappy with this, and none more so than the Rhymers - powerful demons who speak only in verse! Sound familiar? Etrigan's own people have forsaken him, and their plans for a coup d'état center on forcing his submission by slaughtering as many humans, plants, and animals as possible! To prevent them from crossing over and effectuating their plans, the Justice League Dark must GO TO HELL! Can Dr. Fate, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Lobo, Azrael, Zealot, and Amethyst hold the line against a host of lyrical demons and their hell-spawned hordes?
“THY WILL BE DONE” Part Three, Prelude to “SLAVE NEW WORLD”
A twisted union of science and technology, it only takes a touch for shards of the Heart of Darkness to enter your system. Then you're their's. The unholy alliance of the Ultra-Humanite and Eclipso, possessing the body of Yorick Brown, have spread their mental domination through all of Skartaris – even to the dinosaurs! Emboldened by success and with newly swollen ranks of mind-controlled slaves, their next target is much more ambitious: Gem World! Can the last free man in Skartaris, the Warlord himself, warn the royal houses of Gem World before it's too late? Is it already too late?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #6
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“RHYMES AGAINST HUMANITY” Part Two “PANDEMONIUM”
The Rhymers have rejected the leadership of their kinsman, the Demon Etrigan. Cut-off from entering the Earth Realm by the Justice League Dark, instead they perform a coup d'état in Hell. The cursed city of Pandemonium has been sacked, with the Rhymers forcibly occupying the seats of power. Now, Dr. Fate, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Lobo, Azrael, Zealot, and Amethyst must besiege the greatest metropolis in the underworld to restore some semblance of order to a dimension of pure chaos... But in the end, who will sit on Pandemonium's throne?
“THY WILL BE DONE” Part Four, Prelude to “SLAVE NEW WORLD”
With their leader Amethyst trapped in hell, the Heart of Darkness spreads unchecked throughout Gem World, enslaving the minds of all it infects. Skartaris has already fallen with only one escapee – the Warlord! Can he rally the survivors of the last two royal houses on Gem World, Topaz and Aquamarine, before both their homelands are completely subjugated by the twisted union of magic and science unleashed by Eclipso and the Ulta-Humanite?
Next: Welcome to a SLAVE NEW WORLD as the Heart of Darkness finally reaches Earth!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #7
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“SLAVE NEW WORLD” Part One “LIBERTY OR DEATH”
Yorick Brown was patient zero. When he touched the Heart of Darkness, he had no idea it would allow the malevolent Eclipso to possess his mind and spirit, nor that he would be the vessel that spreads pieces of the self-replicating Heart to countless other victims. Skartaris and Gem World have already fallen, their citizens added to the army of thralls mentally enslaved by Eclipso and his insidious ally, the Ultra-Humanite. Their next target: Earth!
The invasion begins in the third world, where major powers and "heroes" have always turned a blind eye to the population's suffering. No one comes to save these people. No one... except the Justice League Dark! Dr. Fate summons the League to Nyasir in Africa, where Eclipso's invasion has begun in earnest – but too quickly do they learn that no one is immune to the Heart of Darkness! Etrigan, Lobo, and Amethyst are all infected, leaving Swamp Thing, Zealot, Azrael, Zatanna, and Dr. Fate with a grim, heart-breaking choice: fight their friends or fall! The day is lost, and one member of the League will be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice to allow the others to escape! No jokes, no fake-outs – one member of the Justice League Dark will die! And the survivors will need all the help they can get... even if it comes from the God of War himself! Enter: Kratos!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99
  
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #8
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“SLAVE NEW WORLD” Part Two “THE BLOOD OF PATRIOTS AND TYRANTS”
As self-replicating shards of the Heart of Darkness continue to spread throughout almost the entire population of Nyasir and beyond, creating more thralls for the malevolent Eclipso, the Justice League Dark reels from their losses. Etrigan, Lobo, and Amethyst are possessed, and Kent Nelson – the secret sorcerer known only to a privileged few as Dr. Fate - is dead!
Without its leader, the team splinters. Swamp Thing gathers the dark continent's flora in a failing and seemingly futile effort to contain the Heart of Darkness on his own. Azrael looks for hidden answers in the estate of the late Mr. Nelson, but the disappearance of a former governor and Republican presidential candidate complicates matters and draws unwanted attention to the property. Zealot forms an unlikely friendship with the resurrected God of War, Kratos, and the two cement their bond by attempting to execute Eclipso's accomplice, the Ultra-Humanite! But none of them can succeed without unity. Can Zatanna don Fate's helmet, claim the power of a Lord of Order, and rally the JLD? She'll have to move quickly, as Eclipso's reach is about to extend to the Middle East and Europe...
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

Dec2015
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #9
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“SLAVE NEW WORLD” Part Three “WARNING”
OH GOD. Tiny, self-replicating pieces of the Heart of Darkness are spreading like a global pandemic! Once they enter your system, you have 30 minutes before you become possessed by Eclipso. THEY'RE IN THE INTERNET! If you just read this, it's already too late. I'm sorry, YOU'RE INFECTED! There's no time left, and the Justice League Dark can't help you anymore! Most of them, like Etrigan and Lobo, are already possessed! It's just Swamp Thing, Kratos, and Zatanna left. She's got the helm of Dr. Fate, but can she really make it to the astral plane and kill Eclipso - who makes his primary home in the body of her boyfriend, Yorick Brown? NO! I'm turning. Listen carefully. They can't do it by themselves. If you want to help the League, you have to -
[i]Fools! How dare you resist my gift! I was born of the first shadow when he said let there be light... Now my shadow will eclipse this world! What hope does a plant man, a false god, and a child pretender have of stopping me? It is folly to place your hope in them. You'll be mine before you can finish reading these solicitations. Welcome to your SLAVE NEW WORLD! [/i]
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

Jan 2016
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #10
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“SLAVE NEW WORLD” Epilogue
The Justice League Dark managed to stop Eclipso from ushering in his "slave new world," but the victory was pyrrhic in many ways. As the shards of the mind-controlling Heart of Darkness that infected the planet are rendered inert, the people of Earth awaken to a realm without a Lord of Order. Dr. Fate is dead. The Helmet of Fate is safe with Zatanna, but after being forced to slay her possessed boyfriend Yorick in order to defeat Eclipso, is she ready to don the Helmet on a permanent basis? She may have to be, because her fragmented team needs a powerful leader to bring them back together, and it's either her... or Etrigan!
Meanwhile, Zealot has begun a reformation of the Coda, a sect of warriors devoted to the honor of combat that originated on her home planet of Khera. Azrael, colored by his own traumatic experience as a religiously indoctrinated assassin for the Order of St. Dumas, is highly suspicious of Zealot's new "cult." Will his investigation into the Coda see him come to blows with his one-time teammate? Or will he be the next convert?
And while Amethyst desperately tries to track down Swamp Thing to help the flora of Gem World, Lobo returns to his roots as a bounty hunter. But who put a bounty on Kratos, the God of War? And how's Lobo going to collect it?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

feb 2016
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #11
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“A MOST HELLISH FATE”
[i]"To maintain a balance, magic needs a warder.
I must become a Lord of Order!"[/i]
Can a demon ever really champion order? Etrigan feels he can, but the helmet of the late Dr. Fate may disagree. When Zatanna becomes concerned with Etrigan's less-than-ordered behavior as Fate's would-be successor, she might have no choice but to claim the helmet herself... but with all the power the helmet grants, is forcibly taking it back from Etrigan even an option? Not without help from her former allies Azrael, Zealot, Lobo, and Kratos!
Meanwhile, Princess Amethyst has finally found Swamp Thing and convinced him to travel to Gem World and help regrow the flora destroyed in the "Slave New World" conflict. All previous efforts to restore the plant-life failed, and Swamp Thing quickly finds out why. Gem World, a separate dimension, has its own gem-infused guardian of "the green" - Zamioculcas the Zanzibar Gem, a guardian that's gone insane with pain, blames the people of Gem World for the destruction wrought by Eclipso, and intends to strangle the people of the realm to death in retaliation. Can Swamp Thing change his counterpart's opinion... or will he decide to join him?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

march 2016
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #12
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“WITHTRIAL”: “THE DARK ARRAIGNMENT”
[i]A CURSE OF V crossover event![/i]
The Justice League Dark tends to avoid taking any political stances. The vastly different personalities of their eclectic makeup make it easier for the League to only involve themselves in greater threats that everyone can agree need to be addressed. But sometimes... politics come to them. The secret identity of “Dr. Fate” was Kent Nelson, an ethical conservative politician nicknamed “the Lord of Order.” Since his death, a fascist group called the Northfire Party has sprung up and perverted Nelson's ideology. Their latest offense: Northfire pushed for the arrest of Jason Blood, secretly the demon Etrigan. The League cannot abandon one of their own to unjust persecution! Or can they? Swamp Thing cares little for human politics, Amythst is a head of State herself and needs to avoid taking a formal stance, and Kratos, being a Spartan, approves of repressive State power. That means it's up to the other members of the League to take action. Zatanna and Zealot must prevent whatever dangerous mystical items may be present in Blood's seized home and tour bus from falling into the hands of the Northfire Party. Meanwhile, Lobo and Azrael take a more direct approach and aim to spring Blood from custody at the courthouse during his arraignment. Easier said then done, as Lobo finds himself confronted by the symbiote-wearing special ops team Wetworks, and Azrael must face off against the Phantasm – all with Northfire-inspired law enforcement agencies trying to put the League down and the anarchist V in the background planning to blow up the court! Can the League find victory in this disastrous confluence of events, or is this the last gasp of freedom for the Demon, and by extension, for American freedom?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

April 2016
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #13
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“CRASH, CRASH, CRASHIN' THROUGH HEAVEN'S DOOR”
Antediluvian Earth was a place of horrors perpetrated, not primarily by demons, but by man. Before the great flood washed them away, its populace was truly god damned. But some sins cannot be washed away... One woman was accosted in the most violative of ways by men claiming to be adherents of a deity called Yahweh. She swore revenge, delving into the blackest of magics and learning how to control her own reincarnation. She eventually would become the tall, green-skinned, physically male sorcerer Wotan, and for millennia she would pursue the one object powerful enough to permit her to claim her revenge - the helmet of Dr. Fate! With Kent Nelson dead and the helmet in the hands of an inexperienced Zatanna, now is Wotan's opportunity! But will her plan to have her enemies weaken each before she strikes succeed?
By interfering with the Tower of Fate's mystical properties during a convocation of the Justice League Dark, Wotan tips it through the Nexus of Subtle Realms on which it sits and causes it to crash into the Silver City. That's right. In this issue, Zatanna, the Demon, Swamp Thing, Lobo, Kratos, Amethyst, and Zealot all... Go. To. Heaven! And a host of warrior angels led by Michael Demiurgos is not happy about the unannounced visitors!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

may 2016
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“CRASH, CRASH, CRASHIN' THROUGH HEAVEN'S DOOR” Part Two “GOD IS DEAD”
Wotan has reincarnated herself for thousands of years, all in preparation for this. With a thirst for vengeance, the physically male sorcerer stole the Helmet of Dr. Fate and used it to ascend the Tower of Unending High towards the Primum Mobile, a.k.a. the Throne of Light, where Yahweh sits... only to find it empty. How long has he been absent? Or was he ever even there in the first place? Full of rage and with nowhere to direct it, Wotan resolves to avenge herself upon [i]everyone[/i]... And she'll take a page from Yahweh's book to do it! She dreams of a biblical flood... that drowns the entire universe! But Before she can effectuate that wrathful dream, she'll have to escape the Silver City and an unlikely alliance between the demon Etrigan and the archangel Michael! Death seems imminent, but is dying just the first step of her plan?
The angelic host prevents the other members of the Justice League Dark from accessing the Tower and joining the fight, but it does allow them to explore the rest of Heaven. Kratos travels to the Elysian Fields for a reunion with his family, whom he murdered long ago after being tricked by Ares. But is forgiveness possible, even after 3,000 years? And Zatanna searches for her father's spirit... but it's nowhere to be found!
Coming soon... “THE GREAT FLOOD”
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

june 2016
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #15 ***AMALGAMATE CROSSOVER***
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“WORLDS APART”
There is omnipotence, and then there is the source from which omnipotence is derived. The Crucible is that source in the multiverse. It is also the receptacle when such power is lost. Dr. Doomsday, of the Dawn of Marvels Universe, first discovered this when he managed to capture, experiment upon, and murder a Beyondless, then trace its power back past his own world's boundaries to the Crucible. Now the bad doctor's insatiable lust for power has caused him to bring the Crucible into his world - and to threaten his universe's very existence!
The leaders of the Dark Defenders League, Dr. Strangefate and Wanda "The White Witch" Zatarra, are forced to take action... But is it already too late? And will they need more help than their world can offer? Reaching out beyond the veil, they find someone familiar to them both - Zatanna Zatarra, possessor of the Helmet of Fate and leader of the Justice League Dark in the New Dawn Universe! Unfortunately, if the White Witch and Strangefate could find her, so could Dr. Doomsday's mystical minions! Zatanna and her teammates present in the Tower of Fate - Swamp Thing, Etrigan, and Amethyst - must now battle fiends from the Dawn of Marvels universe sent to stop their interference! Can they possibly survive their encounter with Dr. Doomsday's most deadly lieutenant and guardian of his fortress - Fin Fang Flame??
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

july 2016
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #16 ***AMALGAMATE CROSSOVER***
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“POWER CORRUPTS”
Can even the cursed and supernatural heroes of three world's stop Dr. Doomsday from harnessing the power of the Crucible - the very source of omnipotence in the multiverse? The bad doctor's machinations have already wrought havoc in the Age of Marvels, New Dawn, and Dawn of Marvels universes - and after their explosive first meeting (see Defenders #), the unlikely alliance of the Defenders, the Justice League Dark, and the Dark Defenders League are the only thing standing in Dr. Doomsday's way! The leaders of the Dark Defenders League, Wanda "White Witch" Zatarra and Dr. Strangefate, are the bravest of those assembled. Against all odds, they persevere and separate Dr. Doomsday from the Crucible - at the cost of their own lives! But there's no time to mourn - the Crucible in now in play, and everyone's looking to grab it! Who will ultimately gain possession of the ability to do anything?!? Can the members of the Justice League Dark - Zatanna, Etrigan, Swamp Thing, Katos, Azrael, Amethyst, Zealot, and Lobo - even trust their own teammates in the pursuit of such power, or will this event cause the rift that finally tears apart the JLD forever?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

Aug 2016
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #17 ***AMALGAMATE CROSSOVER***
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“POWER CORRUPTS”
Absolute power corrupts absolutely - and absolute power is contained within the Crucible! The Justice League Dark was pulled into the conflict when ripples of energy from the Crucible, which the malevolent Dr. Doomsday pulled into his amalgam Dawn of Marvels Universe, began affecting magic in their own New Dawn Universe. Now the team is at each others' throats, no one trusting their own teammates with absolute power... but one thing that Zatanna, Etrigan, Amethyst, Azrael, Zealot, Swamp Thing, Lobo, and Kratos can all agree on is that Dr. Doomsday definitely shouldn't have that power! The only solution may be to trap Dr. Doomsday in his universe and move the Crucible to another - but can the remaining members of the Dark Defenders League, Speed Demon and the Silver Racer, move fast enough to buy the Justice League Dark and the Defenders enough time to combine their magics and use their spells to lock Dr. Doomsday in the Dawn of Marvels universe? And if they do, can the Dawn of Marvels survive his wrath?
At the same time, the Crucible has caused the boundaries between life and death to blur. This allows supernatural entities, such as ghosts, to manifest in all three worlds. But it also means Zatanna and Dr. Strange can call the White Witch (Wanda Zatarra) and Dr. Strangefate back into the fight! And with them... the late Kent Nelson! Dr. Fate is back! But is even the combined power of the Lord of Order, the Sorcerer Supreme, and the Sorcerer of Order enough to set things right?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

Sep 2016
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #18 ***AMALGAMATE CROSSOVER***
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“THE AFTERMATH” Amalgamate Epilogue
The secret crisis on three earths has ended, and the rifts between worlds are tenuously sealed. The New Dawn Universe and its denizens are safe (for now), as the all-powerful Crucible has been sent beyond its dimensional boundaries - but the impossible chaos it left behind lingers for the Justice League Dark! Can anything ever be the same again?
The Crucible enabled Dr. Fate to return from beyond he grave! But what secrets did Kent Nelson learn in the afterlife? And why was Zatanna's father Giovanni Zatara nowhere to be found there?
Swamp Thing has noticed lingering gamma radiation in his chloroplasts following his brief time as an Incredible Hulk (see HULK #23). Is he now poisoning that which he is sworn to protect, the natural world and "the Green"? And for what possible reason could he be asking for help from [i]Lobo[/i]?
Plus, Zealot may have finally met her match when a new recruit with radical ideas attempts to join the Coda - enter Age of Marvel's Valkyrie!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

Oct 2016
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #19
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“THE ARC” Part One “TWO OF EACH SPECIES”
Prelude to “THE GREAT FLOOD”
The Justice League Dark thought that by striking down the malevolent sorcerer Wotan in the Silver City (see JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14) they had defeated her. But they've only made her more powerful... for directing her own reincarnation was one of the first magical abilities she learned! This time, her spirit has entered a mighty soulless husk, an abandoned attempt to clone Superman, a Bizarro that was never animated... until now! With the strength of a Kryptonian and arcane magical knowledge gathered over six millennia, Wotan prepares to enact her revenge on the absentee Yahweh - by using the matter creation spells she stole from heaven to unleash a flood from the universe's core that will wash away... everything! But first, Wotan wants an arc of her own. Repurposing an unfathomabley large recovered Rannian vessel, Wotan begins amassing two of all the intelligent lifeforms that she intends to eradicate! But when the Demon, Swamp Thing, Amethyst and the rest of the Justice League Dark travel to the center of the universe to stop her, Zatanna and Lobo are taken captive as representatives of their races! Who are their counterparts? Lobo is shocked to see the female Czarnian is his former lover – Princess Calius-Wrell! How is she alive? Zatanna has the same question about the other homo magi... Yorick Brown?!? Can the four of them escape Wotan's twisted arc and foil her plans before Yorick truly becomes the last man?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #20
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“THE ARC” Part Two "SINKING SHIP"
Prelude to “THE GREAT FLOOD”
The dread sorcerer Wotan has brought her final plans for revenge against Yahweh to fruition. The matter creation spells she stole from Heaven have been used to unleash a galactic-level flood that will expand endlessly until all of creation is washed away. Wotan's vessel designed to survive the flood, her version of Noah's arc, is a massive spaceship - but she didn't plan on a revolution from her collected hordes of two of each species! Now, thanks to the interference of the two Homo Magi, Zatanna and Yorick Brown, and the two Czarnians, Lobo and Princess Calius-Wrell, the Arc had crash landed on a primitive, savage planet! The Justice League Dark members are fighting for their freedom as Wotan attempts to recapture her escaped specimens - all in a race against time as the galactic flood expands ever closer to the planet, threatening to wipe it out completely! Can any of them escape?

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #21
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“THE GREAT FLOOD”
The vile sorcerer Wotan, realizing her vengeance upon an absentee Yahweh after thousands of years, has used matter creation spells stolen from Heaven to unleash a galactic "flood" from the center of the universe. It's expansion marks the utter destruction of entire solar systems... and only the Justice League Dark can stop it!
Can Swamp Thing harness the power of "the green" to move entire planets out of the Flood's immediate path? Perhaps if his powers are magically amplified by Amethyst and Zatanna!
Meanwhile, the unlikely foursome of Etrigan the Demon, Azrael, Zealot and Lobo beseech the Host located in the Silver City to somehow halt the Flood! Will angels listen to (sometimes literal) demons? And even if they do, will they have any way to actually stop the Flood? The team may be forced to confront Yahweh himself... if they can find him!
32 PGs./Rated T+ …$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #22
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
“DRY TIMES"
The Great Flood has ended, and most of the universe survived. Wotan's plans for vengeance against an absentee Yahweh failed thanks to the Justice League Dark. And though they saved the universe, they did it by shaming God himself into acting. And if you've read the Bible, you know how spiteful and vindictive God can be...
Jason Blood has finally been separated from the Demon, but in a cruel twist of fate, Jason burns in Hell while Etrigan roams free on Earth!
And without a human host, his demonic tendencies are uncontrollable! Can Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Lobo, Dr. Fate and the others stop their teammate's hellish rampage? Can they rescue their friend from the inferno?
Meanwhile, Azrael starts to suspect the guy that stopped Wotan wasn't actually Yahweh at all... a suspicion that will lead him to investigate a connection to the very cult that trained him - the Order of St. Dumas!
32 PGs./Rated T+ …$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
"THE AZRAEL CODE" Part One "APOCRYPHA NOW"
Biblical apocrypha tells the story of Dumas, a violent and theatrical man who lurked in the shadows of ancient Israel and protected Jesus Christ by eliminating potential threats before being martyred himself shortly before Christ's cruxifixction. The Catholic Church has never formally recognized this Saint Dumas, slayer of demons and men, but an Order of adherents have kept his legacy alive and for generations have trained a Saint Dumas-inspired enforcer: Azrael! However, after separating from the oppressive cult years ago and believing it to be disbanded, recent experiences have given the current Azrael, Jean Paul Valley, reason to believe the Order of St. Dumas is active once again! But as he and his associates Zatanna, Zealot, and Jason Blood (the human side of the demon Etrigan) investigate the Order, what they find might shake the world to its foundations! Who really was this Dumas of ancient Israel? And, more importantly, who really was Jesus Christ? Was he truly divine... or simply alien? And what's his connection to, of all people, Lobo?
Azrael will need to call on the full League - including Dr. Fate, Amethyst, and Swamp Thing - because some very powerful entities do not want Azrael to uncover the answers to those questions!
32 PGs./Rated T+ …$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #24
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
"THE AZRAEL CODE" Part Two "THIS IS MY BLOOD"
What would the world do if it learned that Jesus of Nazareth had a shadowy enforcer named Dumas? Much moreso, what would the world do if it learned that Jesus was not divine but rather that his ability to resurrect was due to a healing factor derived from a mixed Czarnian heritage? This is the secret heretical belief of the upper echelons of the Order of St. Dumas, who protect Jesus' reputation as their patron saint Dumas did. Any who discover these truths must be silenced - and Azrael and the Justice League Dark are the first to have done so in hundreds of years (the last time resulted in the Inquisition)! As a result, the Order has descended upon them with righteous fury. Etrigan, captured and sent to Vatican City for vanquishing rites! Dr. Fate and Zatanna, cut off from magic and set to be tried for witchcraft! And worst of all, the last Czarian Lobo captured and subjected to experimentation. The Order believes that if his flesh is eaten and blood drunk, sacrificing him will allow them to obtain the powers of historical Jesus and become an unstoppable army of christs! Onward Christian soldiers, destroy Azrael, Swamp Thing, Zealot, and Amethyst before they can stop you!
32 PGs./Rated T+ …$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #25
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
"THE AZRAEL CODE" Part Three
This is an Easter unlike any other, as the Order of St. Dumas has infused its violent adherents with the resurrection and healing abilities of Jesus Christ himself! That is, if you prescribe to the heretical belief that Christ's healing was derived from a Czarian heritage, as the highest members of the Order secretly do! Now these radical Christian terrorists aim to use their newfound powers, stolen from the blood of a captured Lobo, to take over the world! But first, they must ritualistically sacrifice the only people who know their secret - the Justice League Dark! Yet as the Order uses its influence to rip whatever personal lives they've build asunder, the JLD doesn't run - they tackle the threat head-on! Can Azrael and Amethyst free Lobo while Swamp Thing and Zealot assault the Order's Vatican stronghold before Dr. Fate and Zatanna are burned alive for the crime of witchcraft?
Plus, can the Demon, Etrigan, ever escape the Hell dimension that the Order banished him to? And can Jason Blood escape his more earthly dungeon before he is the next to be crucified!
32 PGs./Rated T+ …$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #26
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
"NOVUS HISTORIA REGUM BRITANNIAE" part one "CENTURIES OF REGRET"
Jason of Norwich was a Knight of the Round Table. He served and quested with the legendary Arthur Pendragon, but his personal weakness led him to ultimately betray his King and bring about his downfall. During the fall of Camelot, as punishment Jason was cursed by Merlin to spend an eternity bound to the demon Etrigan - and he has since spent centuries in regret. But what if he could take it back? How would things have been different? After verbalizing these thoughts while awaiting a meeting of the clandestine Justice League Dark inside the Tower of Fate, Jason Blood collapses and awakens in 5th century England, then called Briton, inside the walls of a besieged Camelot. The army of Morgaine La Fey, his nemesis and the woman who deceived him into betraying Arthur, is at the gates. He is not bound to the demon, but rather a knight once again. Alongside him, and similarly confused by their situation, are Swamp Thing, Lobo, Azrael, Zatanna, Zealot, Amethyst, and Dr. Fate - yet all look like warriors, rogues, or mages from that era of sword and sorcery. Could this be Jason's second chance - an opportunity not to betray Arthur, but rather to save Camelot? Can he rally his Justice Knights Dark in time to defeat La Fey before she and her son Mordred slay the King and damn Jason's soul? And if he can, how will it affect the future they all came from?
32 PGs./Rated T+ …$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #27
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
"NOVUS HISTORIA REGUM BRITANNIAE" part two "SAXON, SAX-OFF"
Jason Blood has finally escaped his curse. Having mysteriously found himself in fifth century England along with his allies in the Justice League Dark, all transformed into mages, warriors, and clerics contemporary to the time, Jason managed to save King Arthur's life and prevent the fall of Camelot. As a result, Merlin never bonded Jason to Etrigan and he can experience life as a respected knight of the Round Table. He dreamed of this for centuries, but the others have a problem - there's no way back!
Forced to adapt to their medieval life, another threat looms on the horizon. The Saxons, under the infamous warlords Heingst and Horsa, have reached the shores of England and lust for conquest. History tells us that they succeed, but that history didn't have a living King Arthur and a strong Camelot to repel them! Sir Jason mobilizes Lobo, Zealot, Azrael, Amethyst, and "the Green Knight" Swamp Thing to defend the Britons from the Germanic invaders... but Dr. Fate is concerned that the fate of the future would be indelibly altered if the Saxons do not prevail. Can Jason convince Fate and a torn Zatanna that the future would be better if only a man like Arthur reigned longer? Or is this the schism that tears apart the medieval League?
32 PGs./Rated T+ …$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #28
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
"NOVUS HISTORIA REGUM BRITANNIAE" part three "SOME GAUL"
Transported to fifth century Briton, Jason Blood, with the help of the League, has successfully changed his past: preventing the death of King Arthur and avoiding his accursed bondage to the demon Etrigan. But it's not just his own past that's changed... With the help of the wizards Zatanna and Amethyst, the warrior Lobo, the assassin Zealot, the cleric Azrael, and the mysterious Green Knight Swamp Thing, Jason and his fellow Knights of the Round Table have prevented the Saxon conquest of England. Instead, Arthur has unified the British aisles - bringing together the Britons, Picts, Gaels, and other tribes as equals. And he isn't done. He looks next towards the liberation of Gaul, which remains under Roman control. When Emperor Lucius Tiberius hears of this upstart king, he resolves to bring him to heel... personally! Can Arthur and the League withstand the might of the Roman Empire? Or will they be crucified?
Meanwhile, at least one powerful sorcerer will stand in Jason's way. He views Arthur's campaign as too great an alteration to the world's destiny - and Dr. Fate fights to preserve the future!
32 PGs./Rated T+ …$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #29
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
"NOVUS HISTORIA REGUM BRITANNIAE" part four "RENDER UNTO CEASER THAT WHICH IS CEASER'S"
Jason Blood changed not only his own history, preventing his accursed bonding to the demon Etrigan, but by saving Arthur Pendragon's life he changed the history of the world. After unifying the British Isles and liberating Gaul, much of 15th century north-west Europe was quickly annexed by Camelot. Now the King, supported by Blood and his Justice League of the Round Table - wizards Zatanna and Amethyst, the warrior Lobo, the assassin Zealot, the cleric Azrael, and the mysterious Green Knight Swamp Thing - stand poised to conquer the Roman Empire itself. Their forces amassed, in order to avoid considerable bloodshed Emperor Lucius Tiberius and King Arthur have agreed to settle this in the sands of the great Coliseum, champion versus champion, winner takes the world! Arthur chooses Jason Blood, who has a righteous belief in the justness of his cause, to represent Camelot. But can he defeat Lucius' champion - a Roman legionnaire rumored to have been trained by men from another world - the Alpha Centurion?!?
Meanwhile, Dr. Fate knows that the changes to the timeline have gone too far. The 2017 they hail from will be unrecognizable. But will he intercede and attempt to fix the past during the gladiatorial battle? If so, expect the rest of the JLD to get into a bench clearing battle royale for the fate of the future!
32 PGs./Rated T+ …$2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #30
Plotted by EXCITER
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
"NOVUS HISTORIA REGUM BRITANNIAE" part five "PAX ARTHURA"
The world is very different now.
By preventing the death of King Arthur, Sir Jason of Norwich prevented his own accursed bonding to the demon Etrigan. He instead supported Arthur Pendragon for the rest of his life, leading Camelot to expand from the lands of the Britons to overthrow the great Roman Empire and unite almost the entirety of 5th Century Europe. The man who would have become known as Jason Blood, his time-displaced allies that formed the Justice League of the Round Table (Swamp Thing, Lobo, Zatanna, Amethyst, Azrael, and Zealot), and their legendary king eventually died as the greatest liberators in history.
Today, Etrigan is known as "E, the last demon," bonded to a young man named Yorick Brown. Through Yorick and his monkey, Ampersand, E leads a small band of Freedom Fighters - including the new Swamp Thing, the "Warlord" Travis Morgan, G.I. Robot, Black Alice, Solomon Grundy, and Ystina the Shining Knight - who act in open rebellion against the "King of the World," a modern day Mordred that perverted King Arthur's legacy and turned the global monarchy that Arthur laid the foundation for centuries ago into a worldwide fascist dictatorship where anyone without "blue blood" is little more than a serf. The only hope to liberate the planet from the yolk of oppression comes when the Freedom Fighters find the long-thought-lost Helmet of Fate, and the Lord of Order contained within resurrects the man who changed history and is directly responsible for all of this: Jason Blood. Can Jason be made to see the error of his ways and realize that fate unfolds as it does for a reason?
32 PGs./Rated T+ …$2.99

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