Not the shiny-happy Justice LeagueJustice League Dark
is an ongoing DC Comics
series launched in the New 52 DC Universe
. The series features a faction of the Justice League that focuses on the magical and supernatural aspect of DCU. The primary cast is Zatanna
, Madame Xanadu
, John Constantinenote
, Shade, the Changing Man
and a new character called Mindwarp, who was introduced in Flashpoint
. Each character has a history, and powers, related to the supernatural, which makes them better equipped deal with these threats than the Justice League
The original arc featured the formation of the team as each character was independetly dragged into a conflict with the Enchantress. The team appears to have a permenantly fluctuating roster; after the first storyline Shade and Mindwarp are out, Madame Xanadu is (reluctantly) still connected but not officially a member, and Black Orchid
, Dr Mist (Global Guardians
) and Andrew Bennett (I, Vampire
) have joined (the former two on secondment from A.R.G.U.S.
Tropes featured in Justice League Dark include:
- Dark Is Not Evil: Pretty much every member of the team would on first glance appear to be more at home causing terror wherever they went, but they only save that for the real bad guys. Hell, it's in the name.
- Deadpan Snarker: Constantine
- The Lost Lenore: Kathy George, whom Shade keeps trying to recreate.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Enchantress's madness? Madame Xanadu's fault.
- Power Perversion Potential: The relationship between Deadman and Dove (Of Hawk and Dove) was established when Deadman attempted to possess a human body in order to have physical intimacy with Dove. She was noticably perturbed.
- Put on a Bus: Shade and Mindwarp in Peter Milligan's final issue
- Psycho for Hire: When Mindwarp is being recruited, it is established that even the other morally gray characters consider him a psychotic madman.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Emphasized and acknowledged by Xanadu. She states that all the others are dangerous to themselves and others, but are the only people around to save the world from mystic threats.
- Shoot the Dog: Constantine sacrifices the innocent June Moon in order to stop Enchantress. Deadman calls him out on this.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: None of the members of the group really likes or trusts any of the other members of the group (Deadman and John Constantine in particular dislike each other thanks to the whole June Moone/Enchantress thing). However, according to Madame Xanadu, the consequences to both themselves and the world at large if they don't team up would be catastrophic.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Constantine and Zatanna
- You Won't Feel a Thing: Deadman uses the "This won't hurt me" variant on June Moone when entering her body.