Jeff Lemire & Mikel Janin
I wasn't a fan of the original launch of DC's New 52 title Justice League Dark, written by Peter Mulligan, but I like the idea of this book, so with Jeff Lemire coming on board as writer, and him writing some excellent books for DC, like Animal Man and Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., I thought I would check out what he planned to do to steer this title into new territory. Mikel Janis is still on art, but while his panels were a little unfocused and hard to follow in his initial issue, he does a good job of making the action flow better in this new incarnation of the team. His art style is well-suited for the book and I hope he continues to grow with the title. Jeff Lemire's new team consists of John Contantine, Deadman, Zatanna, the vampire Andrew Bennett, and the shapeshifter Black Orchid. For all intents and purposes, this is like a new book. There are a few references to Mulligan's initial run, but the introduction of the new characters and the new direction make it feel really fresh, like it's the first issue of a brand new series. Basically, Constantine is working for the government to help them with a supernatural threat, recruiting a few friends to help him complete his task, this one being a power-hungry sorcerer in the Amazon who has kidnapped a government operative and is in possession of an artifact of immense power. Along with his friends, Constantine must take along the mysterious Black Orchid, who will be aiding him in his quest, as well as watching him for the government. Lemire brings together a nice blend of personalities that play off of each other well, and I would say that he's created a solid first issue of his run here. I'm looking forward to what else he has up his sleeve.