Next week kicks off one of the more anticipated newer DC titles with Justice League Dark. That team has a real unique mix of characters so I’m interested in seeing how they interact. While JL Dark learns to become a team they’re going to have to face a new threat in The Witching Hour event. DC Comics is billing it like a major game changer for magic users in the DC Universe.
Fittingly, the event takes place in October so it can conclude in time for Halloween. How’s that for savvy marketing? Witching Hour is comprised of two 48-page one-shots and alternating weeks of Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark. James Tynion IV will handle the writing responsibilities for the entire event.
Here’s the breakdown of how the special event will play out:
Part one, Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour #1, with art by Jesus Merino, sets the tone for the Wonder Woman-centered event. In this 48-page debut one-shot, Hecate, the witch-goddess of magic, always knew a day would come when the monsters she stole her magic from would return. Now she must activate the Witchmarked, humans within whom she secreted vast stores of power. This hits Justice League Dark especially hard: one of the most powerful of the Witchmarked turns out to be Wonder Woman! On sale Oct. 3.
Wonder Woman #56, with art by Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy, pushes part two of The Witching Hour into new, magical, territory. After barely escaping its first encounter with Hecate, the Justice League Dark knows that she’ll be back for the power inside Wonder Woman! But what if Diana could tap into that power herself? Would she be a match for the evil witch-goddess? On shelves Oct. 10.
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Part three, on sale Oct. 17, is Justice League Dark #4 with art by series regulars Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez. Everything the Justice League Dark thought they knew about Wonder Woman and Hecate has proven to be wrong…and the Parliament of Trees is about to pay the price! Hecate knows this world isn’t strong enough to resist the Otherkind, so she’s going to burn it down and replace it with a world of her own…starting with that ancient grove!
Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy return on Oct. 24 for The Witching Hour part four in Wonder Woman #57. As Hecate’s new world is born, Wonder Woman is under the goddess’ total control! This is magic’s darkest hour—one of the most powerful magicians of all time may not survive!
The Witching Hour concludes in a 48-page finale on Oct. 31! In Justice League Dark and Wonder Woman: The Witching Hour #1 with art by Jesus Merino, Zatanna battles for Wonder Woman’s soul—and the rest of the Justice League Dark battle for their lives! Hecate is more powerful than the Greek Gods…and no matter who wins, the Earth will lose its chance of surviving the war that’s coming!
What do you think of this one? Looking forward to seeing what Wonder Woman and the rest of Justice League Dark get into with this event?