Justice League Dark/Wonder Woman The Witching Hour #1
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Jesus Merino, Fernando Blanco and Miguel Mendonca
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr
Letters by Rob Leigh
The fundamentals of magic are changing and Hecate is in control of the powers of life and death in the final chapter of The Witching Hour. Beings composed of or fueled by magic are feeling the effects of those changes as Doctor Fate watches from the heavens. The parliament of trees is gone and replaced with a new power that doesn’t obey the rules of the green. Something Swamp Thing realizes as he deals with a now free Black Orchid. The rest of the team has retreated to the Oblivion Bar with a newly freed Manitou Dawn, leaving Zatanna and Constantine back in Nanda Parbat to deal with the fully powered and possessed Wonder Woman.
Diana’s spirit begins a journey through the history of magic to find a way to stop the rampaging Hecate and learns more about the goddess and the pain and fear that drives her. Circe who has a plan to deal a final blow to Hecate calls the rest of the team, but it might cost them more than they are willing to pay. As Hecate’s power grows, Diana must make a sacrifice in order to repair the damage to magic and forge a new future for it on the planet.
This is an ambitious finale that seeks to fundamentally change magic in the DC universe. Tynion has done a tremendous job of taking these characters on a well-written journey through magic and its impact on the universe. Zatanna’s change of heart works in this issue and the invocation of Diana as a rallying call signifies the power of Wonder Woman as well as her influence on her teammates. The impact of the finale and how it plays into Circe’s plans was a great addition for both the story and the character going forward.
The art is amazing and every moment from the collective unconscious to the finale at Olympus is drawn beautifully.