WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Justice League Dark #7 by James Tynion IV, Alvero Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez and Brad Anderson, on sale now.
The Otherkind aren't coming, they are already here. After months of hints and warnings about the dark denizens of the magical world coming to take back what is rightfully theirs, the Otherkind are revealed to already be among us. Justice League Dark #7 takes a moment to step back and tell some vintage horror anthology tales about the monsters who have come to the DC Universe.
Man-Bat serves as the narrator as he takes us through his case files about the times he and his group of superheroes have run into these monsters. It's hard to see how anyone will be able to stop them, and by the end of the issue it looks like there's hardly any time to do anything.
A New Breed of Monsters Unleashed
We knew about the Upside Down Man leading the Otherkind back into this dimension, but we had no idea what any of them were like until now. The stories that Man-Bat tells the reader introduce us to four new members of this terrifying race of monsters, and it's hard to see how anyone can hope to overcome something so horrific.
The Soup is a being composed of organs and slush inside a human form that is more powerful than the Devil himself. Lucifer Morningstar is attacked and is ultimately overwhelmed by his foe. The Soup can liquefy beings into sludge, and it appears it has already eradicated the denizens of Hell.
The Conjoined has the ability to merge living things into one grotesque being in mind, body and soul. While Andrew Bennett escapes a mental attack by the Conjoined, it proves to be too powerful to run from. Bennett still feels the monster's influence in his mind, and will spend the rest of his days trying to escape.
Frankenstein and the Creature Commandoes run into the Offspring, which is a group of small ravenous creatures that live inside a host body. The Offspring is too much for Frankenstein to fight, and he blows himself up to stop their attack.
Finally, we are introduced to the Rip, an interdimensional being who can attack magic users even in the afterlife. We see Giovanni Zatara and Sargon the Sorcerer unable to beat back the tentacles of this creature. After fighting for an unspecified amount of time, the two magicians finally give in.
The Enemy is Always One Step Ahead
Zatara and Sargon hatch a plan to help the Justice League Dark defeat the Otherkind. They send the Ruby of Life through the void to help Zatanna defeat her foes. Unfortunately, not everything is as it would appear to be. As Man-Bat continues his stories, he realizes he has no recollection of actually recording some of them.
A letter written backwards warns him of what is happening with the Otherkind, and he suddenly comes across the Ruby on his desk. However, the last ditch effort of the heroes may all be in vain because it might be exactly what the Otherkind want. If they have all this power, what's to stop them from manipulating events behind the scenes?
With Man-Bat wondering what sorcery is at play, the Upside Down Man is seen hanging from the ceiling and watching in secret. It would appear that even when the good guys are doing their best to make a stand against the intrusion of evil, the villains are one step ahead and already aware of everything going on. It feels like nothing is happening that the Otherkind don't want to happen.