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Justice League Odyssey #1

Reviewed by: Robbie Rowe

Rating: 8 out of 8

Writer: Joshua Williamson

Artist: Stjepan Sejic

This is a comic that brings something brand new to a Justice League comic. With Scott Snyder’s Justice League, we get focus on heroes, villains, the past, future and just what role we should have, or what we should do to get what we want. In James Tynion IV’s Justice League Dark, it focuses more on the darker elements of the DC universe, specifically the supernatural and the magical.

Here, we get a new Justice League, consisting of Green Lantern Jessica Cruz,

Tamaranian hero Starfire, Cyborg and one of Batman’s more unique friends,

warrior of the Order of St. Dumas, Jean-Paul Valley/Azrael – and someone who

pops up now and again in the issue, who I’m not sure they should trust, even if

they need to try.

This issue explores what’s happening now thousands of planets trapped and

contained on Brainiac’s planet Colu have been released by various heroes and

villains back in Justice League: No Justice, entering a galaxy that hasn’t had them

in maybe even centuries. The Justice League have dispatched Jessica Cruz to the

Ghost Sector, a place no Green Lantern’s allowed to go without authorization.

A very dangerous place, it makes me think of the Unknown Regions in Star Wars, a part of that galaxy that hasn’t been mapped and is rarely explored, with little known about it. The Ghost Sector so far seems to have very little life in it, with mainly larger, monstrous aliens, machines set out by the Guardians of the

Universe, bosses of the Green Lantern Corps – and, o’ course, the newly released planets.

The art isn’t always to my taste, with it feeling a bit more sketched at one point

with Jessica, though later on, it makes Cyborg look absolutely fantastic, while

Starfire is just gorgeous, with flowing red hair, while Williamson retains her

unique speech pattern, sometimes saying the wrong words, like referring to

Cyborg as ‘a knight in blinding armor’, which is just fantastic. The last few

moments reveal something I’m both surprised and excited to learn more about in the next few issues, while the smile on a certain character’s face at the end

making me feel they’re up to something – but what? I’ll certainly be on board

next issue to find out! 


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