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!