Review: Justice League Odyssey #1

When a cosmic menace threatens worlds beyond our own in the Ghost Sector, it falls to a new Justice League team to answer the call to battle! Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and an out-of-his-element Azrael head to deep space inside a commandeered Brainiac Skull Ship. But as these wildcard teammates try to break through the impenetrable maelstrom imprisoning the desperate collection of planets, they discover something that nothing in the universe could have prepared them for: Darkseid…who says he’s there to help?!

The potential for the DC Universe and Multiverse is endless now. After the events of Dark Knights: Metal and Justice League: No Justice, the old “rules” have been thrown to the side and in their place is so many possibilities. The exploration of that has been front and center in so many comic series. Justice League Odyssey is another example. Written by Joshua Williamson, this new cosmic focused Justice League series will explore the Ghost Sector and all of the planets freed from Braniac.

There’s a clear focus of the comic with a major threat looming and our heroes gathered for a reason that’s the twist at the end of the comic. That focus is both good and bad as it shapes the overall story but also makes the series rather limited. This feels like a maxi-series in the making as opposed to the open ended stories we’ve seen before with the Justice League.

The first issue is a solid ride taking us deep into a territory that we know so little about. But, with endless possibilities things feel rather grounded in a way. This is like the Enterprise going through the barrier to find God and the other side being rather… normal. This series will live or die on the impossible and the first issue feels almost too normal. It’s cosmic but doesn’t stand out enough.

The art by Stjepan Sejic is fantastic as expected and his style works really well. The characters look great and the designs and colors are entertaining enough to get you to linger on the pages for the art. But, like the story itself, the art is also grounded and the designs aren’t far enough out there. When the initial space threat is revealed it just looks like giant space dragons that we’ve seen elsewhere numerous times. Aliens are all two legged human-esque. Planets aren’t anything that stands out.

What’s strange to me is, we’ve seen the Dark Multiverse which really gave us the feel of different but familiar worlds, twisted versions of everything. Here, we can get that too but what’s presented feels little different than we’d see in any Green Lantern comic.

The debut is a fun start but when you can do anything it feels like it doesn’t go far enough to take advantage of the endless possibilities.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Stjepan Sejic
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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