Review: Justice League Odyssey #2

Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and Azrael debate whether so-called “God of Evil” Darkseid should have joined the team. (Too late-that evil horse has left the barn!) But before the team can resolve this conflict, they’re forced into action when Vril Dox takes an interest in the Coluan refugees, attacking their ship with a new Manhunter army of his own creation. ‘Cuz more violence is always the answer!

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first issue of Justice League Odyssey. My main complaint was for a cosmic story that could do anything, what was presented was things we’ve seen before. It wasn’t as epic as it could have been. Justice League Odyssey #2 doesn’t quite resolve that issue but writer Joshua Williamson gives us some conflict and deepens the mystery.

Williamson’s conflict is physical, mental, and emotional hitting each member differently. There’s the fight with Darkseid which is interesting. He’s a character that should easily wipe the floor with our heroes but we’re hinted at he’s not quite the powerful being he once was. And, if he was so omnipotent, why does he need the heroes help at all? Still, the battle is decent and mysterious raising a lot of questions.

The mental and emotional hits is a combination. There’s the bickering of the team members and their insults to each other and what is revealed about the individuals living on the planet they’re on. There’s death, lots of death, and in a way the Justice League is responsible. That too raises a lot of questions as to what’s going on and the ending doesn’t help in that matter. It’s all head scratching and that’s in a good way.

The art by Stjepan Sejic with lettering by Deron Bennett is good. The character design is solid and Sejic does the usual painted-ish style. Much like the first issue, the alien aspects of the world doesn’t quite feel alien enough, the cult aspect of it all does stand out. While I’m iffy on the designs, the color choices that has an almost glow about it all is fascinating and very unique. There’s something that clicks about all of that and while this isn’t Sejic’s best work, it’s a style that makes the series stand out from the rest of the comics on the shelves.

While the comic isn’t the grand cosmic adventure I was expecting, the series so far is improving and has a vibe to it that reminds me of the recent Dark Knights: Metal event. I have a feeling the overall story is going to be more enjoyable than each part as the puzzle comes together. So far, it’s intriguing though not quite enough to get me truly excited.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Stjepan Sejic Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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