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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

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Flash #57

The Flash #57

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Scott Kolins (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Oct 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The insidious secret that corrupted Heat Wave’s mind is free and looking for a new host-one who doesn’t run quite so hot! Unfortunately, it takes over Central City Detective Burns instead, and now she’s the one rampaging across the city wrecking shop! Burns must lean on an unlikely source to help her with these new powers, while Flash and Iris West make a big decision about their next move.

Preview: Justice League Odyssey #2

Justice League Odyssey #2

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Oct 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99

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!

Preview: The Flash #56

The Flash #56

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Scott Kolins (CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Things are about to get hot-very hot!-when Flash has to battle fire monsters generated by his longtime nemesis, Heat Wave. Unfortunately, the pilot light blew out in Mick Rory’s head, because he’s comatose from the effects of the Sage Force! How can the Scarlet Speedster reach his old frenemy and get him to put out the fire monsters? Looks like Commander Cold takes a demotion…so he can pretend to be Captain Cold and talk Heat Wave down!

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

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Flash #55

The Flash #55

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Scott Kolins (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Barry Allen’s CSI team gets called to the scene of an arson at Iron Heights, and the victim happens to be a well-known Flash Rogue. Barry’s new partner thinks it’s an inside job, the warden sending a message to the inmates about who’s in charge. But the real culprit turns out to be the latest “Force” threat. Can the Flash and Commander Cold snuff this flaming mystery before it becomes an inferno?

Preview: Justice League Odyssey #1

Justice League Odyssey #1

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Spinning out of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! 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?!

Preview: The Flash #54

The Flash #54

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Christian Duce (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The Flash is now the strongest man alive thanks to a jolt from one of the new forces! Turning his jacked-up sights to Trickster, the two duke it out inside Iron Heights for utter supremacy. Will anyone stop these two behemoths from beating the hell out of each other…or is this just what Warden Wolfe wants?

Preview: The Flash #53

The Flash #53

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Christian Duce (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Aug 22, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It’s a slippery slope for the Scarlet Speedster when he must team up with the frosty Commander Cold to stop a powered-up Trickster from trashing Central City. The Trickster’s first target is the maximum-security prison Iron Heights, which could mean a criminal breakout the city would never survive.

Preview: The Flash #52

The Flash #52

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Christian Duce (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Aug 08, 2018
SRP: $3.99

On your mark, get set and go for part one of “Grips of Strength”! Barry Allen races to the House of Heroes at the center of the Multiverse to meet with the Flashes of 52 worlds for info on the new forces he’s recently encountered. Meanwhile, back in Central City, Trickster’s turning informant against Warden Wolfe, but that brings about a sneak attack that Barry and the time-lost Commander Cold must team up to stop-if they can quit butting heads long enough to do so.

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