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Preview: Justice League Odyssey #5

Justice League Odyssey #5

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Carmine Di Giandomenico (CA) Stejpan Sejic
In Shops: Jan 30, 2019
SRP: $3.99

It’s Cyborg and Jessica Cruz versus giant battle robots-to the death! To save her teammates, Starfire must absorb the next language in the Codex in order to gain new, dark powers. But this Rosetta Stone could prove dangerous to Kory! And betrayal looms for the Odyssey League when Rapture kidnaps Azrael and offers him a deal that could save the Ghost Sector-as long as he sells out his teammates.

Justice League Odyssey #5

Preview: Justice League Odyssey #4

Justice League Odyssey #4

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Jan 02, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Next stop on the Odyssey-Planet Cyborg! The space-faring Justice League travels to a new world that worships Cyborg, and meets a population that’s obsessed with body modification in preparation for a galactic war. Cyborg and Azrael clash over whether to stop the simmering standoff or continue following the clues left behind by Darkseid. Elsewhere, Starfire and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz infiltrate the society’s upper crust in order to decipher the second language on the codex.

Justice League Odyssey #4

Preview: Justice League Odyssey #3

Justice League Odyssey #3

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Space may very well be the final frontier for the Odyssey team! It’s bad enough when the very environment of space wants to kill you, but when Vril Dox shows up and attacks with an army of Brainiac robots, what chance does the Odyssey team have? Of course, Vril’s just doing this to save the Coluan refugees aboard the ship, right? He wouldn’t have some ulterior motive, would he? And can the team really trust that Darkseid-who’s also aboard their ship-won’t try to destroy the universe? Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and Azrael are on it!

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: 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!

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and we’re heading to Baltimore Comic Con. If you’re there, come find us and say hi! While we wait for the work day to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Comicbook – ‘Multiple Man’ Producer Says Movie is “Still Being Worked On” – Along with dozens of other comic based films we’ll never see.

Newsarama – Marvel’s Extermination Finale Pushed Back 3 Weeks – Grrrr….

The Beat – Joe Quesada and Bill Schanes are spilling the beans on comics history – Some cool comic history to check out.

The Mary Sue – Not My General Leia: Star Wars Resistance Actress Posts Video Mocking Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s Voice – Not acceptable.

 

Reviews

Newsarama – Justice League Odyssey #1

Newsarama – Spider-Geddon #0

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: 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?!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Doomsday Clock #7 (DC Comics) – After a bit of a break, the DC event is back and we’re still intrigued as to where it’s all going as it moves into the latter half of its run.

Edge of Spider-Geddon #4 (Marvel) – Each issue so far in this lead up to the main event has been fantastic. All its done is made us wish that each of these characters had their own series! We expect no less from this one.

Extermination #3 (Marvel) – When it comes to the Mutants, Marvel and them seem to be their best when it involves crazy time travel stories. This one has been lots of action and shockers and this is another we have no idea where it’s all going.

Faith: Dreamside #1 (Valiant) – Faith is always a fun time and mixing her with the Dreamside? Yeah, we’re in for that.

Fantasmagoria #1 (Starburns Industries Press) – A horror comic that explors mythology specific to Mexico. That alone has us intrigued to check it all out.

Fearscape #1 (Vault Comics) – This one sounds a bit like a new take on the Sandman and that sort of storytelling. Vault has some fantastic releases so we’re excited to check this out and see what it’s all about.

Fence #10 (BOOM! Studios) – This series has been fantastic bringing the sports manga concept to the twist. BOOM! has been killing it when it comes to that and this one has been amazing with every issue.

Friendo #1 (Vault Comics) – A personal marketing VR has gone haywire. Again, Vault has been top notch when it comes to releases so we’re excited to check this one out.

Gamma #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Pokémon meets Power Rangers… um ok. Sounds awesome to us!

Heroes in Crisis #1 (DC Comics) – There’s been a hell of a build up to this new event series that explores the trauma that superheroes experience.

High Heaven #1 (AHOY Comics) – AHOY’s first release was amazing and we’re expecting more of the same from this upstart publisher that wants to deliver more when it comes to comics.

Illegal (Sourcebooks) – A powerful graphic novel exploring immigration and undocumented immigrants.

Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer #1 (Marvel) – The first issue that mashed together Captain America and Thor was fun and this one with that’s Iron Man and Thor? We’re expecting lots of drinking… and more fun.

Justice League Odyssey #1 (DC Comics) – The space/tech Justice League… you have out attention.

Man-Eaters #1 (Image Comics) – Chelsea Cain… nuff said.

Scarlet #2 (Jinxworld/DC Comics) – The first issue was a great return for the character and series and we want to see if the second issue can continue to deliver.

Spider-Geddon #0 (Marvel) – The newest Spider-Man event is kicking off and Marvel has been rocking it with the Multiverse Spider-Man stuff. Plus, this issue marks the debut of the recent video game version of the character.

Star Trek vs. Transformers #1 (IDW Publishing) – The title really says it all.

Stranger Things #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The popular television show comes to comics.

Transformers: Lost Light #24 (IDW Publishing) – IDW is wrapping up their current run on Transformers and we have no idea what’s coming next. We just know this series is wrapping up and bringing all the pieces of the puzzle together.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the week day to end and the weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Sources: Google Is Planning A Game Platform That Could Take On Xbox And PlayStation – Interesting. Very interesting.

CBR – DC Delays Justice League Odyssey Debut by Nearly Two Months – Grrrrr.

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – A Study in Emerald

How to Love Comics – Son of Hitler

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