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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

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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!

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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Geek & Sundry Releases a Special Edition of Critical Role Comic Book Series with Dark Horse

Geek & Sundry has partnered with Dark Horse Comics to release a special hardcover edition of Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins, the six-issue comic series inspired by Geek & Sundry’s long-running Dungeons & Dragons series Critical RoleCritical Role – Vox Machina: Origins#1 was the fastest- and strongest-selling comic for Dark Horse Digital making it among the top-selling issues and series in Dark Horse Digital history. This new volume brings together Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins #1–#6, which explore the enthralling origins of the Vox Machina team and provides fans with a closer look at the show’s setting, the captivating world of Exandria.

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins follows six would-be heroes as they uncover a plot to destroy the small coastal town of Stilben. The comic series is written by Matthew Colville with interior art by Olivia Samson, a member of the Critical Role fan community, and coloring and lettering by Chris Northrop. Readers of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins can expect more than 160 pages of magical storytelling and bonus content.

Critical Role is a live multi-platform role-playing show featuring Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and a troupe of fellow voice actors Ashley Johnson, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Laura Bailey, and Liam O’Brien. Each week, nearly half a million viewers tune into Critical Role, with the series racking up over 53 million total views since its launch in March 2015.

Critical Role: Vox Machina Originshardcover is offered in both limited and standard editions. The standard edition features cover art by Stjepan Šejić with a spot gloss treatment, while the limited edition comes bound in foil-stamped and burnished faux leather, along with a lithograph and cloth portfolio, housed in a faux leather, foil-stamped, and burnished slipcase. The standard edition of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins is available for $44.99 and the deluxe edition for $99.99. Along with the stunning artwork, readers will find the complete collection of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins#1–#6, annotated cover process pieces, preliminary character sketches, and character descriptions and stats.

DC Reveals Two New Justice League Series with a Team Including Darkseid?!

At WonderCon, DC Comics revealed some of what we can expect in coming months including details on the three new Justice League comic series being released later this year.

Writer Scott Snyder dished the latest on the Justice League: No Justice four issue miniseries he’s working on with co-writers James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson and artist Francis Manapul, as well as his plans for Justice League, with newly-acquired artist Jim Cheung and rising star Jorge Jimenez.

But jaws really dropped when he announced that not one, but two all-new Justice League titles will debut from the May miniseries, each featuring new team rosters: Justice League Dark, written by Tynion with art by Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez (inker) and Brad Anderson (colors) and Justice League Odyssey, written by Williamson, with art by Stjepan Sejic. Both titles are scheduled to launch in June.

Synder revealed that No Justice sets up a new mission and direction for the group which he calls “New Justice.” In his run on the series, the organization will face the Legion of Doom and operate out of the Hall of Justice moving away from the orbiting Watchtower satellite.

Justice League Dark is a relaunch of the series which began with DC’s New 52 and again has a magic focus. The team includes Zatanna, John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat, Detective Chimp and be led by Wonder Woman.

Odyssey is the fascinating one which Snyder called a “crazy space western.” That series features Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, Starfire, Azrael, Cyborg… and Darkseid! Snyder called the character the team’s  “Hannibal Lecter” and the series will deal with an epic plot involving Darkseid’s father, the Source Wall. The team will travel around in an old Brainiac head.

Snyder wasn’t finished there; he hinted that the conclusion of Dark Nights: Metal #6 would have repercussions throughout the DC Universe, and he wasn’t kidding when he announced that Adam Glass, writer for popular TV shows Supernatural and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders would be joining fan-favorite artist Bernard Chang as the new talent team for Teen Titans, beginning with issue #20 in June. In addition to Damian Wayne (Robin) leading Kid Flash and Red Arrow into new adventures, several completely new characters will be added to the roster, including the daughter of the Main Man and everyone’s favorite(?) Czarnian, Lobo!

Preview: Aquaman #33

Aquaman #33

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Ricardo Federici, Rick Leonardi (CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“The Crown Comes Down” finale! With Mera’s life hanging in the balance, Aquaman must find a way to bring down the Crown of Thorns! But King Rath’s forces are more resolved than ever to take down Aquaman…and time is running out before Mera pays the ultimate price!

Review: Aquaman Vol. 4 Underworld

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Aquaman!

Aquaman Vol. 4 Underworld collects issues #25-30 by Dan Abnett and Stjepan Sejic.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stories January 30. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Aquaman #32

Aquaman #32

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Ricardo Federici (CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Jan 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“The crown comes down” part two! As Aquaman’s resistance against King Rath gains momentum, a new kingpin of crime emerges from the Atlantean underworld-King Shark! But whose side is he on? He could be a powerful ally to the Undercurrent…or a dangerous new agent of evil!

Preview: Aquaman #31

Aquaman #31

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Ricardo Federici (CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Dec 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Take Back the Throne” part one! Arthur joins forces with his new ally Dolphin, his loyal frenemy Vulko, and the love of his life Mera, to rally the underworld of Atlantis and end the reign of the nefarious King Rath! But even as Rath doubles his efforts to destroy “the Aquaman,” dangerous new enemies begin to emerge from unexpected places… some vying for the throne themselves!

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