Title: Justice League Odyssey (2018-) #1
Words: Joshua Williamson
Art: Stjepan Sejic
Published: September 26, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: 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 stop Despero from slave-trading Coluan refugees, they discover something that nothing in the universe could have prepared them for: Darkseid…who says he’s there to help?!
Emerging from the rubble that resulted from the destruction caused in Justice League: No Justice, a new team, that consists of Jessica Cruz, Cyborg, Starfire, Azrael, and oddly, Darkseid(!?), begins its journey toward making the multiverse whole. And, if you find it strange that these heroes are teaming up with Darkseid, trust me, you’re not alone.
Although Justice League Odyssey (2018-) #1 isn’t exactly a “round ‘em up” issue, it does establish the team and introduce the major players and conjure interest in what’s still to come. The first half of this issue works well enough but isn’t interesting enough to capture attention; come the midpoint if the book, however, the story takes off and eventually ends on an exciting note. After reading the Justice League Odyssey (2018-) #1 I’m still unsure if this group and this story will work, but I’m willing to keep reading.
Joshua Williamson’s script is well-written, but there’s a good deal of information that needs to be related to readers; this information adds weight and slows the story down. Again, halfway through the book, the pace picks up and redeems what a somewhat lackluster opening. Also, Williamson makes clear the potential that the series has and give readers good reason to stick around for at least another issue.
Typically, I enjoy comic books that take place off-Earth because of the seemingly limitless creative possibilities that the multiverse provides artists with. In Justice League Odyssey (2018-) #1, the artwork is disappointing and feels incomplete. I’m unsure of why the book looks like this, but the line work is rough and loose and doesn’t quite fit. Several panels–and full-page spreads for that matter–fall short of their potential because of this odd line work and the distraction that it creates.
Justice League Odyssey is off to a solid enough start, but it’s far from perfect. With some improvement, Justice League Odyssey could be great. There’s enough of here, however, for me to recommend the book to those interested, but there’s not enough for me to recommend it to non-fans or those unfamiliar with the characters involved.
The Bottom Line:
Justice League Odyssey is off to a solid enough start, but it’s far from perfect. With some improvement, the series can be great.