Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Justice League Odyssey #6 Review

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Carmine di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 27, 2019

Review by Joey Casco of

After trying to stay positive with this title while it's been trashed pretty badly, even I was beginning to lose hope. But we see a writer change just in time, as Abnett takes over from Williamson starting with this issue. Hopefully, he can get this thing going because I like the story and I like the team, but the way it's all been told and presented has not been good. So let's jump in!

We start off with Darkseid on a planet named Aeolon. Its inhabitants have been helping him find a sacred site that he needs to go to so he can infuse some relic in with his Other Box, but as soon as they reach the site they turn on him. They had been programmed by Brainiac to stop Darkseid from getting what he needs and provide them with weapons powerful enough to take out a New God. Darkseid gets beat up pretty bad pretty quickly, but he keeps fighting.

Meanwhile, Jessica is pretty furious that nobody is listening to her. She wants to try and escape the Ghost Sector so they can get help, while Starfire, Cyborg, and Azrael want to go to Tamaran. The Motherbox that Cyborg connected himself to in the last issue told him that Darkseid was there. Jessica tries talking sense into them by reminding them that they were duped by Darkseid into coming to the Ghost Sector, but nobody seems to care. They want to stop Darkseid from going through with his plan to build an Apokolips across multiverses, but Jessica knows they won't be enough.

The effects of the Source Wall finally breaking over in the Justice League book are shown. Brainiac's Skull Ship containing the Odyssey team gets hit with a pink-ish shockwave and Cyborg is forced to make a crash landing on Tamaran. Meanwhile, while Darkseid fights for his life, the Other Box lets him see New Genesis and Apokolips be destroyed. He is the only New God alive now, and he goes totally apenuts and continues to kick some ass. It’s not too late for him to save existence.

After crashing on Tamaran, Jessica reveals to Cyborg that she can’t access her power battery in the Ghost Sector maelstrom so she can’t recharge her ring. She’s at 40% and needs to pick her spots wisely to use her ring, which is why she desperately needs to get out of the Ghost Sector. Then we hear Starfire scream from outside. Tamaran is basically on fire, being destroyed by the instability of the Ghost Sector.

Blackfire, the queen of Tamaran and Starfire’s sister, greets them with an army. She recalls what happened with Darkseid and that he left in a boom tube, and she twice asks the question we’ve all been wondering; why the hell have they been worshipped as gods for thousands of years before they were born? It was all part of Darkseid’s plan. She says that the deal she struck with Darkseid was a bad one because he spared Tamaran but Tamaran is just a dying mess, and she’s going to go stop him herself. Only one thing needs to go wrong for Darkseid’s plan to fail, and that includes the death of even just one of the Odyssey crew. Then she instructs her army to attack and kill them.

Back on Aeolon, Darkseid has defeated the natives and gotten his relic, and he integrates it with the Other Box. But ancient beings called the Eskaton manifest, proving true an old myth that they would come to pick at the bare bones of the New Gods while the Fourth World dies. One moment Darkseid is, and the next Darkseid was.

I enjoyed the heck out of this, and it’s all because of the villains. Darkseid was a complete badass, and I really liked Blackfire too. Cyborg and Jessica’s moment alone was nice, Cyborg admitting that this wasn’t a real “team” and he really needs her because of that. I hope that’s the start of some team building. It’s nice to see some good dialogue and communication. The art was great too and showed the devastating moments that occurred with intensity and gravity. 

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I’m looking forward to seeing if Abnett keeps this up because that would make me very happy.


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