Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Justice League Odyssey #9 Review

Come to the Darkseid

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Ivan Plascencia, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 8, 2019

Review by Joey Casco of

With Azrael, Starfire, and Jessica facing certain death while outnumbered, and with Cyborg and Darkseid being boom tubed away, Azreael begins to fill his prophecy as "the voice that binds". He speaks and his words bring the attacking armies of Tamaran and the Azraelite order to their knees. They're powerless.

That's where we pick up, with Azrael spewing out a bunch of jibba jabba and for whatever reason, nobody can do anything. Jessica asks him how he's doing it and he says "I think I've always been able to do this. I've just never had enough faith in myself before to speak the truth." Pffft, what?

Blackfire's pissed off because they're willingly playing the pawns for Darkseid, nobody is listening to her, and she can't fight back. Jessica is pissed off because they're willingly playing the pawns for Darkseid, nobody is listening to her, and they're her friends. Blackfire has had enough and teleports away, while Jessica has no choice but to continue to try and talk sense into Starfire.

Meanwhile, Cyborg is on another planet. He's been abandoned by Darkseid, who apparently is piloting a space ship in Justice League now, and left there to recover one of Darkseid's relics.  (Darkseid hid relics on a bunch of planets that would help him when the Source Wall broke, Brainiac collected those planets to hide the relics from Darkseid, and they were released in No Justice to create the Ghost Sector).

So basically this issue is Cyborg fighting insects programmed by Brainiac (and he does get the relic), Jessica unsuccessfully trying to convince Starfire that they're being played, and Azrael gaining faith and control over Rapture again. Oh, and now Cyborg has boom tube capabilities but he can't get them out of the Ghost Sector, he can only bounce from relic to relic.

However, when Cyborg gets back to the ship he admits how much of a crap leader he's been and comes up with a plan to use Darkseid and then turn on him. So there's that. And, most importantly, Jessica asks her ring (remember she can't recharge it) how much power it would need to drain to take down her three teammates.

Bits and Pieces

One good thing is that this book seems to be coming closer to colliding with the other Justice League books and providing a purpose. The bad thing is, and I've liked this title more than a lot of people, it doesn't deserve to be important. Seriously, what they're doing here is probably more important to saving the universe than what's going on in the Justice League book but it doesn't feel important. Also, the only two sane people in this title right now are Jessica and Blackfire. Honestly, I'm hoping Jessica actually does go through with it and mops the floor with them.


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