Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Justice League Odyssey #16 Review

Cuts like a (Gamma) Knife

Writer: Dan Abnett
Art: Cliff Richards
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 11th, 2019

Review by Joey Casco of

After the Eskaton did some serious damage to their ship, it's time to start repairing! And finding out what is going on with Orion.

I'm going to try and keep this review as short as possible because, well, not a lot really goes on but there's A LOT of talking. Blackfire, Dex-Starr, and Hax are in it quite a bit but not worth really recapping.

While Blackfire, Dex-Starr, and Hax go out to the junked ships surrounding them Jessica has a word with Orion. He doesn't like the way she's taken over and she's not scared of him. He tells of what happened to the New Gods after the fall of the source wall; the New Gods began to "unform" and he was the only one to escape in a Boom Tube. So he used Okkulting armor to remain unseen from the Eskaton. He then blames the Justice League for what going on now with Darkseid because they took away his power and he wanted to regain it.

So Jess tells him about Perpetua and that Darkseid was actually doing this for his own survival, not just from power hunger. Orion doesn't believe her because "there is no force in the multiverse more potent and destructive than Darkseid." While Jess is telling Orion they're going to find Darkseid and "entirely kill his ass", they're notified that they've been boarded.

It's Gamma Knife, daughter of Space Ranger, and she's been collecting stuff from the ships in the area for an unnamed boss. She's got these droids that won't STFU and it gets a little Bendis-y here. But she finds the Eskaton block, not knowing what it is, just knowing that it looks valuable. Orion and Jess show up, and Gamma Knife and her droids hold their own, even taking down Orion.

Jess is able to settle things down by letting her know she's from the Justice League. But there's a loud noise and Gamma Knife flies away in fear. We find out what that noise is as the cliffhanger and it's not good. Meanwhile, with the other members of the team, Blackfire is making a stand against another threat in a cliffhanger of their own.

Bits and Pieces:

This feels like an extra-long issue because there’s a lot of talking, but it’s not people just talking for the sake of talking (except for Gamma Knife and her drones). Jessica has a long talk with Orion where we find out what happened to him and why he has such disdain for Jessica and the Justice League, so that part of the story is filled in. And I actually like Gamma Knife more than I thought I would. The cliffhangers left on both ends of the team are pretty awesome, and the issue isn’t bad, but it just doesn’t really suck you in or feel captivating.


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