Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Justice League Odyssey #17 Review

Writer: Dan Abnett
Art: Will Conrad
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 15th, 2020

Darkseid's new New Gods have caught up to our new Odyssey team, capturing Orion and Jessica Cruz, while Gamma Knife fled the scene. Meanwhile, Blackfire, Dex-Starr, and Hax have issues of their own, being attacked by random robots while scavenging for parts to fix the ship.

Gamma Knife sits on an asteroid, communicating with her boss and letting him know what just happened. She found a motherload power source (the Eskaton block) but it was under the protection of Justice League members, and they were taken down easily by Darkseid's "minions". Her boss tells her to go back and save the JL members, and she and her drones do not want anything to do with that, but hey, orders are orders!

Both Orion and Jessica are constrained onto big metal X's with power dampening shackles. Jessica is passed out and Orion is listening to this new New God named Xotor monologue. I really like this part too. He's talking about how Orion's New Gods are a thing of the past and their mythologies will be forgotten, while his New Gods will build their mythologies from here and eclipse theirs. Cyborg, under Darkseid's control, stands there and pings, and Orion tells them that he will burn them all to a screaming death.

While Jessica is unconscious, the message by Cyborg plays again in her dream. This time it's different again, because Cyborg is standing right in front of her and updating it with a newer message. He says he's sorry but they have her captured and there is nothing he can do about it. He's going to kill her, and she should kill him first if she gets the chance. Yet, Cyborg does help her! When she wakes up, all Xotor wants to do is kill her because she's not important and, obviously, also dangerous. But Cyborg keeps giving Xotor reasons why they should keep her alive and finally convinces him.

Suddenly, Orion says that they should just kill him now. Why? Because he's going to kill them. Xotor begins to tell him he'll never have the opportunity to try, but Orion jumps up and attacks him! This is a great scene of Orion just going to town on everybody while Jessica freaks out from her constraints. And the spread page where he activates his war gear and Retroglider? FRIGGIN AWESOME. How did he get out? Gamma Knife had her drones sneak in and free him, and now they free Jessica to have even more of a great fight where the three of them battle these new New Gods.

On one of the abandoned ships, Hax is panicking while Dex-Starr and Blackfire fight these giant mech robots (they have nothing to do with the New Gods the other guys are fighting). She starts rambling off all of her accomplishments and about how smart she is, and this is how she's going to die... at the hands of "feral mechoids as soon as they have finished killing a psychotic Red Lantern feline and a Tamaranean Queen who smells of Neroli and rosewood and scares me every time she looks at me." I had a good laugh from that. In her panic, she realizes that she IS smart and it's on her to get them out of this. She deduces that these mechoids must have a signal controlling them so she uses a device to block the signal, and the mechoids fall. Because they were following instructions, they believe that somebody doesn't want them going deeper into the wrecks.

At the end of the issue they're invited into a room after being asked over a speaker by a mysterious voice if they're from the Justice League, which Hax replies with a yes. And on the last page we find out who this person is that was controlling the mechoids, and possibly who Gamma Knife's boss is.

Bits and Pieces

I had a lot of fun with this issue. Not only is the art really good but the action is intense and the dialogue keeps you invested and interested (well, except for maybe Gamma Knife's drones). Orion fighting back and phasing in his war gear legit gave me goosebumps, I grew to really like Hax in this issue, and Jessica's monthly badass one-liner moment does not disappoint. This title has been a roller coaster lately, switching between good issues and bad ones. But when it's good it's really good, and this is one of those.


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