Justice League Odyssey #4 // Review
Searching through the Ghost Sector continues as this rag tag group of heroes encounter even more mysteries spiraling from the events of Justice League: No Justice as they grow closer as an actual team. Joshua Williamson and Philippe Briones tackle this space opera together bringing more importance to these niche characters while also expanding the DCU in the process.
Darkseid continues to guide the prospective team from afar while his exact reasons remains unknown to the heroes and readers alike. Cyborg has been found to be a god on a new planet as an old fan favorite villain returns and a new villain emerges. Due to the delays the series tends to suffer from being stuck in the first act. Relying so heavily on a mini series that ended months ago would have had larger impacts if it managed to release sooner. Albeit late, this issue still contends to be the best of the bunch while giving a much needed, and appreciated, focus on Victor Stone Cyborg.
Williamson continues to bring readers on a journey across the cosmos of the DCU, while the series finds its overall purpose. As the title carries forward and the delays become further behind, moving passed the first arc will help the series tremendously. With both Justice League titles having gone through multiple story arcs and crossovers, this iteration of the team still lacks from having a larger role, albeit a fun ride nonetheless.
Briones, previously seen on the main Justice League title with Christopher Priest, brings some of his best work at DC with this title. Whereas with the scripts that had Priest demanded, Briones’ art came off as bogged down without enough room to spread his metaphorical wings. With Williamson, he is able to flourish and truly bring this space opera in full effect on the pages. Stjepan Sejic had been penciling the title but after multiple delays and miscommunication issues had been replaced by Briones, but bringing a much tighter look to the series all around. The colors of Jeremy Cox add that extra pop to Briones’ pencils, leaving every page steaming with life and perpetuating the grandiose nature of the series as a whole.
This gorgeous space opera reaches new heights with this issue, making for an entertaining read regardless of the lack of overall importance in the grand scheme of things. Briones makes his mark as a perfect fit for the title and Williamson’s scripts as the JLO comes one step closer to forming together officially.