Justice League Odyssey #1: “Ghost Sector” Part 1
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist and Cover: Stjepan Sejic
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Variant Cover: Terry and Rachel Dodson
What You Need to Know:
After numerous delays, Joshua Williamson and Stjepan Sejic finally take the Justice League to outer space. What brings them on this journey? And how is Darkseid involved? All the answers seem to reside in the Ghost Sector.
What Just Happened:
The issue begins with a prologue involving a Coluan and a Green Lantern on one of the lost planets in the Ghost Sector discussing a message that needs to be sent to the Guardians of the Universe. Green Lantern Topal attempts to take a spaceship out of the Ghost Sector to warn the Guardians. Unfortunately, Topal and her ship meet a grisly end thanks to something large within the Ghost Sector.
Meanwhile, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz keeps watch over the Ghost Sector and the maelstrom outside of it. After a brief discussion between her and Green Lantern Simon Baz detailing the end of their partnership, she is alerted to an unauthorized ship. She investigates and realizes the ship is Braniac’s spaceship. Inside the ship, however, are Cyborg and Starfire. Starfire believes her home planet, Tamaran, is in the Ghost Sector and Cyborg feels responsible for the destruction of Colu. Cyborg also realizes that Azrael is stowed away on the ship and hears a voice calling him to the Ghost Sector. Cyborg and Starfire admit to being compelled to go to the Ghost Sector.
As the ship enters the Ghost Sector, Jessica Cruz, who does not realize that she will not survive in the sector due to the radiation, follows it. Starfire ventures out into the Ghost Sector to rescue Jessica and bring her on board. Jessica tries to arrest her until she realizes Cyborg is on board as well. Before she can process what is happening, creatures that destroyed Topal’s ship attack theirs. The group is able to escape thanks to Starfire powering up Cyborg’s mother box, but the ship crash-lands on an unknown planet within the Ghost Sector.
After the crash, Cyborg and Starfire explain that they have been compelled to come to the Ghost Sector by unforeseen forces. The force then reveals itself as Darkseid and he states that the Ghost Sector’s creation confirms a prophecy he was told by his father: three gods would appear to save the multiverse. Aliens from multiple worlds in the Ghost Sector worship statues that strangely look like Starfire and Cyborg. The Coluan, Kov Mal, prays to a statue that looks like Azrael.
Despite the delays, Justice League Odyssey appears to be worth the wait, at least after this first issue. Williamson has created a team-up book that is not formulaic like other team-up books that have came before it. Spinning out of the events of Justice League: No Justice, this book seems to want to directly address the Ghost Sector and its unknown host of planets. The book contains a diverse lineup of characters, some with existing relationships. Cyborg has the unique experience of working close with Starfire with the Titans and working with Jessica Cruz in the Justice League. The wildcard to me appears to be Azrael. Why is he on this ship? And how does a character who seems out of his depth in space seem to be so integral to the Ghost Sector? It seems a lot of answers will come from Kov Mal and Darkseid. I just wonder if Darkseid really has the answers in regards to saving the multiverse or if this is just the start of another evil plan to enslave the universe.
The art in this issue is wonderful. Sejic’s artwork is lush and colorful. The pages pop and resemble vivid watercolor paintings. The individual characters are intricately detailed, from Jessica’s constructs to Cyborg’s mechanic body. Azarel’s body armor design is extremely cool as well. Darkseid looks both less imposing but more conniving at the same time.
This book is off to a great start and I’m excited to see more outer space Justice League adventures.