Justice League Odyssey #2 Comic Review
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist & Cover: Stjepan Sejic
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Variant Cover: Terry & Rachel Dodson
Ghost Sector Part Two
“The New New Gods”
What You Need to Know
Darkseid has revealed himself, and of course these ragtag group of heroes believe that he has something to do with what’s happening in the Ghost Sector, and why they were drawn there in the first place. Darkseid swears that he has no ulterior motives and he is in the Ghost Sector to ask the heroes to join him and become the gods they are destined to be. Starfire, Cyborg, and Azrael as gods? That can’t be real, can it?
What Just Happened
The issue starts with a depiction of Darkseid’s resurrection that is shown in a way that leads the reader to believe that this is not the same Darkseid who ruled Apokolips with ruthless aggression. The heroes freak out at the fact that Darkseid appeared out of thin air, and they respond by launching an all out assault on him. Darkseid chastises the team for their foolishness in attacking him when he is not there for a battle. Darkseid does seem concerned about the presence of Jessica Cruz, as he states a Green Lantern is not a part of the prophecy that has been foretold. Cyborg in general does not trust Darkseid and takes him on head on. Cyborg even mocks Darkseid and tells him he is a shell of his former self.
Darkseid seems to have enough of the battle and leads the team to a site of an alter where a giant statue of what looks like Starfire was seemingly worshipped by a number of alien beings that are lying dead at the alter. Before Cyborg can ask Darkseid what his true intentions are, Darkseid disappears. Starfire studies the statue and notices that it is accurate to her people’s traditional garb. Jessica and Cyborg want to leave, but Starfire states she is not leaving until she finds answers as to what’s going on.
A surviving member of the group that was worshipping the statue appears and is overjoyed to see her and prays at her feet. The being asks about being taken to the “Great Reward”. Starfire asks why the being’s people worship her, and he shows her inside the alter and explains that they have always worshipped her and followed her beliefs of kindness, love, family, friends, and the promise of a new world that they would be brought to if they followed her. The being explains that they were in a state of limbo after Brainiac abducted their city, and now he states his people are in hell in the Ghost Sector. The being explained that the environment of the Ghost Sector killed most of his people off and the surviving members gathered to pray to the alter of Starfire. The being explains that “angels” arrived and instead of bringing them salvation, they were slaughtered. The being states that the “angels” are after something he has been protecting in the alter. The being reveals to the team that he has been guarding the Multiverse Key, which is described as an item that can bring “great change”. Starfire cannot understand the alien languages on the key, and the being, who has revealed that he is dying, asks for his dying wish to be Starfire to lay her hands on him to absorb his people’s language. Starfire does so and begins to decipher the key. Jessica’s ring gets an alert that the planet’s integrity is compromised. Starfire realizes that she absorbed more than the being’s language, and that his essence is full of dark energy. Starfire is overwhelmed with power and warns the team to stay away from her because she can’t control it.
The intrigue continues in the Ghost Sector, and I am invested in how this story plays out. Darkseid seems to know more than what he is revealing, and the fact that he needs Starfire, Cyborg, and Azrael to save the multiverse leads me to believe that he may not have solely evil intentions. The beginning of this issue shows us Darkseid’s recent journey, and he seems to be a different being than he was before. I understand why the team wasted no time in attacking Darkseid, but the construction of this team leads to believe that they would have a slim chance of defeating him, and he display of strength confirmed that fact for me.
The issue gets really interesting when Darkseid shows the team the alter to Starfire, complete with a giant statue in her image. I was confused and intrigued by the alien beings who worship Starfire. Even though this issue explains why they worship Starfire, I’m still not sure how they were able to worship Starfire in the first place. A mystery I’m excited to see uncovered in future issues. More questions that need answers: were those “angels” Thangarians? Why did they kill Starfire’s worshippers? What is the purpose of the Multiverse Key?
Overall this was a strong second issue of a book I was worried about after the numerous delays it experienced. The team dynamic is dysfunctional but very entertaining. Azrael has the line of the issue when he states how anxious he is to see who worships him. Other than that, I would have liked to see more from Azrael and Jessica Cruz. Jessica had a cool show of strength against Darkseid, but other than that she was just used as the voice of reason to ask what’s going on and why they were there in the first place. The art continues to be beautiful and the action in this issue only highlighted how strong the art and colors are in this issue.