Justice League Odyssey #5 Comic Review
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colors: Ivan Plascencia
Cover: Stjepan Sejic
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Variant Cover: Terry & Rachel Dodson
Ghost Sector Part Five
“Secrets Buried in the Ghost Sector”
What You Need to Know
All hell breaks loose in the Machine Worlds with our team of heroes trying to escape with their lives. One hero, however, finds that their goals may be more in line with the followers of Cyborg than previously thought. Elsewhere in the Ghost Sector, Darkseid continues his personal mission on Tamaran. Does Darkseid truly have the best interests of the multiverse at heart? Or is this phase one of a fiendish plot to enslave the universe once more?
What Just Happened
The issue begins with Azrael, his follower Rapture, Jessica Cruz, and Starfire battling against hordes of robots on the Machine Worlds within the Ghost Sector. Jessica Cruz is able to create an escape route, and the team heads off to find Cyborg. Speaking of Cyborg, he continues his discussion with the Programmer regarding the ethics of turning on a Mother Box to turn every being in the Ghost Sector into cyborgs in Cyborg’s image. Cyborg refuses to take part in such an act, but the Programmer informs him that this is the only way to avoid a war within the Ghost Sector between the followers of Cyborg, Azrael, and Starfire.
On Tamaran, Darkseid and Blackfire journey to the Royal Tombs on the planet. Darkseid believes the secret to preserving the multiverse resides in the depths of the tombs. Darkseid pledges to leave Tamaran under Blackfire’s control after he finds what he needs to save the multiverse.
Back on the Machine Worlds, the rest of the team finds Cyborg. Surprisingly, Cyborg is open to using the Mother Box that the Programmer built to learn the secrets of the Ghost Sector and why Darkseid is involved. When the team tries to intervene, the Programmer becomes enraged and attacks. While the team defends themselves, Cyborg plugs into the Mother Box. After connecting, Cyborg learns the truth that Darkseid lied to them all. Darkseid is actually planning to use the Ghost Sector to create a New Apokolips where he can rule the entire multiverse. Cyborg learns that the Coluans were actually bottling up the worlds in the Ghost Sector to keep them from falling under Darkseid’s control. Cyborg then begins to lose himself inside the Mother Box. Azrael attempts to help Cyborg but Rapture attempts to stop him by appealing to him as a God. Azrael rejects Rapture’s worship, and Rapture reveals that his faith led him to slaughter Starfire’s followers. Enraged, Starfire attacks Rapture, but Azrael intervenes to prevent any more bloodshed. Rapture continues to appeal to Azrael, but Azrael strikes him down. Disappointed, Rapture disappears from the scene. Azrael is then able to free Cyborg from the Mother Box. Cyborg reveals to the team that he now knows where Tamaran is.
Back on Tamaran, Darkseid continues his plunge deep into the depths of Tamaran. Darkseid surfaces and informs Blackfire that long ago he hid the components to his plan to “save” the Multiverse throughout the Ghost Sector. Cyborg reveals the device he uncovered in Tamaran that will find the components, the Other Box.
Rapture regroups and continues his discontent with his experience with Azrael. Rapture reveals himself to be the Coluan we met in issue #1 who has forsaken science and embraced his spirituality with his worship of Azrael. Now that he feels forsaken by Azrael, he unleashes the Order of Azrael to kill the “Old Gods”.
A whole lot happens in this issue. The plot advanced significantly and quickly. Combine that with a lot of action packed scenes, and this was a very fun issue and possibly the best issue of the series so far. Jessica Cruz continues to be the bewildered tag-a-long that just might be the most powerful member on the team. Plus her constructs are consistently awesome. I’ll also credit that to the awesome art provided by Carmine Di Giandomenico. I’ve always been a fan of Giandomenico’s work and this issue was no different. Starfire was allowed to cut loose in this issue and show some aggression that even the peaceful princess can only be pushed so far. Joshua Williamson’s strange characterization of Azrael continues, as he went from comic relief last issue to tortured hero this issue. I do feel this characterization benefitted Azrael much better as he struggled with the worship he received from Rapture and the acts Rapture committed in Azrael’s name. Cyborg continues to sacrifice himself for the greater good and put his body on the line to gain the secrets of the Ghost Sector. I found it interesting that Starfire criticized Cyborg for letting his “followers” get to his head, but she went into a seemingly murderous rage when she found out Rapture killed her “followers”.
The big reveal in this issue is Darkseid’s true plan for the Ghost Sector. Cyborg learning that Darkseid wants to turn the Ghost Sector into “New Apokolips” is not surprising but still a doozy of a reveal. Darkseid has not revealed his cards yet, but the “Other Box” may be the start of his villainous quest.