“The Beginning of The End” (Justice League Odyssey #6 Comic Review)

Justice League Odyssey #6 Comic Review

Writer: Dan Abnett

Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico

Colors: Ivan Plascencia

Cover: Carmine Di Giandomenico & Ivan Plascencia

Letterer: Andworld Design

Variant Cover: Toni Infante

Things Fall Apart

“The Beginning of The End”

What You Need to Know

The Odyssey takes a detour with a new creative team but similar direction. Our team of heroes continues to explore the Ghost Sector with a new mission, find Darkseid and stop him. Darkseid, in the meantime continues his hunt for the materials needed to “save” the multiverse. Are Darkseid’s intentions pure? Or will the Odyssey team stop him from another plot to control the multiverse?

What Just Happened

The issue begins with Darkseid exploring another planet within the Ghost Sector. Darkseid is on the planet Aeolon to find another component to his device that will save or enslave the multiverse depending on what you believe. Darkseid is confronted by the natives of Aeolon, the Anoot, who have been corrupted by Brainiac as a way to keep Darkseid from accessing the component. During the battle, Darkseid feels the beginning of the multiverse cracking, and fears that he may be too late to enact his plan.

Elsewhere in the Ghost Sector, our ragtag group of heroes is arguing over whether they should go to Tamaran. Jessica Cruz believes that the team is out of their depth and need to return to their sector to seek help from their fellow heroes. Starfire wants to finally return to her home planet. Cyborg agrees so they team can track Darkseid and stop him from completing his latest plot to control the multiverse. Azrael sides with Starfire and Cyborg. The ship is suddenly hit with a wave of the same source energy that Darkseid sensed was the beginning of the destruction of the multiverse. The ship manages to survive being exposed to that energy source, and crash-lands on Tamaran. Jessica reveals to Cyborg that she has not been able to access her power battery since entering the Ghost Sector. Jessica informs Cyborg that her ring’s energy is at 40%.

Starfire is devastated by destruction that has occurred on Tamaran and demands to know who is behind the state of her home world. Blackfire confronts her sister with an army by her side and blames Starfire for the state of their world. Blackfire informs Starfire, Cyborg, and Azrael that they are puppets in Darkseid’s grand scheme. Blackfire also reveals that it was the instability of the Ghost Sector, not Darkseid, that caused Tamaran’s destruction. Blackfire also admits that she was duped into assisting Darkseid in obtaining the Other Box in exchange for the throne of Tamaran. Blackfire admits the throne does not mean much when the planet is a wasteland. Blackfire informs the team that Darkseid’s scheme has been in motion since before they were born and the inhabitants of the sector knew they were coming. Blackfire decides that in order to stop Darkseid, she must kill the “New Gods”. Blackfire orders her men to kill the heroes.

On Aeolon, Darkseid is finally able to defeat the corrupted Anoot left for him by Brainiac. Darkseid claims the second relic he has been seeking from the core of the planet. Darkseid reveals he must unite the relic with the Other Box to begin building what he calls Sepulkore. During the process, Darkseid hears a voice calling out to him. Darkseid realizes that an ancient New God eating entity called the Eskaton is calling out to him and mocking him in telling him that his scheme is foolish. Before Darkseid can respond, the Eskaton guts him.

My Thoughts

If there was one writer that can be trusted to create a space epic, it is Dan Abnett. I enjoyed what Josh Williamson was creating in the first 5 issues, but I have faith that Abnett will continue what Williamson has started. Stjepan Sejic will definitely be missed as the artist on the book, but Carmine Di Giandomenico is definitely no slouch. Darkseid’s quest to find the components to complete his machine continues, and I’m sort of reminded of the Thanos Quest miniseries. What keeps this development interesting is that I am still not sure of whether Darkseid’s plan is really for the good of the multiverse or for his continued desire to eliminate free will. I am still betting on the latter. Seeing a weaker Darkseid swarmed by enemies that he would have mowed down at full power is also something I continue to find compelling. I’m not too excited about the Eskaton however, seems like Abnett is creating a “Boss” for the sake of it. We’ll see how it turns out.

One interesting development has to do with Jessica Cruz. It seems like Dan Abnett will be breaking her down to build her back up. Jessica is showing serious doubt about the mission in the Ghost Sector and feels inadequate as a hero. Making matters worse is the dwindling power her ring is holding. I am interested in seeing how Jessica finds her worth as a hero while in the sector. The ring does not make her and I believe there will be an event that proves this to her in the near future. Cyborg sees the hero in Jessica and he believes that they are enough to take down Darkseid. Azrael is not given much to do in this issue and only contributes maybe a line of dialogue. Starfire’s quest takes a tragic turn, as she is able to return to Tamaran only to find it destroyed with her sister claiming a hollow throne. Worst of all, her sister has ordered that Starfire and her team be killed. I don’t know why, but I feel that Blackfire will be joining the team on their quest. That will be something I will be keeping an eye on for future issues.

As I alluded to earlier, Di Giandomenico is a great artist. The art in this book reads like dramatic paintings that come together to tell an epic story. The art is boosted by Ivan Plascencia’s colors. Hopefully the team of Abnett and Di Giandomenico can have the time to create the story they want to tell.

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Marcus Freeman

Marcus Freeman

Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.
Summary
A new creative team does not bail out our team of heroes from the insanity within the Ghost Sector. Darkseid continues his quest but for the first time in his existence he is now prey and not the predator. The Odyssey team is hot on Darkseid’s trail but is taking time to mourn for the state of Tamaran and survive the assault from Blackfire and her minions. Dan Abnett has set in motion his plans to create a new space epic.
Good
  • Great art
  • Vulnerable Jessica Cruz
  • Weakened Darkseid on a quest for power
Bad
  • Azrael is once gain reduced to a background player
  • Eskaton seems lame
8.3
Great
Story - 8
Art - 9
Character Development - 8
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Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.

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