Justice League Odyssey #7 Comic Review
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Will Conrad
Colors: Rain Beredo
Cover: Carmine Di Giandomenico & Ivan Plascencia
Letterer: Andworld Design
Variant Cover: Toni Infante
Death of The Dark
What You Need to Know
Starfire and the team have finally made it to her homeworld of Tamaran and are not exactly given a warm welcome. Tamaran is a shell of the planet Starfire remembers and it is barely clinging to life. Blackfire has named herself queen of Tamaran and has ordered her minions to attack the team and kill them. Will the team escape Tamaran and find out what Darkseid is up to? Is Darkseid even in one piece after the Eskatan attacked him?
What Just Happened
This issue begins on Tamaran with Blackfire ordering her army to kill one of the “False Gods” to put a stop to Darkseid’s scheme. Cyborg, Jessica Cruz, and Azrael are barely able to defend themselves from the attack. Starfire is in disbelief as to why her own sister would want her dead. Starfire snaps and unleashes the full amount of her power on Blackfire’s army. Starfire single-handedly defeated the army and confronts Blackfire. Starfire almost kills Blackfire, but Cyborg intervenes to keep Starfire from striking the critical blow. Cyborg is able to get Starfire to calm down. Cyborg theorizes that the Multiverse Key has caused this change in Starfire’s attitude and power level. Blackfire believes the team is pawns of Darkseid. Starfire pleads with her sister to let the team know what she knows about Darkseid to be able to stop him, but the rest of the team decides to leave the planet to prevent any more conflict.
After leaving the planet, Cyborg reveals to Jessica Cruz that he used a drone to hack the Tamaran military database to gain the location of Darkseid. Cyborg believes that finding Darkseid is the key to finding out what is wrong with Starfire. Jessica reveals to Cyborg that she used up a lot of the remaining energy left on her ring. Elsewhere on the ship, Azrael and Starfire bond over trying to find their true purpose and reason for coming to the Ghost Sector. The team tracks Darkseid to Aelon and finds him wounded from when he was attacked by the Eskaton. The Eskaton return to finish off Darkseid and will kill the team to get to him.
Back on Tamaran, Rapture and the Order of Azrael arrive to kill the “False Gods”. Blackfire sees an opportunity and has someone in mind for Rapture and the Order to track and kill. Back on Aelon, Darkseid informs the team about the Eskatan and the team learns that their attacks have next to no effect on the creatures. Jessica Cruz realizes she only has 32% power left on her ring. Starfire does not involve herself in the fight, and Darkseid mocks her for not doing so. Darkseid informs Starfire that he will reveal the answers she seeks regarding the Ghost Sector and Tamaran if she joins the fight. Starfire unleashes on the Eskaton and is able to defeat them. Cyborg berates Darkseid for not telling the team his true intentions, and Darkseid stated that he has to because they would not believe him otherwise. Darkseid informs the team that he will finally tell them the full truth.
This issue of Justice League Odyssey advances the plot in some ways and spins its wheels in others. I enjoyed seeing Starfire cut loose and show the full extent of her powers with a boost from the Multiverse Key. Starfire’s power is awesome but if Cyborg is correct, the boost she is receiving is also affecting her mental health. Even Blackfire was terrified of the power her sister possessed.
Cyborg is able to show his value as a leader in this issue as he is able to get through to Starfire while she is in a rage. Cyborg also shows his resourcefulness by hacking into Tamaran’s defense system while fighting off Blackfire’s army. Azrael even shows a different side of himself as he allows himself to be vulnerable in order to make Starfire feel more comfortable with herself. The two bond over their need to find themselves in The Ghost Sector.
The issue shows Darkseid at his most vulnerable. Darkseid is wounded and near death and is nowhere near the New God who has almost enslaved the universe on numerous occasions. I’m still having trouble seeing the Eskaton as a credible threat and a lot of work needs to be done to establish them if they are going to be the “Big Bad”. I buy Rapture and The Order of Azrael as a bigger threat than The Eskaton at this point. Darkseid is now saying he is going to give answers to the team and all I can say is “Finally!” Now I feel we are getting somewhere.
Will Conrad steps in as artist for this issue and he does a great job. The rotating cast of artists is starting to become distracting to me but I still appreciate Conrad’s realistic character models and Rain Beredo’s vivid colors. Dan Abnett is still trying to find his voice for this book but I have some confidence he will find it.