February 24, 2024

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Comic Review: Justice League Odyssey Volume 3

Jessica Cruz recruits some new allies to free her friends from the control of Darkseid.

At the end of the second volume of the Justice League Odyssey trade, Darkseid solidified his control over the Ghost Sector, a portion of space that has been cut off from the rest of the multiverse..  He did so by taking control over the three Earth heroes he had lured there, transforming Cyborg, Starfire, and Azrael into, essentially, a new batch of New Gods.  However, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz was along for the ride accidentally, and with no way to charge her ring, her resistance didn’t last long as the ring died and Darkseid killed her.

But we can’t continue a series like this with all of the original lead characters dead or evil, so where did writer Dan Abnett go from there?  I opted to find out by reading the third volume, subtitled Final Frontier.

Obviously, Cyborg, Starfire, and Azrael are all evil now, even as Vic can somewhat resist Darkseid’s reprogramming.  That means a new batch of heroes needs to get involved, and that leads us to the mysterious Okkult, a Zamoran technician named Arla Hex, and Dex-Starr the Red Lantern cat.  Hex has a machine that may be able to pull Darkseid out of the Ghost Sector.  Instead, it pulls three things that were close to Darkseid:  Starfire’s sister Blackfire, the remains of Jessica Cruz, and a cube that turns out to be the combined might of the Eskaton, powerful beings whose sole job is to eliminate any leftover New Gods after their time in the universe has passed.

And then Jessica gets better.  Something has revived her, and while she still can’t charge her Lantern ring, she does find herself using a small portion of Darkseid’s Omega Effect instead.  And when Okkult in short order turns out to be Orion, the Eskaton needs to be dealt with and then the ship repaired as Jessica gets what seems to be either a pre-recorded or perhaps a live message from Victor Stone.

The point is, writer Dan Abnett, like he did a couple times with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, just tossed in a new line-up of weird cosmic heroes to continue the story.  Jessica asserts herself as both a member of the Justice League and a Green Lantern to take control of the group, and as things stand, it sure does look the only person in the group she can really trust is of all people the sometime Titans foe Blackfire.  Orion has his own agenda, Dex-Starr is inherently a bad teammate, Hex is hiding things, and the Eskaton is more of a weapon-of-last-resort than a teammate  And that’s before they get to the ship junkyard to get some more equipment, meet some more oddballs, and maybe come up with a plan to save the Ghost Sector and the three Earth heroes.

That said, these aren’t exactly a lovable group of rogues.  I am not sure how much I can get into these particular characters as a group.  True, of the three relaunched Justice League titles, Odyssey is the one I got into the least.  I mean, I reviewed the previous volume almost a year ago.  It’s clearly not a priority.  The story and the artwork is fine, but I’m just not feeling this group as a team I care enough about to follow.  Will I get the fourth volume?  Probably, but I won’t rush after it any time soon.

7.5 out of 10 deals made with angry cats.