A new version of Justice League, introduced back in No Justice, finally launches with Justice League Odyssey 1. The team’s mission relates back to No Justice, as they venture into the Ghost Sector, for worlds once under Colu’s domination.
The story itself is fine. It’s mostly introduction and set-up, as it would be. There is an effective opening scene with a former Green Lantern falling victim to evil forces that the League will soon face.
I also quite enjoyed the art. Stjepan Sejic really does the various hairstyles and textures of the characters well. Usually I don’t even notice such things, so the fact that I did is a credit to him.
But mostly, in this review, I want to discuss the line-up of the team. This just doesn’t feel like a Justice League book to me. Sure, we have Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and Azrael more or less filling in the Batman role. But the core of the group is Cyborg and Starfire.
Yes, ever since the New 52 Cyborg has been a core member of the League, I know that. But in my mind he is still a Titan, and putting him with Starfire, giving those two the main roles, makes this feel more like a Titans spin-off than a Justice League one.
Although it is far too soon to tell what this book will become, I am already longing for Hawkman and/or Adam Strange, two characters will long histories with the League, and the outer space backgrounds to make them fit in here.
Aside from that problem, I did enjoy this first issue a lot.