The second issue of Justice League Odyssey takes the story in a surprising direction. It also feels a bit more like a Justice League story this time around. I complained about the first issue not really feeling like one, because of Starfire and Cyborg. This time around, I just didn’t feel that, even though the line-up remains the same.
Actually, this should have felt even more like a Titans story to me. Starfire is the central character for this issue, as the fledgling team reach a lost world within the Ghost Sector.
The book looks to be taking a turn into New Gods story, and floats the concept that Starfire is one of that elite. It’s a bit of a strange notion, as Starfire’s family is long established, with no connection to the New Gods at all, but it remains an interesting tack to examine.
The art in this issue is great. Sejic really excels when the characters reach the temples on this world.
It’s also very interesting to see Darkseid functioning as a supporting player, not as a villain. There is still absolutely no reason for any of the heroes to trust him, but the story seems large enough in its scope that Darkseid can be another player, rather than the ominous force above it all. That’s not easy to pull off, and it will be a challenge, going forward, to keep him from overpowering the tale, without neutering the character.
But right now, the first two issues have given me every reason to believe that Williamson and Sejic are up to the task they have set themselves.