I’ve been displeased with the way Justice League Odyssey has been developing, but I have to admit, issue 7 has some positive signs to it.
Starfire battles Blackfire, which is always fun, but the story takes both characters in some interesting directions. Azrael actually gets a decent scene, and a confrontation with Darkseid towards the end of the issue seems to be pointing the book into a better future.
It’s still a bit of a mess, but one can really sense that Dan Abnett is trying to clean things up. It’s not quite there, but at least I am feeling some faith in this series again.
Thankfully, Will Conrad’s art is enough to smooth over the rough spots. While the story still needs some work, every page is great to look at. The action is clear and dynamic, the characters are given interesting angles, ones that work with their emotional states to express them more fully. I don’t usually care for Darkseid when he is rendered with a normal looking head, but here it actually works.
I am glad DC didn’t just kill the book. It always had potential, and appears to be significant in the overall Source Wall plot. It’s the kind of book I want to enjoy, and so I’m more than willing to give it another shot.