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Justice League Odyssey #5 Review
By Deejay Dayton
February 22, 2019 - 08:01

DC Comics
Writer(s): Joshua Williamson
Artist(s): Phillipe Briones
Colourist(s): Jeromy Cox
Letterer(s): Deron Bennett
Cover Artist(s): Stjepan Sejic, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
$3.99 28 pages

There are some twists in the latest issue of Justice League Odyssey, although one is not really very surprising. But at least by the end of this issue we are on firmer ground with the overall story.

It is barely a spoiler to reveal that Darkseid has been concealing his true purpose in working with the heroes in the Ghost Sector. His true goals are revealed, and they are logical, well-suited for the character. So that’s all good.

On the other side, Tynion develops Azrael in a way that is just leaving me puzzled. I suppose some explanations could make sense of it all, but my credulity is being strained here.

There seems to be an awful lot of people and worlds in the Ghost Sector that are intimately connected with Earth, and with the heroes on this team. Had the various members been chosen to be part of this branch of the Justice League because of that, I would have been fine with it. I had no trouble with a world connected to Starfire. Cyborg’s planet was acceptable to me. But now I am finding this difficult to swallow.

And that’s a real shame, because overall I am still enjoying the story as I read it. I’m just finding it increasingly difficult to do so after I put the book down. The more I think about it, the more problems I have with it.

So let me close with the one thing I can give unreserved praise to, Carmine Di Giandomenico’s art. No matter how bizarre the story gets, Di Giandomenico renders the characters and settings with detail, energy and emotion.

Without his art, I suspect my problems with the storyline would be much greater. So it’s a darn good thing his visuals make this fun.

Rating: 8/10

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