Justice League Odyssey #3
It’s probably not fair to compare the two, but so far Justice League Odyssey hasn’t quite connected like Justice League Dark.
Odyssey is now in its third issue but writer Joshua Williamson hasn’t figured out the book’s hook yet. That hasn’t been the case with JL Dark, which came out roaring and has exceeded expectations. So far Odyssey feels like a group of cast-offs in outer space without much of a purpose.
Cyborg, Starfire, Jessica Cruz and Azrael tangle with an infected teammate, alien pursuers and a slave ring. Then there’s the matter of these statues placed through the galaxy in their honor and the mysterious Azrael disciple.
This team probably needs a fifth member and not the lurking in the shadows Darkseid. It’s hard to see why he’s so interested in this particular group of heroes. Hopefully Williamson doesn’t stretch that motive out much longer.
Philippe Briones fills in for Stjepan Sejic as artist. Briones is a capable artist but it’s disappointing that Sejic appears to already be done as the main artist. Briones’ art lacks the depth and flair of Sejic’s art, which was a major selling point while Williamson fleshed out the story.
This was the weakest issue of the series so far. Justice League Odyssey has potential with one of DC’s brightest creators behind it, but we’re reaching the point where it needs to start turning the corner to become a can’t-miss title.
Rating: 7 out of 10