Review: Justice League Odyssey #5

“Ghost Sector” – Part Five
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Color Artist: Ivan Plascencia
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Review by Adam Ray

The Justice League are still very involved in their crusade. We ended last issue with the show of just how strongly some believe in their old gods. The events in this deep space setting are starting to unfold and this issue gave us a real insight into why tall this is happening. Darkseid’s machinations give us a sense where the series is going. In addition, the followers of these Old Gods start to make their presence felt. After this series’ shaky start, and what feels like the halfway point looming, the title’s big focus is finally starting to come together.
We get some development of Cyborg, and his handling of how the people of the Machine Worlds do things, but this is Azrael’s issue. As Jean-Paul spends time reminiscing on how he became involved in the Ghost Sector, we Batman remember seeing him go through quite the evolution. Transitioning from Batman’s murderous stand-in to a welcome member of the extended family. In this issue, his transition is much more subtle. It’s very difficult for us to change our opinion of a character in one issue the way we do with him, without sounding inconsistent. His overall shift makes total sense, and adds fuelled the narrative for the rest of the series.

Conclusion

This issue’s dramatic action sequences brought the issue to life. Even the grandiose events away from our heroes with Darkseid are dramatic and exciting. Fighting through the streets of Machine Worlds allows a reader to relax and let the pulsing action just rocket across the pages.
This issue feels very crucial for the future of the series. Many complications have presented themselves to our heroes, and it’s all going to get more tense in deep space.
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on January 30th 2019)

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