Justice League Odyssey #18
Green Lantern Jess Cruz, Orion, and Gamma Knife are stranded beyond the edge of the universe and under attack by Darkseid goons including a brainwashed Cyborg. Jess makes Eskaton spare when Eskaton makes an appearance looking to annihilate. Elsewhere, Blackfire, Dex-Sarr, and Arla Hax meet Epoch, the Lord of Time.
I like when the heroes of a story are disadvantaged. It forces teamwork and strategy when there is nothing left to lose. Justice League Odyssey #18 finds its heroes extremely disadvantaged: separated and stranded beyond the edge of the universe. In these situations you have to take any chance you can. For Jess, that was talking down Eskaton. By letting Vic, or Cyborg, go, Darkseid will know their location. Epoch’s introduction was really cool. His many timelines all overlap leaving his memory jumbled. He remembers potential futures as if they are real and happened. It is a confusing concept to grasp but Abnet is a great writer. Epoch’s plan is to rewrite time and he needs Justice League Odyssey’s help. If the Lord of Time needs help rewriting time then I am very interested to see how they’ll do it.
I like cosmic comics a lot. If you are making a comic that takes place in space then you better get the art right. Richards and Beredo nail it. Dealing a lot of these characters and the setting, the bar is set so high by Jack Kirby. In comics, if there is space then there is kirby krackle. For starters, I really liked the depiction of Eskaton. Eskaton looks like a classic Kirby monster: a huge mass that looks like it can mess you up. Richards and Beredo absolutely nail the dark matter look as well as the giant cube that Eskaton is held. There’s something about monsters encased in giant cubes that screams cosmic horror.
I am new to Justice League Odyssey and new to a lot of these characters. Based on that, I liked this issue and I’m rating it without prior knowledge of the entire run. The opening fight was really cool. I’m really excited to see more of Eskaton and to see if they can take down Darkseid. The rest of the issue did not lose me after the excitement of the first few pages. The dialogue is well written and I really enjoyed the art. Overall, I had a lot of fun reading this issue and I’d recommend checking out this series. If you have been following since the start, pick up this issue at your local comic book shop or wherever you get your comics.
Justice League Odyssey #18: Just in Time
- Writing - 7/107/10
- Storyline - 7/107/10
- Art - 8/108/10
- Color - 8/108/10
- Cover Art - 8/108/10
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