Justice League Odyssey #3 Review Aggressively Average
• DC Comics (Publisher) • Buy it (Wait for the Trade)
One of the hardest parts of being a comic reviewer is encountering a string of mediocre comics. Good comics you're typically excited to get your feelings out there. Bad comics tend to be easy to poke holes into and format into a review. With books that fall into the meh category, it's hard to find motivation at all.
I actually forgot I owned this comic, it got mixed up in a long box by accident. I guess I know why now. Justice League Odyssey #3 isn't terrible, it simply exists.
The comic picks up after the cliffhanger of the last issue with Starfire being out of control and the makeshift Justice League having to deal that.
Sadly the cover and first few pages are the most exciting aspects of the issue. The rest of the book features continues building the setting of the Ghost Sector and also focuses in on character development and interactions within the team.
It sounds good on paper but the book isn't terribly exciting. We're three issues deep and the series is still in setup phase which means we're officially pacing this series for the trade.
Ironically, I just finished reading Transformers #2 from IDW. The book is totally different but feels similarly paced but that series feels fresh while this one feels as bland as Karen's potato salad.
The art from Philippe Briones is detailed and varied throughout the issue but something isn't landing for me. I think it's more to with the generic story being told here than the art direction. A new villain is introduced in this issue by the name of Rapture. Not much information is given about him but he seems to have a connection to Azrael.
The series actually reminds me of X-Treme X-Men, a series that followed a group of X-Men operating independently searching for the diaries of Destiny. A villain that could see the future. That series was also pretty bland and didn't last long by the standards of the time.
The story of Justice League Odyssey plods along similarly and ends on another cliffhanger. I want to like this series, I may finish the first arc and see how it turns out but it's not holding my interest. It's too early in this series lifespan to be firing off filler content.
Also, despite the cool Stjepan Sejic cover's suggestion, Darkseid does not appear in the book.