Starlin, Jim

AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:

3.3 out of 5

(3 books)

Cosmic Odyssey: Book Four - Death

(Art by Mike Mignola and Carlos Garzon)

The conclusion to the series sees Batman and Forager desperately trying to prevent the destruction of Earth whilst Darkseid, Highfather, Orion, Etrigan and Dr. Fate attempt to seal the Anti-Life Entity off within its own dimension forever.

This is a solid conclusion to the series (unfortunately I didn't manage to get my hands on Book Three to read) which nicely balances the small-scale personal danger with the vast cosmic struggle.  It's not mind-blowing, but it does the job.

There's also some genuine emotional weight to this book as Green Lantern John Stewart struggles to cope with guilt and another of the heroes gives his life to save the universe.

3 out of 5

 

Cosmic Odyssey: Book One - Discovery

(Art by Mike Mignola and Carlos Garzon)

After forming an unlikely alliance, Darkseid and the New Gods call upon the heroes of Earth to help them face a threat to both of their universes.  A malevolent entity has gained a foothold in the galaxy and plans to cause its collapse by destroying several key worlds, leaving the New Gods and the JLA to prevent this catastrophe.

Team-up stories featuring a threat to the whole universe are nothing new and, as a result, the set-up of this book feels a bit contrived.  However, this book tackles the cliche well and does a good job of making the reader feel like the stakes are valid.  I was also pleased to see member of the JLA, particularly Superman and Batman, being appropriately suspicious of Darkseid's help.

Added to all that is some really great artwork from Mike Mignola, who does a solid job of capturing Jack Kirby's style in regard to the New Gods.

4 out of 5

 

Cosmic Odyssey: Book Two - Disaster

(Art by Mike Mignola and Carlos Garzon)

Seeking to head off the plans of the Anti-Life Entity, four pairs of heroes travel to four separate key planets in the hope of preventing their destruction.

The majority of this book is simply the heroes trying to find and defeat the different ways that the planets are threatened.  It's got some nice action scenes, but it's all pretty straightforward.

However, there were two elements of this book that I really enjoyed.  The first was seeing how Batman takes a completely different approach to all the other heroes and, instead of plunging straight in, takes the time to put his renowned detective skills to use.  Where the likes of Superman and the New Gods often have a very 60s/70s vibe to them, this is very much the Batman of the 1980s.

The second element I liked was the fact that Starlin has one of the teams of heroes fail in their mission.  It does a great job of setting the stakes for the subsequent volumes but also leaves one of the Justice League's key members utterly devastated by his sense of guilt and failure.  This shows that even if the heroes themselves survive, there is a still a price to be paid.

3 out of 5

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