Cosmic Odyssey

Author: Jim Starlin
Artist: Mike Mignola
Titan Books
RRP 17.99
ISBN 1 84023 715 5
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He is one of the most powerful and feared beings in the universe but Darkseid the schemer faces a menace beyond even his great abilities. Now the towering New God must find aid from beyond boundaries of his realm - forced to seek it in the camp of his enemies...

Although not made apparent, Cosmic Odyssey is really a JLA/JSA graphic novel - and a pretty good one at that.

The story is interesting and well constructed. For those who like a little comic history there is also a lengthy introduction which plots the history of the comic superhero.

Mike Mignola, of Hellboy fame, turns in a strange collection of artwork. It wasn't until Darkseid makes his first appearance that I realised Mignola's individual style. His illustrations for the other characters ranges from impressive to average - as though he had to rush certain pages.

I am still having problems working out Titan's pricing policy. It doesn't seem to reflect page count and quality of the paper stock. And £18 does seem a little on the expensive side for a collection of this size.

Apart from that, this will make a worthy addition to most comic fan's collection. Interesting, but not an essential purchase.

Pete Boomer

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