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 Post subject: Cosmic Odyssey (GN)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:45 pm 
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Cosmic Odyssey is a graphic novel first published in 1988. Illustrated by a pre-Hellboy Mike Mignola (with inks by Carlos Garzan) and written by Jim Starlin. 226 newsprint pages, full-color with a four page text introduction.

First things first, this book is old. The newsprint pages (may be different in the '09 edition) will tell you that. But the art is this awesome pre-Hellboy Mignola that almost looks like a Kirby homage. Starlin's story involves new Genesis/Apokolypse forming an alliance with a small band of Earth heroes to stop the Anti-Life entity from destroying our whole universe. It then follows the whole "we'll band together to split up and do separate missions" trope that is actually handled rather well.

Get this book if:
You like the Fourth World (Darkseid, Orion, Lightray, etc.)
You want to see one of the first times Darkseid had to cooperate with the good guys.
One of the inspirations for Superman TAS episodes. (and possibly a Justice League TAS episode as well)
A story that actually captures how hard Batman has to work to keep up with the super-powered types.
Guest-stars include Starfire, GL John Stewart, Martian Manhunter, Etrigan, Dr. Fate, Orion, Lightray, and of course Superman and Batman.

One advantage of older books is so many are on the discounted used book shelves at your LCS. I picked up my copy (in Good condition) from a convention for $10.


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