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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (2 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563890518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563890512
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 1.1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Starlin is a comics icon, responsible for many of the greatest Batman stories ever told, including the death of Robin! Mike Mignola is the multi-award-winning creator, writer and artist of Hellboy, and is currently hard at work adapting his creation for the big screen! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
Written in 1989, shortly after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, this gives a new chance for the New Gods from Jack Kirby's Fourth World achance to shine. The most powerful DC villain, Darkseid, dark god of the hellish world of Apokolips, has spent millenia looking for the anti-life equation which he believes will enable him to conquer the universe. Yet when Metron, the top scientist of the New Gods, unleashes the antilife equation into this universe, Darkseid knows he'll need help in stopping its destructive powers, so he turns to Earth's greatest heroes.
This is an excellent story which mixes well known characters like Batman and Superman with the New Gods as well as less famous ones like Starfire and the Demon, so you get to see a lot of characters in one book, with each getting their chance in the spotlight. The anti-life entity is not the most imaginitve or well characterised villain but its deadly servants serve well to challenge the heroes' mettle.
Basically this is a cool galactic adventure with lots of mayhem, and a very tragic mistake by replacement Green Lantern John Stewart, one which will haunt him for years. Of course, Darkseid will seek to betray his allies, but the wily Batman has his own ace up his sleeve. The artwork is unusual but fun. definitely recommended, especially for beginners to the DC Universe
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A nice piece of work 25 April 2003
By T. SWANK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I initially bought this just because Mike Mognola did the art, which by the way is absolutely amazing and proved furthermore that he is one of the most versitile and gifted artists out there today. But then I found there was much more there, and I honestly very impressed by the story. Straight out of 1988, this "cosmic" tale is typical of the time, and today seen as cliche', but it is still very fun to read. It was great to see so many characters, mainly of the "space adventurers" such as Superman and the New Genesis people, and their colaborations with each other. The most interesting aspects of the story were amongst the characters themselves. I wasn't so much concerned with the end of the universe, but how well Batman and Forager got along, or Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter (this part of the story proved most personal as we a see a very distraught GL who goes through a devestating event). Even though I didn't know half of the characters or their backgrounds, I could still understand them and not feel left out. We know they will win, but how is so much more fun. One promising thing is that there is enough action and driving story that you can read it again and again. I can't think of the last time I read something this good and clear-written. I was also very happy that Starlin didn't focus on just Superman and Batman (the two usual big guns), but rather focused on this alliance of super beings. Buy it if not for the art alone, but a solid, fun story that won't let you down.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The best of Starlin, with great art by a young Mike Mignola 8 Feb. 2014
By Surferofromantica - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's cool to read Cosmic Odysssey after reading tons of Hellboy comics, because you get to see a young Mike Mignola stretching out into cosmic zones, and you also get one of the better Jim Starlin stories around. As for Mignola, he's not as inky and dark as he is later on with his signature Hellyboy style, and in some ways he's quite Walt Simonson-esque, but the action sequences are fine, as is the pacing, and you get a lot of neat atmospheric touches as well!

Basically, we're revisiting the world of New Genesis and Apokolips, with Darkseid an ally of the New Gods as they recruit Superman, Batman, and a bunch of other heroes - a Green Lantern, Starfire, Martian Manhunter, and the Demon Etrigan even - as they work out how to prevent the Anti-Life Force Entity's fingertips from punching a hole in the galaxy and allowing the Entity to invade our existence. Wow! Guest appearance by Dr Fate, although I'm not quite so sure who he is and what he does…

The book starts off with a red herring - Darkseid sending his storm troopers to earth to cause mischief, Superman and Lightray show up to beat them up and send them packing; one of them is stranded, and he ends up in a confrontation with Batman… before becoming a very interesting and grisly part of the final battle for the fate of the galaxy (or universe, not sure which). Great battle scenes here. Then we find out what Metron's been up to - seems like he's been a bad god and gone into nether dimensions he (and we) would have been better staying out of. Briefings in New Genesis, a cosmic history of the discoverers of the Anti-Life Equation, and our eight heroes are sent off in pairs - Batman and Forager/Bug, Superman and Orion, Wildfire and Lightray, and Green Lantern John Stewart with the Martian Manhunter. It's interesting to see each of these teams work together on the missions, as neither pairing is smooth, and there are lots of personality clashes and interesting surprises. Great tension! Batman and Forager have the best mission - they need to save Earth, and they have an amazing battle with reanimated demons and men, some great kinetic work by Mignola; Starfire's victory is also amazing, some smarts from her (she's sent to Rann, so Adam Strange shows up too). And there's also a weak old Jason Blood pairing with a vastly weakened Etrigan, and some great conflict there too (and a touching moment as the two re-unite). The death of Xanshi is amazing, as is the brutal reunion of J'onn J'onzz and John Stewart afterwards (we get one more repeat confrontation later on, also amazing). The rebirth of The Demon is very cool, and fully of great colors, bright and bold lines. Love it! Superman's battle with a robot with a microphone head is darn cool, as is Starfire's duke-em-up with a pile of green slime, and wild, stylish phasings back and forth between both scenes. Orion's destruction on Thranigar. The voyage of The Demon, Darkseid and the Highfather into the realm of the Anti-Life Entity, and a nutty showdown there - with a few surprises. Orion getting slugged by both Superman and the Batman, Darkseid helpless, yet victorious.

A great story - one of the best.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Graphic Novel, Terrible Paper 27 Feb. 2012
By D. Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I originally read the 4 volume mini-series entitled Cosmic Odyssey, I was floored. It was one of my first experiences of the highly stylized, beautifully rendered artwork of Mike Mignola. From that point on, I was a Mignola devotee. Moreover, the series features the who's who of the DC universe and, without overdoing it with too many figures like Crisis on Infinite Earths, will delight fans of Batman, Darkseid and the New Gods, and the supernatural elements of the DC Universe like the Demon and Doctor Fate.

Jim Starlin has never been particularly inventive as a writer. His stories usually go by the numbers and even in this graphic novel the conceit of banding into smaller teams to stop anti-life entities is trite (wasn't this the plot device for every G.I. Joe cartoon mini-series?). However, Starlin writes a bit above his usual fare in this story arc: characters like John Stewart are forever changed, there are real failures and triumphs, and Batman is truly fleshed out not only as the consummate detective and brains of the super hero world but also as genuinely compassionate man. The treatment of Batman is excellent here. There are lots of nice touches even if the general plot is nothing new. It didn't make as great an impression on me upon a further rereading as an adult, but its still a nice, standalone graphic novel.

The only reason for 3 stars rather than 4 or 5 is because DC printed this book on shoddy paper. Rather than the glossy paper that Mignola's artwork deserves, the cheaper paper bleeds colors and feels, well, cheap. Will DC ever spend the extra money to make such collected, vintage works shine rather than just exist?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beware of the Introduction 29 Oct. 2014
By Daneel Olivaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I agree with the favorable reviews: if you like Starlin's space extravaganzas and/or Mignola's artistic style, this book is a treat and it's fun to see these two creators set loose on DC's characters. But if you do get this book, do NOT read the introduction before you read the actual story. The intro is jaw-dropping in how many spoilers it contains, telegraphing every plot twist and surprise to come. It should have been an "Afterword" instead of an introduction and its positioning is disgraceful considering its content. Trust me, you'll have a much better time if you skip it until the end.
A few flaws but overall a good read 3 Dec. 2011
By Scott Yeats - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Usually I avoid New Gods stories, but saw the good reviews... glad I gave it a chance.

The plot is interesting and the teamups were inspired. Starfire and Adam Strange,
20 years before 52! It was good to finally read something I'd heard so much about,
John Stewart's colossal failure for the planet Xanshi.
Early art by Mike Mignola - nice.

Only real complaint is the clunky dialogue...everyone sounds the same. And Starfire
being referred to as "Cory" instead of "Kory"... they should've caught that.
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