WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Justice League Odyssey #14 by Dan Abnett, ChrisCross, Cliff Richards, Le Beau Underwood, Danny Miki, Scott Hanna, Rain Beredo, Pete Pantazis and Andworld Design, on sale now.
Justice League Odyssey has been upping the ante when it comes to DC's dire cosmic landscape. Darkseid is fashioning his ultimate weapon, Sepulkore. This war-world has been created by the Lord of Apokolips to be used as a haven away from the Multiverse once it's remade by Lex Luthor and Perpetua.
However, to do this he betrayed and corrupted the alliance of heroes -- Cyborg, Starfire and Azrael -- as part of his larger endgame: to exist outside of reality, invulnerable to any future crisis and leaving the galaxy doomed. Following Jessica Cruz's return from the dead, though, those remaining who intend to deal with Darkseid and use Sepulkore as a possible sanctuary for the cosmos quickly discover Okkult, the mysterious space cop investigating the case is actually one of the last and most powerful New Gods: Orion.
The New Gods were last seen being devoured by the ravenous Eskaton once the Source Wall shattered. Darkseid himself ran afoul of these monsters who were destined to kill his race. But in his haven, he's secure and racing towards a rift where he can leave the Multiverse. Jessica, however, has other plans as she, the Zamaronian scientist known as Hax, Blackfire (Starfire's sister) and Okkult all want to catch the villain before he departs.
Jessica wants revenge after Darkseid killed her, even though the Green Lantern was reborn in control of Omega Energy. Meanwhile the rest of this science cell wants to use Darkseid's tech for the greater good. We didn't know what Okkult was up to specifically, though. Initially, he was thought to be some muscle Hax hired to take care of her space station. Well, we couldn't have been more wrong because Darkseid's son has now been exposed.
The majority of Orion's people died when the Source Wall exploded, sending cosmic energy throughout the universe to destroy the likes of New Genesis and Apokolips. Orion, however, escaped a similar fate. And since then, he's been masked up as Okkult with a special suit that hid his energy, DNA and overall presence from anyone in the galaxy. He simply couldn't tip the Eskaton off because they'd come to eat him too.
Sadly, when Dex and co. grow suspicious, they attack Okkult, leaving his costume disintegrated thanks to the Red Lantern cat. Shockingly, Orion's not even angry, he's scared, because the Eskaton immediately teleport and arrive looking to consume him.
It remains to be seen how he'll survive this but, seeing as he's Darkseid's offspring and such a powerful hero, Orion may be able to fend them off. It helps that Jessica's powered up as well, so Orion does have backup. Protecting him is an important mission because he may have garnered some info on Sepulkore they could use.
Orion has fought with the League over the years, so admittedly, he won't be easy to work with. But Jessica's made it clear that differences have to be put aside. She's told everyone she's in charge and she was resurrected with a temper, so once Orion accepts he's not leading the party and falls in line, he'll have allies at his disposal to stop Darkseid's exit.
Sepulkore is very important, so if Jessica and Orion work together we could have a New God dynamic duo on our hands the likes of which the DCU has never seen before.
Justice League Odyssey #14 goes on sale Nov. 13.