Cry for Justice


 

So, I became aware of this limited series about 4 months ago when while loitering at my LCS I saw the eye catching painted art of Mauro Cascoili  on the cover.  Then, I noticed the name 'James Robinson' and I distinctly recalled my friend singing his praises one night, so I checked out the first issue.  
 
Check out G-Man's preview here: http://www.comicvine.com/news/justice-league-cry-for-justice-1oh-boy/138552/


The opening scene is just chilling. It depicts a Hal Jordan who is fed up with watching friends and compatriots die during the various crisies. With the most recent deaths of J'onn J'onzz and Batman, Hal has hit his limit. He basically tells Superman and the rest of the League that he's done standing idly by and waiting as villains plot their next strike and perhaps kill again and at one point sounds not unlike I imagine Sinestro might have sounded back in the days before he crossed the line back on Korugar. Oliver Queen backs Hal and they leave as Hal questions if the Justice League places the importance on the word "League" or the word "Justice".  
 
This series has kept me coming back to pick up the following issue for a number of reasons, but one of the big ones is the villain in the story. Prometheus. 
  
This is a character that in his very first appearance challenged the most powerful roster of the JLA to date by himself, and he took out half the team before they realized they were under attack. Prometheus has no powers, he's just got a pretty brillant and inventive criminal mind, high-tech gadgets, and is a master of about a dozen or so martial arts. Sound like anyone you know? Shortly afterwards, he teamed up with Lex to form a new streamlined Injustice League and blew up the Justice League Watchtower during the Magdegon crisis. Batman managed to outmaneuver Prometheus and captured him. 
  
After this, (and this is an opinion I happen to share with James Robinson) Prometheus fell on hard times. He showed up as a henchman to Hush and started using pistols for no reason. Later on, he lost one-on-one to Robin III... with each appearance he seemed less and less competent. Sure, during this period, he knocked out Lady Shiva in about 3 panels of combat, but he had effectively gone from being a credible threat to the entire JLA to being arch-nemesis to the Huntress. (The Huntress? Really??) I am eternally  indebted to Robinson for making an effort to not only awknowledge the damage, but to try to repair the damage to this great Grant Morrison creation.
 
Also in this series is the continuation of the story of Freddy Freeman. Captain Marvel has also always been a favorite of mine, but I didn't care much for Freddy until he took over the mantle from Billy. Now, I'm glad to see him on the frontlines here, searching for justice. 
 
Which brings us to the title... "Cry for Justice" is taken from the various characters who feel personally touched by all the recent deaths in the DCU. Hal for example, despite not liking Bruce Wayne, feels he should do something about it, demand justice. Which is odd, because in Promethus' first appearance he makes a point of saying it is his wish to 'destroy justice'. So, we'll see how this ends up with Hal's thrown together team of Ollie, Ray Palmer, Freddy, and Kara Zor-El going up against Prometheus' plans. 
 
If you're not reading this mini-series, you're missing out. 

16 Comments
16 Comments
Posted by .Mistress Redhead.

the art is hideous 

Posted by Satyrquaze
@.Mistress Redhead. said:
"the art is hideous  "

I'm a fan.
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir
@.Mistress Redhead. said:
"the art is hideous  "

it depends on the page
Posted by Satyrquaze
@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:
"@.Mistress Redhead. said:
"the art is hideous  "
it depends on the page "

I recommend people actually read the books rather than just look at the pictures. :p
Posted by ARMIV

I dig that cover!

Posted by Vortex13

The only reason I'm getting this series is because I'm really liking Congorilla. I had not hear of him until this series and I think he is very cool.

Edited by Satyrquaze
@Vortex13 said:

"The only reason I'm getting this series is because I'm really liking Congorilla. I had not hear of him until this series and I think he is very cool. "


Congo Bill is pretty awesome, He's another high point of the series.
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir
@Satyrquaze said:
"@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:
"@.Mistress Redhead. said:
"the art is hideous  "
it depends on the page "
I recommend people actually read the books rather than just look at the pictures. :p "

for me I'm afraid the story is a tad hit and miss, I actually prefer the parts with Mikaal and Bill than the other parts, I was very pleased when the Shade started showing up
Posted by ~The Wanderer~
@.Mistress Redhead. said:
" the art is brilliant  "
So agreed ;P
Which is more than I can say about the plot.
Posted by .Mistress Redhead.
@Satyrquaze said:
" @.Mistress Redhead. said:
"the art is hideous  "
I'm a fan. "
Each to their own, i prefer a more refined look, the girls faces look manly. 
 
 
@~The Wanderer~ said:
" @.Mistress Redhead. said:
" the art is brilliant  "
So agreed ;P Which is more than I can say about the plot. "
dont be touching ma posts wand or iz do bad things to use... 
 
not in that way,... 
 
no never mind LOL
Posted by ~The Wanderer~

LOL.

Posted by mrjoshua

I don't like that they killed off a few characters. I don't understand the part with Clayface. Why didn't Ray Palmer know it was him? I'm not a fan of Prometheus. I find the idea of his character more interesting than how it's been presented. And the art work does look a bit dark and muddy.

Posted by LoganRogue24

iam reading for Kara.
Posted by burr787

I was psyched for this book and the team had several of my favorite characters in it....then I read it. Not only was the first issue just one big glorified role call but the dialogue was God awful. But it's been 4 issues and nothing has happened. Not to mention JUSTICE!!!

Posted by Daymare

I think the issues with the issues come from the way it was originally going to be done. It started as an ongoing that was going to have a 6 week schedule to give the artist time to get his art done. Then they decided to give Robinson the Justice League book son they made it a mini and actually demanded that the mini-series get done on time (rare, I know), so the 6 week got pushed up to 4...which has had an effect on the art. 
While not the biggest fan of the story he will be a better writer for the JL than the crap they have been shoveling lately. I am not sure the line-up is so hot though, especially with all but a few of the Titans not coming to the team (i can only guess that title is going away).
I am just hoping they do not jack up Shazam again. Robinson was not allowed to move him over to the new JL team. Freddie is a great character since the "Trials" and the rumour is that a mini comng up will have him  battle Billy to see who gets to keep the power by the wizard Shazam...which makes no sense as Freddie did not get his power from the wizard, he actually earned them from the Greek Gods the name is taken from.

Posted by Benuben

It is funny, how horrible this series turned out to be.